Caldecott Medalist Eric Rohmann talks with Children's & Teen Editor Vicky Smith about his new Halloween book, Bone Dog, a sometimes-funny, sometimes-scary and ultimately touching tale. Kirkus praised it for balancing "a tight text full of tough emotions with clear images of an everlasting friendship." Here Eric discusses grief and promises, the universality of the relationship between a child and a dog, and the importance of choosing just the right words.
See Kirkus' 2011 Halloween Picture-Book Roundup.
Although it’s not physically possible to be in two places at once, Mario Batali will have you checking your old physics textbook just to be sure. Chef and restaurateur may be the most prominent items on his impressive résumé, but add to that cookbook author, founder of the children’s charity the Mario Batali Foundation, co-founder of the 50,000-square-foot Eataly in New York City, and, most recently, co-host of the daily talk show, The Chew.
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That most bewitching of holidays is upon us along with the desire to be thrilled and frightened. This Halloween weekend pick up one of these books—either a fiction page-turner or a true-life horror story—to celebrate the supernatural and strange.
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Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
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Vampires, mummies, goblins—they come out every year, just in time to get little ones excited for Halloween. This year saw a bumper crop of Halloween books—here are five of our favorites.
See our roundup of all of 2011's Halloween picture books.
The Sleepless Little Vampire
Egielski’s saturated watercolor-and-ink artwork takes center stage in this visually rich parade of spooky nighttime creatures. Perched on his bed and holding a Frankenstein’s-monster doll, the young vampire opens the tale by ...
Richard Brandt pulls the curtain back to reveal the wizard of Amazon, the online company’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in One Click. A journalist by trade, Brandt (Inside Larry and Sergey’s Brain, 2009, etc.), tracks the retailer’s meteoric rise and crafts a sketch of the company’s enigmatic leader to find out what makes him click.
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The beauty of fiction is that it does not limit itself to our preconceived notions of "genre." A single story can have elements from many genres. (See previous articles on mashups.) And so it is with science fiction, a genre which can easily incorporate elements from other genres. It seems fitting that in this month of Halloween, we look at the spooky intersection of science fiction and horror.
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Last summer I had the good fortune to attend a talk by Jack Gantos. Gantos has been writing for children and teens since the mid-’70s and has won much acclaim, including a Newbery Honor (for Joey Pigza Loses Control) and a Sibert Honor (for A Hole in My Life). His newest book, Dead End in Norvelt, has received rave reviews from just about everybody, including us.
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Reality becomes riveting reading in investigative journalist Arundhati Roy’s Walking With the Comrades, a behind-the-scenes account of the Indian government’s “murderous polices toward the country’s tribal population.” Roy relates the stories behind India’s tribal people and what they’ve suffered at the hands of their own government in its attempts to reclaim their lands, rich in natural resources, and reallocate them to corporate interests.
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