THE TRAIN RIDE by June Crebbin
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"The chunky shapes of the impressionistic countryside appear in bright chalk pastels; these and the warmly effective finale do hold appeal, but this is a fairly mild trip. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A contemporary looking little girl and her mother climb aboard what looks like a blocky toy train pulled by a steam engine. Read full book review >
THERE ONCE WAS A PUFFIN by Florence Page Jaques
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"The Owl and the Pussy-Cat'' is sure to like this one, too. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An affectionately illustrated version of the old poem about the lonely puffin who befriended his erstwhile prey, the fishes, so he could have them ``for playmates/Instead of for tea'' and learned to eat pancakes instead ``Like you and like me.'' Cheerful full- bleed artwork in Easter egg colors on heavy stock makes this sturdy little book a happy find for toddlers and preschoolers. Read full book review >

BROWN COW, GREEN GRASS, YELLOW MELLOW SUN by Ellen Jackson
COLORS
Released: April 17, 1995

"It's all quite bright and joyfully brief. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Yellow mellow sunlight makes the green grass grow tall. Read full book review >
NIGHT GOES BY by Kate Spohn
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"A sweetly unscientific answer to questions about what the sun and moon do when they're not in the sky. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Spohn (Broken Umbrellas, Macmillan, 1994, etc.) takes a simple observation—that night follows day—and spins a serenely happy fantasy. Read full book review >
KIPPER'S BOOK OF OPPOSITES by Mick Inkpen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1995

"Also in the series: books of Colors and Numbers (0-15-200647-8, 0-15-200646-X). (Picture book. 1-3)"
Imported from Britain, small concept books featuring the pooch known to toddlers from Kipper (Little, Brown, 1992), Kipper's Toybox, and Kipper's Birthday (both Harcourt, 1992 and 1993). Read full book review >

WHAT SHALL WE DO WHEN WE ALL GO OUT? by Philip H. Bailey
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 1995

"Overall, the pictures take little risk and with the text, make this pretty innocuous fare. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Song lyrics don't always translate well to text. Read full book review >
THE HUNGRY LITTLE BOY by Joan W. Blos
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"A simple, familiar episode with beginning, middle, and end, plus gentle repetition, it is made for sharing, with opportunities to identify shapes and colors and to count. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A young child closely observes his grandma as she prepares a snack by peeling a carrot, spreading the peanut butter on bread, arranging three cookies and an apple on a plate. Read full book review >
FARMYARD SONG by Carol Morley
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

With a repetitive rhyme, Morley introduces the sounds of animals in an imaginative look at a farmyard. Read full book review >
BAM BAM BAM by Eve Merriam
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"A real attention- getter, this book looks as harsh and raucous as it sounds. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An in-your-face version of a 1966 action poem, with a retro look and feel (do demolition crews still use pickaxes and sledgehammers?). Read full book review >
WHAT SIZE? by Debbie MacKinnon
SIZE, SHAPES & PATTERNS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Adults may think they've seen it all before, but Sieveking's engaging, multiracial cast of children absorbed in play is dressed in colors as bright and sparkling as a bowl of Jell-O, and the book goes down just as easily. (Picture book. 2-5)"
MacKinnon and Sieveking have collaborated on a crisply designed look at comparisons (the companion titles are What's Inside?, What Color?, What Shape?, How Many?, and What Noise?). Read full book review >
TABLE, CHAIR, BEAR by Jane Feder
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"An excellent and eclectic assortment of information, attractively presented, this is a book worth adding to the collection of objects in every child's room. (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-7)"
A book with 22 pictures of simple objects from a child's room, with the word for each object printed in 13 different languages- -English at the top of each page, and the words in other languages in a running list in the margins. Read full book review >
BAYOU LULLABY by Kathi Appelt
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 1995

"As a result, there is little flow between images, and much of the lyricism would be lost if Appelt's verse weren't strong enough to stand on its own. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A Louisiana lullaby, set to honeyed Cajun verse. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >