THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Anne Geddes
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 29, 1995

"Geddes's first children's book looks like it can't miss. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A popular seasonal work is packaged with sparkling full-color photographs of undeniably adorable infants dressed up as the characters in the song. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT IS LIKE AN ANIMAL by Candace Whitman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"Whitman's dreamy torn paper pictures create a gentle mood and portray the bear as a soft, appealing creature; if the text is self-consciously poetic, it is also reassuring in its depiction of the night as benign. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a story poem by a first-time picture book creator, Night is a big shaggy bear, the bringer of darkness and the protector of sleeping children. Read full book review >

THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS by Philemon Sturges
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"The faces of her people lapse into cartoons at times, but most of the scenes and objects are lovely in this sensory celebration of Christmas for the very young. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a singsong rhyme Sturges (Ten Flashing Fireflies, p. 640, etc.) chronicles the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings of Christmas: ``Scented candles, smoke from the fire;/ Wet wool mittens getting drier.'' He sometimes stretches for the rhyme or waxes a bit sentimental, but the overall effect is festive. Read full book review >
ANIMAL HULLABALOO by Jakki Wood
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Fun for little ones, especially just before or after a zoo trip. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The subtitle of this British import is a bit of a misnomer; the book begins with familiar barnyard and domestic animals at sunrise, then progresses to the African rainforest and savannah, to maritime regions and the Australian outback, and ends in North America at nightfall. Read full book review >
WIBBLY PIG MAKES PICTURES by Mick Inkpen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Each volume is short and sweet. (Board books. 2-4)"
Wibbly Pig is a rather lovable figure, a naked little pig with a round tummy who runs around with his big ears flopping, just about the age of his intended audience. Read full book review >

ALL TOGETHER NOW! by Nick Butterworth
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Butterworth (The Rescue Party, 1993, etc.) employs good cheer in drawings that make the whole venture extremely user-friendly. (Picture book. 1-5)"
A smiling boy, dressed in a green T-shirt, jeans, and socks that are about to fall off his feet, wants to have a picnic, but his six little friendsWhitey, the bear; George, the monkey; Hippo; Croc; Millie, the elephant; and Wilson, the giraffeare hiding from him. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An unusual and very beautiful bedtime book. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Another happy collaboration from the producers of This Is the Hat (1992), this time a trip around all seven continents to show animal and human mothers (but no fathers!) crooning to their sleepy babies. Read full book review >
SEBASTIAN'S TRUMPET by Miko Imai
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Share this with those who want to join in on the sound effects. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Three little white bears receive musical instruments for their birthday. Read full book review >
WHERE I LIVE by Heidi Goennel
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"While not groundbreaking, these brash board books are visually hypnotic. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A board book entry in the four-book It's My World series (the others are What I Wear, ISBN 0-688-14147-1; What I See, 14146-3; and What I Eat, 14145-5). Read full book review >
PLANE by Chris L. Demarest
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A companion volume, Ship (ISBN 0-15-200267-7), does a similarly energetic job plying the high seas and evoking things oceanic. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A board book journey for the very young on a pleasurable plane ride through an intimate, minimal landscape. Read full book review >
SKIP ACROSS THE OCEAN by Floella Benjamin
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The bonus is the design of the endpapers, comprised of a riotous patchwork quilt of images. (Picture book. 2- 6)"
Exuberant childlike paintings glow and almost run away with this eclectic grouping of 32 nursery rhymes. Read full book review >
CAN'T SLEEP by Chris Raschka
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Tender is the night. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A comforting lullaby from Raschka (Yo! Yes?, 1993, etc.) about a small dog with a big case of insomnia. 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 >