MAYBE, MY BABY by Marilyn Janovitz
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Soft and snuggly, but unfortunately, not unique. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Janovitz (Three Little Kittens, not reviewed, etc.) adds a wishful, animal bedtime lullaby to the already overstuffed shelf. Read full book review >
LET’S DO THAT AGAIN! by Hiawyn Oram
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

After her mother playfully sneaks up on her, Little Brownmouse cries, "Let's do that again!" Mrs. Brownmouse patiently replies, "Hmm, not now, because right now it's time to go home." Read full book review >

TIPPY-TOE CHICK, GO! by George Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Great for group sharing and participation story hour. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The usual favorite breakfast consisting of "sweet itty-bitty beans and potato bugs" awaits Hen and her three chicks in the garden, guarded this morning by a grumpy and growling dog tied to the tree. Read full book review >
LITTLE QUACK by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A pleasant enough take on an old standby. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The odyssey of ducklings venturing forth from their comfortable nests into the big world resonates with children and has been a well-traveled subject of many works geared toward young readers. Read full book review >
ANIMAL SURPRISE! by Christopher Gunson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Full-bleed backgrounds of bold color that set off the central figure in their equally bright palettes are the perfect accompaniment to this surprising and engaging offering. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Intensely colored vignettes feature a menagerie of animals as they tell their brief and funny tales. Read full book review >

ARIEL AND EMILY by Adele Aron Greenspun
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"This mother-daughter team offers a delightful read-aloud for the very youngest. (Picture book. 2-5)"
With enormous sweetness and not a little artistry, a confection offers a whole afternoon's arc in very few words. Read full book review >
BUNNIES ON THE GO by Rick Walton
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"The triple threat combination of bunnies, methods of transportation, and the guessing game format will make this a popular pick for lap or group story times. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Walton and Miglio (Bunny Day, 2002, etc.) are back with even more bunnies. Read full book review >
DOG’S NOISY DAY by Emma Dodd
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A story as gentle as a lamb, with loopy good-time characters—the type that have both eyes on one side of their head—but tricked out in high-saturation, energetic colors that light a fire under all the hee-haws and honks. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Read aloud, yes, but Dodd's tour of the farmyard, conducted by her friendly mutt who first taught colors and the alphabet (Dog's Colorful Day, 2001; Dog's ABC, 2002), is more a woof-quack-oink-baaa-moo-cock-a-doodle-doo aloud. Read full book review >
A BUNNY FOR ALL SEASONS by Janet Schulman
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 14, 2003

"In an increasingly complicated world, the simple joy projected here goes down easy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Brilliant watercolors bounce off the page in this charming romp through the seasons. Read full book review >
DAWDLE DUCKLING by Toni Buzzeo
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"In the end, the duckling follows his mother's directions for the first time, just in time to save himself from the toothsome creature lurking at water's edge, making Buzzeo's gentle lesson just right for the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In her sophomore outing, Buzzeo (The Sea Chest, p. 949) introduces a duckling that likes to do his own thing: "Across the bay / on the blue waves rolling, / one Mama Duck / paddles and quacks. / One, two, three ducklings / swim behind / But the fourth little duckling / dawdles and dreams." Read full book review >
Homemade Love by bell hooks
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"This joyful, loving African-American family is a model for all families to emulate. (Picture book. 2-5)"
There is no plot in this paean to parental unconditional love, but one isn't needed; the bold design and bright colors infuse enough energy into the soothing message to keep readers and listeners hooked. Read full book review >
BABY LOVE by Hope Vestergaard
POETRY
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Unfortunately, the rest of this collection is pure pablum. (Poetry. 2-5)"
A former teacher and nanny, Vestergaard crafts more than 20 odes to babies in her debut for children. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >