EMMA'S ELEPHANT by David Ellwand
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A collage of fun, spontaneous-looking outtakes fills the endpapers, and may prompt children to pick up their cameras and take a few shots themselves. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Recent fans of Some Smug Slug (1996) may appreciate a different kind of animal alliteration in this book, whose pages are formed by a striking set of black-and-white photographs of kids and their animal allies. Read full book review >
IN THE AIR by Neecy Twinem
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1997

"Sweet, but of limited usefulness. (Board book. 1-5)"
This charmingly illustrated board book in the Animal Clues series may prove confusing to the conventional board-book audience. Read full book review >

TOES ARE TO TICKLE by Shen Roddie
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 16, 1997

"Chipper colors add to the free-spirited frolic found in the pages of this early concept book. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A takeoff of the Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak classic A Hole Is to Dig (1952) that revives the same snappy childlike style of defining words that so charmed generations of early listeners. Read full book review >
A YEAR WITH MOLLY AND EMMETT by Marylin Hafner
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Hafner takes the comic-book form to new heights with her colorful and expressive watercolors of this inimitable pair. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Anyone who has witnessed a child chuckling over the last page of Ladybug magazine will relish the arrival of plucky Molly and her sidekick cat, Emmett, in their picture book debut of 15 brand-new comedies. Read full book review >
PAPA! by Philippe Corentin
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 1997

"Warm and funny fare. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A humorous reminder, in the same spirit as Jackie French Koller's No Such Thing (p. 60), that monsters are monsters only in the eye of the beholder. Read full book review >

ONE BEAR, ONE DOG by Paul Stickland
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: June 1, 1997

"A good idea sabotaged by poor design. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Stickland (Dinosaur Stomp!, 1996, etc.) has produced a counting/animal-naming rhyme, with a small Mylar mirror mounted on the last page so that readers can get a peek of themselves at the end of the parade of cheerful animals that prance across the pages: ``One bear, one dog, one mouse, one frog.'' A charming, simple notion, useful to accustom youngsters to left-to-right sequencing (each new animal appears at the right of the spread), but some pages are so carelessly laid out that there are large areas of white space on the left, while the animals are crowded into the righthand page (viewers never see more than the head and forefeet of the moose, eighth in line). Read full book review >
A BIG TRIP FOR THE MORRISONS by Penny Carter
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Text and illustrations work exceptionally well together; observant readers will find plenty of details to tickle them: the flying saucer taking off at the airport, an alligator-shaped Statue of Liberty, and more. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The Morrisons, a family of friendly alligators (A New House for the Morrisons, 1993) are back, and this time they're off on a world tour. Read full book review >
BABY GOES SHOPPING by Monica Wellington
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1997

"Wellington (Night House, Bright House, 1997, etc.) keeps the page so uncharacteristically simple that it might be best to think of this book and its companion, Baby at Home (0-525-45640-6), as bound collections of vibrant flashcards for parents intent on brain-building. (Board book. 1-3)"
Turn your back on a baby in a shopping cart for one minute, and your cart's bound to be filled with surprises. Read full book review >
KETCHUP ON YOUR CORNFLAKES? by Nick Sharratt
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 1, 1997

"Probably not, but the subtext is clever: Eating and reading are adventures—go for it. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This amusing book gives children a chance to play with their food without being reprimanded and without making a mess. Read full book review >
ABC I LIKE ME! by Nancy Carlson
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Carlson's bright yellows, greens, and magentas express the joy of a child trying out a brand-new set of felt markers, and bouncy animal characters fairly vault off the pages in the sheer delight of self-expression. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The self-reliant pig, star of I Like Me! (1988), is back in a cheery companion book that celebrates the self. ``I am Awesome,'' proclaims the star-shirted pig to introduce the letter A. Mice in Swiss-cheese boxer shorts and juggling frogs join her in a romp through the alphabet. Read full book review >
ABRACADABRA by Ingrid Schubert
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1997

"Children will have fun figuring out whose misplaced body parts belong to whom, and the endpapers offer clues to Macrobius's bewitchment. (Picture book. 2-8)"
A bear with a pig snout? Read full book review >
BAD BABY BROTHER by Martha Weston
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 14, 1997

"Weston (Bea's 4 Bears, 1992, etc.) emphasizes the older sister's concerns by inserting dialogue into the frames of watercolor and colored-pencil pictures. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An adequate look at the arrival of a baby brother, told from a precocious older sister's perspective. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >