FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The stories are too short to amount to a child's daily ration of reading, but may fill out odd moments here and there. (Anthology. 2-5)"
A British import aimed squarely at the holiday gift market, with a 1998 full-color calendar on the inside of the dust jacket. Read full book review >
THE WOLF'S LUNCH by Olivier Douzou
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A witty volume that seems aimed over the heads of the conventional board-book audience, but that will have children giggling. (Board book. 2-4)"
In tight close-ups and by offering only one or two shapes at a time, Douzou introduces the wolf's visage piece by piece. Read full book review >

SPLASH! by Kirsty Melville
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"The background of sea, snow, and shadows offers the perfect theater for these Charlie Chaplins of the Antarctic, all dressed up for a premiere on ice. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A collection of full-color photographs of Antarctic Adelie penguins masquerades as a counting book, covering numbers one through ten. Read full book review >
HUSH, LITTLE BABY by Shari Halpern
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"The musical score for the melody is included. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Halpern (I Have a Pet!, 1994, etc.) adorns a lullaby favorite with her trademark cut-paper collage illustrations. Read full book review >
MOMMY GO AWAY! by Lynne Jonell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 13, 1997

"A highly original book that will strike a chord in every child's experience, and one that parents will enjoy immensely. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Jonell turns the tables on parental authority and childlike obedience in a terrific story of a boy and his mother. ``Pick up your blocks,'' ``No more T.V.,'' and ``Time for your bath'' are the phrases that set off a small boy's protests. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Turns out they've brought the cake in this wonderful variation on the nursery rhyme that for once will frighten no one away. (Picture book. 2-6)"
When little Miss Muffet plunks down on her tuffet, the spider she sees is actually the first guest to arrive for her surprise birthday party. Read full book review >
WHOEVER YOU ARE by Mem Fox
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"An essential book that acknowledges in the simplest of terms our common humanity. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A one-world, "we-are-all-the-same-under-the-skin" message for the very young from Fox (The Straight Line Wonder, p. 1388, etc.). Read full book review >
HALLOWEEN DAY by Anne Rockwell
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"Some readers will think it's a real stretch that the children don't recognize their teacher in costume; repeat visits to this book will probably depend on the appeal of the snappy artwork. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A story about Mrs. Madoff's ten schoolchildren, all decked out in their Halloween costumes. Read full book review >
A LOT OF OTTERS by Barbara Helen Berger
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"Themes of independence, separation, and reunion are all given play in a book in which sweet otters act like children and look like expertly drafted, favorite stuffed animals, floating and dozing off at the end. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The title may give the impression that this is a counting book; instead, Berger (The Jewel Heart, 1994, etc.) presents an exquisitely composed and tender fantasy, melding text and pictures so well that one could not exist without the other. Read full book review >
MICE SQUEAK, WE SPEAK by Arnold L. Shapiro
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"So why is Shapiro not given credit up front? (Picture book. 2-6)"
Although Shapiro's name does not appear on the jacket, it is his elemental and immediate poem about animalsincluding humansand the sounds they make that is set to dePaola's handsome illustrations. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, MR. NIGHT by Dan Yaccarino
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The story would be lonely without these pictures, and takes on poignancy because of them; parents who work the lobster shift will find special meaning in these pages. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Yaccarino (If I Had a Robot, 1996, etc.) personifies the night sky as a starlit man in a bowler hat who brushes past the trees, closing flowers and calming seas in preparation for the arrival of night and a young boy's bedtime. Mr. Night closes the boy's eyes and whispers dreams; as the sun comes up, he grows tired, ``lies down just over the hill and drifts off to sleep.'' Simple forms and Matisse-like colors match the innocence of the story, told in a series of simple lines. Read full book review >
FLANNEL KISSES by Linda Crotta Brennan
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Alternately frolicsome and homey, this is pleasant, but without the simple wonder found in Ezra Jack Keats's wintry classic, The Snowy Day (1963), as Peter drags a stick through the snow. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A rhyming poem for the very young contrasts the warmth of indoor meals and clothing with the snowy arena of outdoor play. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >