THERE'S A SQUARE by Mary Serfozo
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The book is conceived as an entertaining lesson, and concludes with a carefully designed review that makes sense of shapes in an easy and imaginative way. (Picture book. 2-4)"
From Serfozo (Joe Joe, 1993, etc.), an introduction to the square, circle, triangle, rectangle, oval, and diamond. Read full book review >
IF YOU WERE MY BUNNY by Kate McMullan
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

Familiar lullabies are given a twist by McMullan (Hey, Pipsqueak!, 1995, etc.) in a work that serves as a missing link between board books and more lavish picture books. Read full book review >

BERNARD'S BATH by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, a good-time lesson. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bernard, an elephant, is cut from the same reluctant mold as Russell Hoban's Frances with her bedtime finaglings and Rosemary Wells's Edward the ever-unready bear (p. 1437). Read full book review >
CONNIE CAME TO PLAY by Jill Paton Walsh
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"From the author of Pepi and the Secret (p. 560), it's grand to see such a typical preschool scenario handled without preachiness. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Connie came to play and Robert doesn't want to share his toys. ``This is my train!'' he tells her. ``All right,'' says Connie. ``You play with that one. Read full book review >
SWEET DREAMS OF THE WILD by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
POETRY
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

Dotlich's debut, subtitled ``Poems for Bedtime,'' is sure to give any preschooler sweet dreams. Read full book review >

THE BABY BOOK by Ann Morris
by Ann Morris, photographed by Ken Heyman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"The photographs (not by Heyman but from various collections) are rather arbitrary, and Morris has written a text in doggerel, marred by forced rhymes, poor grammar, and misinformation. (Picture books/nonfiction. 2-6)"
Morris (Weddings, p. 1114, etc.) and her longtime collaborator, Heyman, join for three books that look at basic human relationships in the new The World's Family series. Read full book review >
DOWN BY THE POND by Margrit Cruickshank
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Barring that quibble, the illustrations project well for story hours or bedtime sharing. (Picture book. 1-5)"
A fox after chickens is foiled by the other barnyard animals in this cheerful tale, set among the vivid greens and rolling hills of the English countryside. Read full book review >
ARMADILLO RAY by John Beifuss
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"In his first book, Beifuss's text is somewhat wordy, but its point is simple and accessible, its protagonist endearing, and the vibrancy of the illustrations silences debate over minor details. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Readers will be drawn here first to newcomer Turley's paintings: oil pastels more dazzling than Mexican folk art that depict a stylized southwestern landscape. Read full book review >
SO HAPPY/SO SAD by Julie Paschkis
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Paschkis's colorful portraits display a whimsical use of perspective and amiable animals who are expressive without being cute; the background patterns bloom in a robust palette. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A simple book—two books in one that end in the middle—with a salubrious message: ``Sometimes, you just feel happy'' and ``Sometimes, you just feel sad.'' In the first half of this book a troop of animals savors its happiness—a peacock parades while a tiger is tickled. Read full book review >
MOUSE CHASE by Vivian Sathre
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The look is refreshingly uncluttered. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A real cat-and-mouse chase that races along in quick-stepping action sentences: ``Whiskers twitch./Mouse runs./Cat chases.'' Mouse hops onto a leaf on a gusty day and rides it up and out of Cat's clutches. Read full book review >
EDWARD IN DEEP WATER by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"It's a worthy thought, although, unlike Wells's Bunny Planet series (Voyage to the Bunny Planet, 1992, etc.), the plots are rudimentary and interchangeable. (Picture book. 2-4)"
One of three variations on a theme, aimed directly at impatient parents. Read full book review >
BAD DAY AT RIVERBEND by Chris Van Allsburg
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The average bildungsroman accomplishes this kind of transition in several hundred pages; Van Allsburg does it in 32, and leaves the flower of children's bookmaking blooming in the desert town of Riverbend. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Riverbend is a tiny town in the heart of the Wild West where nothing interesting ever happens. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >