IF I HAD A ROBOT by Dan Yaccarino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Yaccarino (Big Brother Mike, 1992, etc.) uses the artwork, printed on matte paper, to reiterate his materialist conclusion, by subtly grounding Phil's fanciful imaginings in rotund, weighted images. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Rather than eat his vegetables, Phil conjures up an imaginary robot to do it for him. Read full book review >
I AM ME! by Alexa Brandenberg
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"All the daydreams fly in the face of gender stereotypes, making Brandenberg's book rudimentary, but effective. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Children who love to dream about what they'll be when they grow up will like meeting this racially diverse group of preschool boys and girls in Brandenberg's first book, as they each imagine nine different vocations—including fireman, carpenter, librarian, and chef. Read full book review >

DOG BRAIN by David Milgrim
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Lots of fun, and accessible to the very young. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Sneakers only appears to be the world's dumbest dog: He won't fetch, roll over, or obey any of the house rules. Read full book review >
1 2 3 COUNT WITH ME by Sian Tucker
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Should the sturdy little doors and flaps fall off— as inevitably they will—the book still works. (Lift-the-flap. 2-4)"
1 2 3 Count With Me ($12.95; Sept. 1, 1996; 24 pp.; 0-689-80828-3): From one to twenty, this bright, basic counting book puts forth a given number of items for each number, e.g., four ponies. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU'RE NOT LOOKING by Maggie Kneen
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The soft pictures have appeal. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Young imaginations are tempted in this counting book that invites readers to invent stories to go along with illustrations and captions, sort of a version of Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984), with its sinister quality counterbalanced by greeting-card pretty double-page spreads. Read full book review >

LET'S COUNT IT OUT, JESSE BEAR by Nancy White Carlstrom
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Degen's now-familiar watercolors are as snug as ever. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Carlstrom and Degen team up for their sixth entry in a beloved series. Read full book review >
FROGGY GOES TO SCHOOL by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Remkiewicz's bright watercolors feature punchy, bouncy, bug-eyed animals wearing emphatically exaggerated expressions: This bunch is easy to love. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Froggy's back (Froggy Learns to Swim, 1995, etc.) and on his first day of school, he wakes up late and goes to class in his underwear! Read full book review >
CAN YOU JUMP LIKE A KANGAROO? by Jez Alborough
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Sturdy pop-ups, hidden mechanisms, and heavy stock ensure that the kangaroo's leap can be repeated many times in the future. (Pop-up. 2-4)"
Can You Jump Like A Kangaroo? Read full book review >
ONE SUMMER DAY by Kim Lewis
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"A book with a drop of humor and a spoonful of wistfulness. (Picture book. 2-4)"
When Max, who looks about two, sees a tractor drive by his window, he is mesmerized. Read full book review >
ANIMAL BABIES by Valérie Tracqui
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1996

"Good grief. (Board book. 1-5)"
Animal Babies ($4.95; July 1996; 10 pp.; 0-88106-947-7): This offering is riddled with problems. Read full book review >
OLIVER'S WOOD by Sue Hendra
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1996

"Gouache illustrations look much like linoleum prints—blocks of bright colors, mainly blue and ocher— and the chubby animals, with their bulging white eyes, are undeniably friendly territory. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Oliver, an owl, stays up past his bedtime at the end of one night and sees something he has never seen before—the sun. Read full book review >
BABY'S BOOK OF THE BODY by Roger Priddy
HEALTH
Released: June 8, 1996

In a trademark format—crisp photographic images set against a milky white backdrop—Priddy's exploration of the baby's body, with its dozens of separate full-color photos to be pored over and mused upon, is easy for children to linger over. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >