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Horn Book Magazine — May/June 2017: Special Issue: Humor

Table of Contents Features “Say Something Funny” by Lisa Yee Musings of an accidental humorist. “What’s So Funny About Comics?” by Françoise Mouly The New Yorker art editor and TOON publisher argues that humor is fundamental to comics.  “Laughter and Resistance” by Philip Nel Humor as a weapon in the age of Trump. “Mocking Moscow” […]

Editorial: The Little Old Lady from Boston Meets Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang

What can I say? When we were planning our annual special issue and decided on the topic of humor, it was last summer, and everyone was feeling very optimistic. Now I suppose we can only hope, as the old saying goes (and as Lisa Yee reminds us), that comedy is tragedy plus time, as I […]

“Say Something Funny”

I went on a date in high school once where I barely knew the guy. In those dinosaur days you couldn’t Google someone, so instead I asked everyone what they knew about this person. Apparently, he did the same. Over dinner my date said, “Everyone says you’re funny. Say something funny.” “I don’t know any […]

From the Editor – April 2017

Don’t miss the annual special issue of The Horn Book Magazine, this year on the theme of humor. Wow, that sounds deadly. But it isn’t, trust me! Along with mostly-serious articles about how and why to be funny in books for young people, we’ve also solicited some of our author and illustrator friends to tell […]