Do we have any actual evidence that Peter Jackson has gone through puberty? Yes, there’s the beard, and the children, but his Tolkien movies all look like they were conceived and directed by a ten-year-old. I only saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on TV but we saw The Desolation of Smowg in all its […]
Kate DiCamillo is a great choice for National Ambassador for Children’s Literature. Personable, thoughtful, respected by critics and loved by young readers. Her The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane won the 2006 Boston-Globe Horn Book Award; I’ve always thought the only thing that stood between it and Newbery recognition […]
Test-driving my new iPad mini (thank you Santa-Richard) while vacationing in Provincetowm–reading (Daniel Silva), eating (Chex mix) and shopping (thrilled to find a used CD of Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk about Love, which I’ll be inflicting on my reviewing class at Simmons in a few weeks). Also scrambling to get my reviews written–if I can’t […]
The Horn Book’s annual busman’s holiday took us to the movies to see Saving Mr. Banks. We laughed, we cried; it’s not a very good movie but the star power and chemistry of Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks kept me involved. I hear from more knowledgeable sources that the film is at some distance from […]
They were adorable. But between the pageant, caroling the night before, decorating the tree yesterday, and making enough Chex mix to last through Valentine’s Day, I feel like my holiday responsibilities are over. If Santa* would just write my book reviews I would be all set. *He can be any color. I don’t care. […]
Tomorrow I’ll be participating in my first (and thus best, I suppose) Christmas pageant ever, with what seems to be a pretty Jesusy group of Unitarians. (They have a cross behind what passes for the altar, but a Mogen David hangs in the front.) My childhood Catholic church had a manger scene on the lawn in […]
Here is Fanfare, the Horn Book’s list of the best books for young people published in 2013. The complete annotated list will be sent to Notes from the Horn Book subscribers next week; sign up now (it’s free) to get it hot off the server. The annotated list, beautifully designed by Lolly Robinson and suitable […]
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and may you all have lots of leisure time for reading this long weekend (if you get a long weekend). I’m happily juggling three time travel novels: Andrew Sean Greer’s The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells; Stephen King’s 11/22/63 (which I was at first listening to–it has a great reader–but it’s just […]
The following books will receive starred reviews in the January-February 2014 issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Some of these books will also be included on our Fanfare best-of-the-year list, which will be published next month. Santiago Stays; written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez (Abrams Appleseed/Abrams) Hello, Mr. Hulot; written and illustrated by David Merveille (NorthSouth) Big […]
The post Starred books, January-February 2014 Horn Book Magazine appeared first on The Horn Book.
Former publisher of children’s books at HarperCollins and immortal author of picture books Charlotte Zolotow has died at the age of 98. As an editor and publisher she was quite a force, bringing us such revelations as The Pigman and Weetzie Bat; as an author, she is without peer in her particular realm: the quiet […]
Back from New York, where I spent Saturday morning at Bank Street College talking about book reviewing with my sisters at SLJ (Luann Toth), Kirkus (Vicky Smith), and the New York Times (Sarah Harrison Smith). We talked about numbers of books (too many), lengths of books (too long) and the thinking involved in matching the […]
Saturday morning AT THE UNGODLY HOUR OF 9:00AM I’ll be joining my book reviewing sisters Sarah Smith (NYTBR) Vicky Smith (Kirkus) and Luann Toth (SLJ) for a panel discussion of book reviewing at Bank Street College in New York. I hope you can join us.
I saw Ender’s Game last weekend and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. What impressed me most was how much a true children’s movie it is; like Asa Butterfield’s (Ender) previous movie Hugo, Ender’s Game neither winks over children’s heads to an adult audience nor sexes things up for putative YA interest. Although […]
Peter Gutierrez has an excellent essay up over at SLJ about the calls to boycott the just-opening film adaptation of Ender’s Game. As Gutierrez points out and The Wrap confirms in greater detail, a boycott of the film has no impact on Card’s wallet–what you need to do is get people to stop buying his […]
School Library Journal threw a nice party for retiring Book Review Editor Trevelyn T. Jones in the Louis L’Amour room at Random House on Tuesday night. It was so great to see Trev, who has been indefatigable for the past thirty years–I first worked with her when I was a reviewer for SLJ in the […]
If you’re free and in Boston Wednesday night, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion of the Common Core State Standards for Bookbuilders of Boston. Other panelists include Simmons GSLIS prof Amy Pattee and educational publishing consultant Steve Pekich; the program runs from 6:00-8:00PM at 501 Boylston Street in Copley Square. Bring ID to get […]
I’m still thinking about “literary fiction” and what it might mean in the context of books for young people. The National Book Awards named their shortlist of finalists yesterday, and I’m guessing those lucky ducks can serve as at least a pretty good approximation of what researchers Kidd and Castano were looking for when they [...]
The post Is it still formula fiction if you’ve never read anything like it? appeared first on The Horn Book.
Congratulations to Alice Munro. What should I read by her? You might guess from that question that I am not the world’s heaviest lifter of “literary fiction,” and am not even sure I know it when I see it. The New York Times recently reported on a study published in Science which purported to suggest [...]
Check out the homepage for photos from our weekend’s festivities. Above, Susan Bloom and me.
The post BGHB/HBAS pics appeared first on The Horn Book.
While Gary Soto seems a bit of a fragile flower in this essay about why he’s been scared off writing for children, I have sympathy for him. If your book is sexy or foul-mouthed or anti-authority, you have no better friends than the American Library Association and its adjacent professions. They will–and they should–stick up [...]