WADDLE LIKE A DUCK! by Kate Burns
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The board-book set will appreciate the simple shapes, beaming colors, and sturdy pages that divulge other familiar animals—ducks, kangaroos, hens, a snake. (Lift-the-flap. 1-3)"
In a companion to Blink Like an Owl! Read full book review >
BLINK LIKE AN OWL! by Kate Burns
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"A sturdily constructed set of adventures. (Lift-the-flap. 1-3)"
The scant five tableaux contained in this lift-the-flap book seem like a great deal more, due to the wealth of line work and the density of Burns's colors. Read full book review >

SCRATCH `N' SNIFF by Gus Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"Clarke's dry wit is evident in every line of this wry tale; his humorous illustrations of the bumbling but lovable Sniff and the crafty but harmless Scratch enliven an already comical text. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A clever plot masterminded by a shrewd feline is the basis of this engaging olfactory mystery by Clarke (Ten Green Monsters, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
CAT AND MOUSE AND SOMETHING TO DO by Fulvio Testa
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"All suggestions culminate in the last page, where the mystery lifts, inevitably, and the enormously appealing adventure has just begun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A curious little book that treats the imagination as a yo-yo, expertly played by Testa. Read full book review >
BLESS US ALL by Cynthia Rylant
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Very young children will find soothing rhythms in both pictures and text, but this is more of an artistic achievement than a literary one. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Rylant pairs a series of indoor and outdoor scenes, each framed in a border of patchwork squares and painted with bright, opaque, broadly brushed colors, with a rhymed month-by-month catalog of blessings that will challenge even the hardiest sweet tooth, e.g., for June: "Bless the flowers,/bless the bees,/bless the birds/above the trees,/Bless the bunnies,/kitties too,/Bless each day,/all warm and blue." Read full book review >

IAN PENNEY'S ABC by Ian Penney
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Elegant and illuminating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Each page of Penney's alphabet resembles a piece of stained glass, not in the precious sense, but in its composition and light. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by Virginia Miller
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The illustrations have a light, homey feel, a mix of humble domesticity and charm. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bartholomew (or Ba) and George return (Be Gentle!, 1997, etc.) for another demonstration of unconditional love. Read full book review >
TEN PLAY HIDE-AND-SEEK by Penny Dale
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"This gently reassuring tale is ideal for reading aloud, sending sleepyheads off with a little merriment and a lot of care. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bedtime turns into a gleeful game of hide-and-seek in this romp from Dale (Ten Out of Bed, 1994). Read full book review >
BEAR DAY by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"This is peaceful territory, intended for the very young. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A comforting tale about a bear whose day is very similar to that of a child. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAISY by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A merry little tale that celebrates children's universal love of birthdays. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Toddlers can gleefully participate in the festivities in this Maisy (Maisy Goes to Bed, 1990, etc.) adventure. Read full book review >
MILLIONS OF SNOWFLAKES by Mary McKenna Siddals
FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"A sparkling salute to the frosty season. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Siddals (Tell Me a Season, 1997) again looks to nature for inspiration in her tale of seasonal delight. Read full book review >
INTO THE SKY by Ryan Ann Hunter
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 15, 1998

"Bold black steel and scaffolding cut the flat planes of sky-blue backgrounds, while skewed angles and details such as a light-dotted nighttime skyline add interest. (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-5)"
Hunter (Cross A Bridge, p. 268) offers an accessible, often soaring first look at skyscrapers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >