ALFONSE, WHERE ARE YOU? by Linda Wikler
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Spirited watercolors, in a realistic style, show all the fun. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Alfonse is a big goose compared to Little Bird, and when they play hide-and-seek together, it takes Alfonse a while to find a place large enough for cover. Read full book review >
WHILE YOU SLEEP by Julia Moore
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 1996

"The clearly outlined animal figures—bears, zebras, hummingbirds, and lions—are easy to see and to identify, even from a distance—ideal for lapsitting programs in libraries. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Simple two-word and three-word lines compose this rhythmic lullaby aimed at the very youngest listener. ``Oh, baby, while you sleep . . ./breezes sweep/rivers rush/crickets hush/bears tumble/bees bumble/ . . . nestlings peep/all while you sleep.'' Moore's first book is a pleasure to read aloud, and even parents who find reading difficult will quickly settle into the words. Read full book review >

THE A TO Z BEASTLY JAMBOREE by Robert Bender
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 1996

"An exciting, approachable look at the animal kingdom. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bender (Toads and Diamonds, 1995, etc.) rises to the demands of the highly structured alphabet-book format. Read full book review >
EMMA AND MOMMY TALK TO GOD by Marianne Williamson
RELIGION
Released: May 31, 1996

"By trying in good faith to show no favoritism toward a particular faith, this book should be useful in institutions that receive requests for spiritual books for young children. (Picture book. 2-8)"
It is difficult for a picture book of prayer that attempts to fit almost any monotheistic religion to be successful. Read full book review >
FAMILY TIME by Margaret Miller
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1996

"If the point is that all one needs for family time is at least one relative, adults will have to spell it out for the children looking at these. (Board book. 2-3)"
Family Time ($4.99; May 1996; 22 pp.; 0-689-80051-7): Although this Super Chubby series entry is sturdy and wholly cheerful with photograph after full-color photograph of two or more members of a family sharing a moment, the overall theme is a little loose for the literal-minded toddlers at which it's aimed. Read full book review >

SOME SLEEP STANDING UP by Susan Stockdale
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Stockdale's first book shows promise. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Some Sleep Standing Up ($13.00; May 1, 1996; 28 pp.; 0-689-80509- 8): In a soothing bedtime book, some sleepy animals and a spare text—a short line per page—show that there are many ways to slumber and many synonyms for sleep: rest, relax, snore, snooze, drowse, nap, etc. In a quiet, lilting text, the words often rhyme, not always smoothly. Read full book review >
RHINOS WHO SURF by Julie Mammano
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Way cool, but also of limited usefulness. (glossary) (Picture book. 2-6)"
A wild blend of the psychedelic with folk art provides the eye-filling graphics of Mammano's first book, which has no story for mondo dudes to carve up but constructs a day in the life of some surfing rhinos using only California surfer lingo. Read full book review >
LITTLE CLOUD by Eric Carle
FICTION
Released: April 6, 1996

"The result is a philosophical suggestion, scaled to a child's sensibility, as open to interpretation as the passing clouds. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A sophisticated idea deftly packed into a simple text. Read full book review >
BOOMER GOES TO SCHOOL by Constance W. McGeorge
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"He's an endearing hero, just right for preschoolers curious about where their older siblings go during the day. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Boomer, a shaggy golden retriever and hero of Boomer's Big Day (1994, not reviewed), goes to school with his owner; after a morning of playing with the kids and then eating lunch (theirs), he becomes the star of the afternoon show-and-tell. Read full book review >
MY ELEPHANT CAN DO ALMOST ANYTHING by Anke de Vries
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"It's hard not to hope for more from de Vries and Walraven. (Picture book. 2-6)"
What a delight—a picture-book collaboration in the best sense of the term from an author and artist from the Netherlands. Read full book review >
BEACH BUNNY by Jennifer  Selby
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"It almost need not be said—children will love him, too. (Picture book. 2-6)"
For her first picture-book solo, Selby (In the Still of the Night, 1994) creates bold, colorful graphics that will be popular with the point-and-name set. Read full book review >
MRS. BROWN WENT TO TOWN by Wong Herbert Yee
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"First-rate silliness from the creator of Big Black Bear (1993); the more improbable the situations, the more readers will be laughing out loud. (Picture book. 2-7)"
``When riding her bicycle down the street,/A terrier tasted Mrs. Brown's feet.'' That's the innocuous beginning of Mrs. Brown's troubles; a bicycle crash leads to a stay in the hospital. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >