HUMPTY DUMPTY by Moira Kemp
NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Readers will linger over each tableau on the page as if it were a landscape. (Pop-up. 2-4)"
Humpty Dumpty ($12.99; Oct. 1996; 10 pp.; 0-525-67540-X): Here's one version of this verse where the egg hero doesn't end up scrambled! Read full book review >
GET DRESSED, SANTA! by Tomie dePaola
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Bubblicious curves edge this book's pages, echoing the pleasantly rotund drawings of Santa's bulging bag, belly, and behind. (Board book. 2-4)"
Getting dressed to go outside in the winter is a common ordeal for toddlers and preschoolers in cold climates. Read full book review >

KATY CAT AND BEAKY BOO by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"This easy guessing game in primary colors from the author of the Maisy books will help preschoolers with the basic skills of identifying numbers, colors, sounds, and clothes. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Katy Cat And Beaky Boo ($14.99; Oct. 1996; 24 pp.; 1-56402-884-4): To search for her buddy Beaky Boo, Katy Cat uses lots of clues. Read full book review >
TELL ME AGAIN ABOUT THE NIGHT I WAS BORN by Jamie Lee Curtis
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"In those scenes and others, Cornell's quirky watercolors enhance the book's tone and expand on its humor, effectively alternating between highly comic scenes and quieter, more loving ones. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Everyone—including adoptive parents and children longing for validation of their unique experiences—will embrace this pitch- perfect celebration of true family values. ``Tell me again'' is the endearing catchphrase a young girl employs to get her parents to recount the creation of their family: the late-night phone call (``Tell me again how you screamed''), a plane ride (``and how there was no movie, only peanuts''), the trip to the hospital (``you both got very quiet and felt very small''), love at first sight in the nursery (``you couldn't believe something so small could make you smile so big''). ``Tell me again about the first time you held me in your arms and called me your baby sweet. Read full book review >
MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE by Iona Opie
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"There's little point in pretending that even prodigious collections of nursery rhymes can do without this one—it's a must. (index) (Poetry. 2-8)"
My Very First Mother Goose ($19.99; Sept. 1996; 108 pp.; 1-56402- 620-5): One glimpse of the merry Wells (The Language of Doves, p. 1159, etc.) characters that caper through these pages—a cast of hundreds—one flip through the pages where Opie (I Saw Esau, 1992, etc.) has arranged almost 70 familiar and not-so-familiar rhymes to an effect of unabashed glee, and readers will be in love again with the original Mother Goose. Read full book review >

DOWN ON CASEY'S FARM by Sandra Jordan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"At Casey's farm, the days are always summer and the light a shade of gold. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Casey's farm is in his backyard: His animal creatures are toys, a wooden box his barn. Read full book review >
ONE HOLE IN THE ROAD by W. Nikola-Lisa
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A smart, funny piece. (Picture book. 2-6)"
It may be just one hole in the road, but it is causing a load of trouble. Read full book review >
A RIDE ON MOTHER'S BACK by Emery Bernhard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Many preschoolers won't sit still for all the facts, but they will love the pictures of babies sleeping, watching, participating; older children will find the information compelling and can locate more details in notes at the back. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In a work subtitled ``A Day of Baby Carrying Around the World,'' the Bernhards (The Way of the Willow Branch, p. 370, etc.) demonstrate the universal methods for keeping babies safe while people work and play. Read full book review >
MINERVA LOUISE AT SCHOOL by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Minerva Louise's goofy perceptions and enterprising spirit are sure to tickle listeners at story hour. (Picture book. 2-6)"
That inquisitive hen (A Hat for Minerva Louise, 1994) is back, in fine feather. Read full book review >
WHO WAKES ROOSTER? by Clare Hodgson Meeker
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"It adds a wondrous realism to the proceedings. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Who wakes rooster? Read full book review >
THE BLUSHFUL HIPPOPOTAMUS by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Bountiful comfort in very few words. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Raschka (Can't Sleep, 1995, etc.), recognizing that siblings and friends loom large in a small child's world, shows how a big sister's teasing is diminished by the support of a friend in an exuberant read-aloud. Read full book review >
IF I HAD A ROBOT by Dan Yaccarino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Yaccarino (Big Brother Mike, 1992, etc.) uses the artwork, printed on matte paper, to reiterate his materialist conclusion, by subtly grounding Phil's fanciful imaginings in rotund, weighted images. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Rather than eat his vegetables, Phil conjures up an imaginary robot to do it for him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >