ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"The attractive format and high-quality photographs make this series a natural selection for public and school libraries. (Nonfiction. 2-7)"
Another in the Moments in the Wild series (Amusing Moments in the Wild: Animals and Their Friends, above, etc.) continues with the same successful format: superb double-page-spread nature photographs and one simple, patterned sentence that explicates the theme. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"The fantastic photographs are the stars here, with each striking shot worth more than the proverbial thousand words. (Nonfiction. 2-7)"
Younger children will enjoy the amusing photographs in this collection of nature photography, the third in the Moments in the Wild series (Peaceful Moments in the Wild: Animals and Their Homes, below, etc.). Read full book review >

THE DADDY BOOK by Todd Parr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

"Recent ex-toddlers will be drawn to these sunny, colorful consciousness-raisers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The Byron Barton of feelings and relationships offers a gallery of Dads at work and play, all drawn with thick lines and intense, contrasting colors against monochromatic backgrounds. Read full book review >
MAMA’S LITTLE BEARS by Nancy Tafuri
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"As playful as a romp in the woods. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Three curious bear cubs hurry around investigating their surroundings until they realize they miss their Mama and run to receive her welcoming hugs. Read full book review >
MAISY’S BIG FLAP BOOK by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Brimming with interactive educational opportunities—and a whole lot of fun to boot—this is a notable addition to the Maisy collection. (Board book. 2-5)"
Readers explore basic preschool concepts with that ever-popular mouse, Maisy (Happy Birthday Maisy, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

THE VERY BEST DOOR OF ALL by Clara Linders
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A fairly absurd little treat made memorable by Cate's stunning artwork, with its sophisticated color and design. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A cockamamie story about a cockamamie birthday present—suitable as an April Fool's joke—from Netherlanders Linders and Cate. Read full book review >
FIRE FIGHTER PIGGYWIGGY by Christyan Fox
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"The playful action is captivating, as are the minor heroics, but it is the artwork's chromatic fireworks that do all the heavy lifting, and they are simply dazzling. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Colors of bottomless saturation will have readers of this elementary fantasy from the Foxes rocking back on their heels. Read full book review >
SILLY LITTLE GOOSE! by Nancy Tafuri
Released: April 1, 2001

"This little goose has plenty of pluck, even though she is a bit silly. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Here's a likable tale about a wayward goose on a quest to find a home. Read full book review >
FLORA’S BLANKET by Debi Gliori
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Perfect for any tot who has misplaced a favored comfort object and the scores of beleaguered parents who have been sent out on countless wild-goose chases. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When a wee bunny misplaces her beloved blanket, the entire family bands together for a search-and-rescue mission. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOO MOO! by Jo Lodge
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Packed with plenty to look at and plenty to do, this is great entertainment for the small fry. (Picture book. 1-4)"
A happy heifer celebrates her special day in this novelty item that is short on words but big on fun. Read full book review >
THERE’S A COW IN THE CABBAGE PATCH by Stella Blackstone
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"From tiny pink piglets gleefully scampering about to playful lambs splattering mud, these frisky illustrations have just the right kind of silliness that will appeal to preschool readers. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Merry mayhem ensues when barnyard inhabitants decide to switch homes for the day. Read full book review >
MY MOTHER IS MINE by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"An inviting tale: just perfect for cozy moments and quiet read-alouds. (Greeting card included) (Picture book. 1-5)"
In a sweetly sentimental ode to motherhood, with a gently rhyming text, Bauer (Grandmother's Song, 2000, etc.) extols the virtues of Mom, as seen through the eyes of a bevy of animal babies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >