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Five questions for David Wiesner

Cat-and-mouse games are so over — what might a feline do when faced with little green men? My question is entirely literal, and David Wiesner’s answer, in the form of his new picture book Mr. Wuffles! (Clarion, 3–7 years), is completely reasonable. See five more questions below. 1. History is written by the victors. What’s Mr. […]

From the Editor – September 2013

Come October 4th and 5th, I hope you will join us at the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. The theme of this year’s HBAS is “Building Character,” and I invite you to join with the BGHB winners, Simmons faculty, and Horn Book staff in a day-long exploration of […]

Creature features

Young readers may recognize themselves in these four funny picture books portraying animals — contemporary, extinct, and imaginary alike — in very human situations and with very human foibles. Dinah, the star of David Ezra Stein’s Dinosaur Kisses, bursts out of her egg, eager to experience her prehistoric world. After some exploratory stomping and chomping, […]

Apps for young scientists

Budding scientists rejoice! These four nonfiction apps use cutting-edge technology, from x-ray composites to 3D imaging, to explore biology, paleontology, and archeology in educational and entertaining ways. Bats! Furry Fliers of the Night introduces users to the world’s only flying mammal. Mary Kay Carson, author of Scientists in the Field entry The Bat Scientists, presents accessible information […]

Real girls

Body image issues; death and grief; attempted suicide; mental illness. Problem novels move into the twenty-first century with these books starring young women who cope with their troubles in refreshingly realistic, nuanced ways. In K. A. Barson’s 45 Pounds (More or Less), sixteen-year-old Ann Galardi wants to lose weight: she can’t fit into department store […]

Essential back-to school stories

What will the new school year bring? Here are four fresh, age-appropriate, and accessible school stories that will please early-elementary readers. In twenty very short, generously illustrated chapters, Rose Lagercrantz’s My Happy Life takes the essential matter of the early-elementary school years — best friends, weird curriculum (potato week?!), playground accidents — and recasts it […]

Books mentioned in the September 2013 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for David Wiesner Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner, Clarion, 3–7 years. Creature features Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein, illus. by the author, Candlewick, 2–5 years. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea, Disney-Hyperion, 2–5 years. The Long, Long Line by Tomoko Ohmura, illus. by the author, Owlkids, 2–5 years. Xander’s Panda […]