EMMA AND MOMMY TALK TO GOD by Marianne Williamson
RELIGION
Released: May 31, 1996

"By trying in good faith to show no favoritism toward a particular faith, this book should be useful in institutions that receive requests for spiritual books for young children. (Picture book. 2-8)"
It is difficult for a picture book of prayer that attempts to fit almost any monotheistic religion to be successful. Read full book review >
FAMILY TIME by Margaret Miller
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1996

"If the point is that all one needs for family time is at least one relative, adults will have to spell it out for the children looking at these. (Board book. 2-3)"
Family Time ($4.99; May 1996; 22 pp.; 0-689-80051-7): Although this Super Chubby series entry is sturdy and wholly cheerful with photograph after full-color photograph of two or more members of a family sharing a moment, the overall theme is a little loose for the literal-minded toddlers at which it's aimed. Read full book review >

SOME SLEEP STANDING UP by Susan Stockdale
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Stockdale's first book shows promise. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Some Sleep Standing Up ($13.00; May 1, 1996; 28 pp.; 0-689-80509- 8): In a soothing bedtime book, some sleepy animals and a spare text—a short line per page—show that there are many ways to slumber and many synonyms for sleep: rest, relax, snore, snooze, drowse, nap, etc. In a quiet, lilting text, the words often rhyme, not always smoothly. Read full book review >
RHINOS WHO SURF by Julie Mammano
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Way cool, but also of limited usefulness. (glossary) (Picture book. 2-6)"
A wild blend of the psychedelic with folk art provides the eye-filling graphics of Mammano's first book, which has no story for mondo dudes to carve up but constructs a day in the life of some surfing rhinos using only California surfer lingo. Read full book review >
LITTLE CLOUD by Eric Carle
FICTION
Released: April 6, 1996

"The result is a philosophical suggestion, scaled to a child's sensibility, as open to interpretation as the passing clouds. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A sophisticated idea deftly packed into a simple text. Read full book review >

BOOMER GOES TO SCHOOL by Constance W. McGeorge
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"He's an endearing hero, just right for preschoolers curious about where their older siblings go during the day. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Boomer, a shaggy golden retriever and hero of Boomer's Big Day (1994, not reviewed), goes to school with his owner; after a morning of playing with the kids and then eating lunch (theirs), he becomes the star of the afternoon show-and-tell. Read full book review >
MY ELEPHANT CAN DO ALMOST ANYTHING by Anke de Vries
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"It's hard not to hope for more from de Vries and Walraven. (Picture book. 2-6)"
What a delight—a picture-book collaboration in the best sense of the term from an author and artist from the Netherlands. Read full book review >
BEACH BUNNY by Jennifer  Selby
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"It almost need not be said—children will love him, too. (Picture book. 2-6)"
For her first picture-book solo, Selby (In the Still of the Night, 1994) creates bold, colorful graphics that will be popular with the point-and-name set. Read full book review >
MRS. BROWN WENT TO TOWN by Wong Herbert Yee
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"First-rate silliness from the creator of Big Black Bear (1993); the more improbable the situations, the more readers will be laughing out loud. (Picture book. 2-7)"
``When riding her bicycle down the street,/A terrier tasted Mrs. Brown's feet.'' That's the innocuous beginning of Mrs. Brown's troubles; a bicycle crash leads to a stay in the hospital. Read full book review >
NORTHWOODS CRADLE SONG by Douglas Wood
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1996

"Children will feel warm and comforted, secure enough in their small realms to fall easily asleep. (Picture book. 1 -5)"
This lullaby of the north has been translated from the language of the Menominee people and then adapted by Wood (Old Turtle, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
LOST CAT by Tad Hardy
by Tad Hardy, illustrated by David Goldin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"The artist portrays the cat—rightly, readers will say—as a total rascal; he's garrulous, colossally independent, and immune to all human concerns. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A big, round cat—with a face only a mother (or distraught owner) could love—gets lost. Read full book review >
ON THE WING by Douglas Florian
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Nonfiction and humor don't always fit comfortably together, but in this book they become a delightful whole, a sturdy foundation from which to explore the playfulness of language. (Picture book/poetry. 2-8)"
This collection of bird poems and paintings is a fine encore to Florian's Beast Feast (1994). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >