LARABEE by Kevin Luthardt
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"This is a colorful, seamless blend of simple sentiment mixed with happy intent putting a stamp on why we should continue to use the post office for more than just junk mail. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A subtle twist on the mailman vs. dog theme, but Mr. Bowman the mailman, brings his own dog, Larabee, on his route every day. Read full book review >
RAINDROP, PLOP! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Finishing on a triumphant note with the sun bursting forth, this bright tale is just right for snuggling up on a stormy day. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A little girl frolics among the raindrops in this effervescent counting book. Read full book review >

TIME FOR BALLET by Adèle Geras
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"Geared for the tiniest tiptoes, this sparkling tale is bound to delight. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Tilly is tickled pink because it's Tuesday, the day for ballet lessons. Read full book review >
ROCK-A-BYE BABY by Danny Adlerman
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Some readers may prefer a more traditional approach to children's illustration, but all are sure to appreciate the Adlermans' creative artistry. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A husband-and-wife team expands the familiar lullaby in this visually packed effort. Read full book review >
MUNG-MUNG by Linda Sue Park
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"And it'll have them nuff-nuffing all the way home. (Picture book. 2-7)"
"What kind of animal says "Mung-Mung, BoBo, Gav-Gav, Wow-Wow," or "Woof-Woof?" Read full book review >

IT’S TOO SOON! by Nigel McMullen
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A snuggly last-book-of-the-night read that both adults and children will appreciate. (Picture book. 2-5)"
As any caretaker knows, toddlers hang onto their day with a sticky-fingered grip, and for Anna, who is being looked after by her Gramps, the skill at delaying bedtime is finely honed. Read full book review >
SPARKY by Flora McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"The volume's well-designed cover seems promising, with a smiling Sparky showing off his puppy-dog charms against a bright orange background, but the story itself lacks sparkle. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Sparky is an engaging, brown-and-black puppy experiencing his first day in his new home with a little girl named Mary. Read full book review >
LITTLE QUACK’S HIDE AND SEEK by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Cuddlesome ducklings add instant eye-appeal while the predictable rhythms of the tale are satisfying for small fry. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A mother duck and her quintet of ducklings play a rousing game of hide-and-seek in this playful counting tale. Read full book review >
WAKE UP, IT’S SPRING! by Lisa Campbell Ernst
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"With just enough detail to define the scene, but not enough to overwhelm, they highlight the animals and objects that are familiar to children. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Nature plays the childhood game of telephone in this tale of spring's arrival. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, HARRY by Kim Lewis
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"The velvety artwork has a dreamy quality, combined with familiar details that will hasten and cushion the fall into sleep. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Lewis delivers a sweet, slightly melancholy tale of Harry the stuffed elephant, first introduced in My Friend Harry (1995). Read full book review >
LITTLE BUNNY FOO FOO by Paul Brett Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Storytimers will be singing along from page one. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The Good Fairy doesn't like tomfoolery. Read full book review >
A LITTLE STORY ABOUT A BIG TURNIP by Tatiana Zunshine
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"This classic is deserving of a more energetic retelling and those abound. (Picture book/folktale. 2-6)"
A pedestrian narrative dominates this retelling of a traditional Russian tale of a turnip that grows so large that it can't be pulled out of the ground until various members of the family—Grandie, Grannie, and Annie (and their pets)—pull and pull and pull. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >