CONNIE CAME TO PLAY by Jill Paton Walsh
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"From the author of Pepi and the Secret (p. 560), it's grand to see such a typical preschool scenario handled without preachiness. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Connie came to play and Robert doesn't want to share his toys. ``This is my train!'' he tells her. ``All right,'' says Connie. ``You play with that one. Read full book review >
SWEET DREAMS OF THE WILD by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
POETRY
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

Dotlich's debut, subtitled ``Poems for Bedtime,'' is sure to give any preschooler sweet dreams. Read full book review >

THE BABY BOOK by Ann Morris
by Ann Morris, photographed by Ken Heyman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"The photographs (not by Heyman but from various collections) are rather arbitrary, and Morris has written a text in doggerel, marred by forced rhymes, poor grammar, and misinformation. (Picture books/nonfiction. 2-6)"
Morris (Weddings, p. 1114, etc.) and her longtime collaborator, Heyman, join for three books that look at basic human relationships in the new The World's Family series. Read full book review >
DOWN BY THE POND by Margrit Cruickshank
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Barring that quibble, the illustrations project well for story hours or bedtime sharing. (Picture book. 1-5)"
A fox after chickens is foiled by the other barnyard animals in this cheerful tale, set among the vivid greens and rolling hills of the English countryside. Read full book review >
ARMADILLO RAY by John Beifuss
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"In his first book, Beifuss's text is somewhat wordy, but its point is simple and accessible, its protagonist endearing, and the vibrancy of the illustrations silences debate over minor details. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Readers will be drawn here first to newcomer Turley's paintings: oil pastels more dazzling than Mexican folk art that depict a stylized southwestern landscape. Read full book review >

SO HAPPY/SO SAD by Julie Paschkis
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Paschkis's colorful portraits display a whimsical use of perspective and amiable animals who are expressive without being cute; the background patterns bloom in a robust palette. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A simple book—two books in one that end in the middle—with a salubrious message: ``Sometimes, you just feel happy'' and ``Sometimes, you just feel sad.'' In the first half of this book a troop of animals savors its happiness—a peacock parades while a tiger is tickled. Read full book review >
MOUSE CHASE by Vivian Sathre
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The look is refreshingly uncluttered. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A real cat-and-mouse chase that races along in quick-stepping action sentences: ``Whiskers twitch./Mouse runs./Cat chases.'' Mouse hops onto a leaf on a gusty day and rides it up and out of Cat's clutches. Read full book review >
EDWARD IN DEEP WATER by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"It's a worthy thought, although, unlike Wells's Bunny Planet series (Voyage to the Bunny Planet, 1992, etc.), the plots are rudimentary and interchangeable. (Picture book. 2-4)"
One of three variations on a theme, aimed directly at impatient parents. Read full book review >
BAD DAY AT RIVERBEND by Chris Van Allsburg
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The average bildungsroman accomplishes this kind of transition in several hundred pages; Van Allsburg does it in 32, and leaves the flower of children's bookmaking blooming in the desert town of Riverbend. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Riverbend is a tiny town in the heart of the Wild West where nothing interesting ever happens. Read full book review >
CREAK, THUMP, BONK! by Susan L. Roth
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The story around which Roth (Buddha, 1994, etc.) has organized all this (the baby has escaped the crib and is tearing up the place) is hard to discern from the clutter surrounding it, but the clutter itself, with letters and figures leaping over the pages, is very atmospheric. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Three children and a dog tiptoe around in the dark, crawling, bumping into one another, shining flashlights, and finding ways to be startled and scared. Read full book review >
MOOSES COME WALKING by Arlo Guthrie
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"There may be simple truths hidden between the lines, but even if there aren't, this is as finger-snapping catchy as Mother Goose with antlers. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Guthrie's first book is an endearing poem that is supposed to be about moose, but whose blithe rhymes have nonsense verse written all over them. ``Mooses come walking up over the hill./Mooses come walking, they rarely stand still.'' Only 12 lines long, the story is delivered a half-line at a time, complemented by acrylic paintings that have the simplicity of woodcuts in their bold black lines and even blocks of subdued color. Read full book review >
ANIMALS IN THE SNOW by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Schwartz's sweetly rendered gouache paintings add to the old-fashioned style of the piece. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Another never-published manuscript from Brown (The Diggers, p. 464), who seems to be experiencing a minor renaissance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >