GOSSIE by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 26, 2002

"The potent combination of toddler-appealing story lines and the charismatic charm of the illustrations assure that these smartly clad geese will be marching straight into the hearts of readers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A sweet and silly pair of tales about an eccentric gosling and her newfound friend. Read full book review >
IT WAS YOU, BLUE KANGAROO! by Emma Chichester Clark
FICTION
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"An engaging cautionary tale about the importance of being truthful. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Lily and her beloved kangaroo (Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo, 2001, etc.) return in a tale of naughtiness and redemption. Read full book review >

JUST DUCKY by Kathy Mallat
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A charmer. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Ducky searches high and low for a friend who can play, but discovers that the best friend he can have is literally right under his nose. Read full book review >
THE WRIGGLY, WRIGGLY BABY by Jessica Clerk
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Ink and acrylic illustrations accompany this fanciful story; the rosy-cheeked youngster and expressive animals will make it a favorite and the bouncy rhythm is sure to have readers wriggling with pleasure. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A wriggly baby manages to wriggle right past his parents and into the middle of an exciting rhyming adventure. Read full book review >
PLATYPUS AND THE LUCKY DAY by Chris Riddell
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Keep on smiling. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A lucky day proves to be just so, but not before a series of mishaps casts a long shadow across Platypus's expectations. Read full book review >

MY BIG BROTHER by Valorie Fisher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2002

"A follow-up for big sisters would be a fine idea. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Written from the point of view of a baby brother, and ostensibly intended for the younger sibling, this paean to older brothers will comfort first-borns who may have trouble adjusting to a new baby, showing them just how much they mean to their newest family members. Read full book review >
MY FIRST DAY AT NURSERY SCHOOL by Becky Edwards
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2002

"A welcome follow-up to Edwards's My Brother Sammy (an award-winner in Britain) and a noteworthy debut for Flintoft. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A worried little girl faces her first day at nursery school with a frown. Read full book review >
FROGGIE WENT-A-COURTIN’ by Iza Trapani
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: July 1, 2002

"This is a highly enjoyable composite of visually pleasing illustrations and light, catchy text. (Picture book. 2-7)"
In this endearing adaptation of a traditional Scottish folk song, Froggie searches the small animal kingdom for his wife. Read full book review >
BORED! BORED! BORED! by Jill Newton
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Newton's dry humor will appeal to parents and teachers eager to teach a lesson and squelch a familiar lament; young readers will soak it up like a sponge. (Picture book. 2-6)"
British author/illustrator Newton (Where Are My Chicks, 2002, etc.) makes a splash in this tale about fitting in without fitting the mold. Read full book review >
SHARK IN THE PARK! by Nick Sharratt
ANIMALS
Released: June 11, 2002

"And although the premise is tried and true, Sharratt's design is fresh and fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Cartoon-bright colors saturate lively spreads in Sharratt's (Eat Your Peas, 2000, etc.) clever offering. Read full book review >
FARMER DOOGIE by Peter Curry
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2002

Farmer Doogie is a good and handy—and busy soul. Read full book review >
HELLO, HELLO! by Miriam Schlein
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2002

"Informative, with play-along potential. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Whether it is by bumping foreheads, twining trunks, rubbing noses, or simply waving, everyone and everything says hello in different ways. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >