BABY GOES SHOPPING by Monica Wellington
Released: June 1, 1997

"Wellington (Night House, Bright House, 1997, etc.) keeps the page so uncharacteristically simple that it might be best to think of this book and its companion, Baby at Home (0-525-45640-6), as bound collections of vibrant flashcards for parents intent on brain-building. (Board book. 1-3)"
Turn your back on a baby in a shopping cart for one minute, and your cart's bound to be filled with surprises. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1997

"Probably not, but the subtext is clever: Eating and reading are adventures—go for it. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This amusing book gives children a chance to play with their food without being reprimanded and without making a mess. Read full book review >

ABC I LIKE ME! by Nancy Carlson
Released: May 1, 1997

"Carlson's bright yellows, greens, and magentas express the joy of a child trying out a brand-new set of felt markers, and bouncy animal characters fairly vault off the pages in the sheer delight of self-expression. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The self-reliant pig, star of I Like Me! (1988), is back in a cheery companion book that celebrates the self. ``I am Awesome,'' proclaims the star-shirted pig to introduce the letter A. Mice in Swiss-cheese boxer shorts and juggling frogs join her in a romp through the alphabet. Read full book review >
ABRACADABRA by Ingrid Schubert
Released: April 15, 1997

"Children will have fun figuring out whose misplaced body parts belong to whom, and the endpapers offer clues to Macrobius's bewitchment. (Picture book. 2-8)"
A bear with a pig snout? Read full book review >
BAD BABY BROTHER by Martha Weston
Released: April 14, 1997

"Weston (Bea's 4 Bears, 1992, etc.) emphasizes the older sister's concerns by inserting dialogue into the frames of watercolor and colored-pencil pictures. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An adequate look at the arrival of a baby brother, told from a precocious older sister's perspective. Read full book review >

DON'T LAUGH, JOE! by Keiko Kasza
Released: April 14, 1997

"The watercolors alone will have children giggling, and there is no better audience with an understanding of the difficulties of sitting still. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Kasza (The Rat and the Tiger, 1993, etc.) serves up another humorous anthropomorphic tale told in a predictable pattern just right for reading aloud to preschoolers. Read full book review >
BABOON by Kate Banks
Released: April 14, 1997

"First-rate lap and bedtime reading. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Another intimate tàte-Ö-tàte between mother and child from the creators of Spider, Spider (1996); here a baboon takes her baby on a walk through the bush, providing gentle commentary on his pronouncements. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1997

"A glossary of facts on all ten animals, too difficult for the picture-book audience, will be useful to adults sharing the book with children. (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-4)"
From MacDonald (with Bill Oakes, Once Upon Another, 1990, etc.), ten action verbs provide the setting for this guessing-game animal adventure for the very young. Read full book review >
MCDUFF MOVES IN by Rosemary Wells
Released: April 1, 1997

"In atmosphere and outlook, this book—the first in a series—is a kindred spirit of Marjorie Flack's Angus stories from the 1940s. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little white dog that nobody wants tumbles off the dogcatcher's truck and into the home of Lucy and Fred in a story from Wells (Bunny Cakes, p. 67, etc.) that recalls a time when compassion wasn't in such short supply. Read full book review >
TRUCK TALK by Bobbi Katz
by Bobbi Katz, illustrated by Bobbi Katz
Released: April 1, 1997

"Wide tire tracks left in the mud close the book, the only evidence that trucks have been there, a fact that young truck lovers will not have forgotten. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A book that pairs crisp full-color photographs with catchy rhymes that describe the functions of various trucks in the simplest of terms. Read full book review >
OVER ON THE FARM by Christopher Gunson
Released: April 1, 1997

"A final spread presents all the animals for counting in a read-aloud of which adults won't quickly tire. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Gunson presents the numbers from one to ten in a sumptuous book for the very young that toys with the familiar childhood ditty, ``Over in the Meadow.'' ``Over in the field in the green and the blue/lived a woolly mother sheep/and her little sheep two./`Leap,' said the mother./`We leap,' said the two. . . .'' The rhyming builds on the framework of animal babies whose numbers continue to increase. Read full book review >
THIS LITTLE PIGGY by Nicholas Heller
Released: April 1, 1997

"While the game may be more enjoyable to play than to read about, this book may inspire children to tinker with and expand upon such rhymes on their own. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The well-worn, much-loved finger-and-toe game is elucidated and embellished to a fare-thee-well in this little picture book. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >