DOG’S NOISY DAY by Emma Dodd
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A story as gentle as a lamb, with loopy good-time characters—the type that have both eyes on one side of their head—but tricked out in high-saturation, energetic colors that light a fire under all the hee-haws and honks. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Read aloud, yes, but Dodd's tour of the farmyard, conducted by her friendly mutt who first taught colors and the alphabet (Dog's Colorful Day, 2001; Dog's ABC, 2002), is more a woof-quack-oink-baaa-moo-cock-a-doodle-doo aloud. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 14, 2003

"In an increasingly complicated world, the simple joy projected here goes down easy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Brilliant watercolors bounce off the page in this charming romp through the seasons. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"In the end, the duckling follows his mother's directions for the first time, just in time to save himself from the toothsome creature lurking at water's edge, making Buzzeo's gentle lesson just right for the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In her sophomore outing, Buzzeo (The Sea Chest, p. 949) introduces a duckling that likes to do his own thing: "Across the bay / on the blue waves rolling, / one Mama Duck / paddles and quacks. / One, two, three ducklings / swim behind / But the fourth little duckling / dawdles and dreams." Read full book review >
Homemade Love by bell hooks
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"This joyful, loving African-American family is a model for all families to emulate. (Picture book. 2-5)"
There is no plot in this paean to parental unconditional love, but one isn't needed; the bold design and bright colors infuse enough energy into the soothing message to keep readers and listeners hooked. Read full book review >
BABY LOVE by Hope Vestergaard
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Unfortunately, the rest of this collection is pure pablum. (Poetry. 2-5)"
A former teacher and nanny, Vestergaard crafts more than 20 odes to babies in her debut for children. Read full book review >

MY MOMMY by Susan Paradis
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

"Cozy and comforting, Paradis's tale is a testament to a mother's devotion and a joy to read. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Paradis (My Daddy, 1998) turns her keen eye towards the unique bonds shared by mother and child. Read full book review >
SNOW by Manya Stojic
by Manya Stojic, illustrated by Manya Stojic
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"This snowfall is both exciting and peaceful. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Stojic (Hello World, above, etc.) paints this gentle anticipation and enjoyment of a snowfall in breezy, broad strokes. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS HAS MERRY! by Harriet Ziefert
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"For those who like their Christmas sugarplums tart rather than sweet. (Board book. 1-6)"
The inverted logic of this patterned text by Ziefert (Halloween Has Boo, 2002, etc.) will be amusing to adult readers, but the humor may be lost on most of the traditional audience of the board book set. Read full book review >
BOUNCING BABIES by Mike Brownlow
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Babies wake at half-past two!' (Picture book. 1-4)"
In lilting verse, Brownlow (The Big White Book with (Almost) Nothing in It, not reviewed, etc.) cheerfully celebrates all that infants love to do from morning to night; they don't just gurgle and sleep. Read full book review >
ONE BEAR, ONE DOG by Paul Stickland
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Sturdy enough for small hands and short enough for repeated bedtime readings. (Board book. 1-4)"
Animals enter one by one to join the parade as they march, jump, and creep their way across the pages of this sturdy board book. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"The repetitive text, sunny illustrations, and entirely familiar scenarios will make this a favorite of parents and children alike. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Parents and caregivers will recognize the ritualistic pleading that takes place when spending the day with a toddler. Read full book review >
WORRY BEAR by Charlotte Dematons
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Still, bear lovers will want to snuggle up to Worry Bear, too. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Wide awake in the wee hours of the morning, Worry Bear sits perched on his shelf in the dark toy store—take a minute to find him among the multitudes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >