LITTLE LIONS by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: March 16, 1998

"Still, toddlers will cozy up to these pictures, which do not idealize wild creatures as much as present them for observation in terms that make sense to the very young. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A mother mountain lion basks in the sun while her roly-poly kits play on the rock ledge beside her. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU, LITTLE ONE by Nancy Tafuri
Released: March 1, 1998

"A book for quiet times, for sharing one-on-one. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Six beautiful mother-and-baby animal pairs—some rendered larger than life size—and one human mother and child play variations on the theme "I will always love you." Read full book review >

THE LONG-NOSED PIG by Keith Faulkner
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"All the protuberant pop-ups, some bright colors, and lively art—the dirt smudges that begrime the pig are cleverly made from brown fingerprints across the pink paint surface—keep everything trotting merrily along. (Pop-up. 2- 6)"
A companion to The Wide-Mouthed Frog (1995) that is not as funny, but fans of the first book will want to get their hands on this one to see what pops out at them. Read full book review >
THE GRUMPY MORNING by Pamela Duncan Edwards
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Labrosse's sunny drawings match Edward's happy rhyme and its amiable female lead; the only aspect that may be off is the title—the players are never discontented enough to qualify as really, truly grumpy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When the farmer oversleeps, it's not her alarm clock that awakens her, but a cacophony of grumpy barnyard animals. Read full book review >
A PAIR OF PROTOCERATOPS by Bernard Most
DINOSAURS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The highlight, however, is Most's pink-and-purple palette, which is playful and perfectly pleasing to the eye. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Dinosaur fans will instantly warm to this friendly prehistoric duo and their endearing playmates. Read full book review >

GEORGE'S STORE AT THE SHORE by Francine Basséde
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"In addition, there is some good-humored industriousness involvedthe notion that work can be fun, perhaps especially when it is done among baguettes and the seaside lavender of France. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A counting book with the tang of the south of France; animating the spare text are deceptively simple watercolors. Read full book review >
SO MANY BUNNIES by Rick Walton
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1998

"A twist ending provides a final, compensating laugh: As the mother settles into her comfortable feather bed, all 26 bunnies abandon their makeshift arrangements and pile in with her. (Picture book. 2-4)"
"Old Mother Rabbit lived in a shoe./She had twenty-six children and knew what to do." Read full book review >
JUMP! by Steve Lavis
by Steve Lavis, illustrated by Steve Lavis
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The frog offers minor funny asides on every page of this amiable outing, further buoyed by Lavis's carefree watercolors. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Lavis (Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, 1997) brings readers into the fray from the outset: ``Tiger jumping, frog jumping, let's jump too.'' A boy and his teddy bear and their frog companion visit and step out with a number of animals. Read full book review >
FIREMAN SMALL TO THE RESCUE by Wong Herbert Yee
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"And Fireman Small, resembling nothing so much as a busy jellybean, makes a perfect vicarious hero for preschoolers. (Board book. 1-3)"
Fireman Small To The Rescue ($4.95; Mar. 1998; 14 pp.; 0-395-88122-6): When the alarm sounds, Fireman Small responds quickly. Read full book review >
MY LITTLE 123 BOOK by Bob Staake
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: March 1, 1998

"There are things to count, 120, and a nice final spread recaps the exercise. (Board book. 2-5)"
There is a lot going on in the polished design of this counting book, with some scenes and objects more readily recognizable in their simplicity or sophistication than others. Read full book review >
HOT, COLD, SHY, BOLD by Pamela Harris
OPPOSITES
Released: March 1, 1998

"One picture that spans an entire spread—of two girls facing each other—is spoiled because the book's binding falls at a crucial area of the photograph; it shows that their 'how-do-you-do' faces are aimed not at each other, but at the buggy occupant of a jar. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A concept book in photographs that holds nothing new for those familiar with Tana Hoban's or Margaret Miller's work. Read full book review >
ORCHARD'S LITTLE BLUE BOOK OF NURSERY RHYMES by Nila Aye
POETRY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Most preschoolers will be delighted, especially when they learn that the saga of Old Mother Hubbard and her dog staggers on through 14 verses. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Fans of the graphic styles of J.otto Siebold, Richard McGuire, and Dan Yaccarino will adore Aye's illustrative renderings in this inventive collection of nursery rhymes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >