BEATRICE DOESN’T WANT TO by Laura Numeroff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"While big people might see the end coming, the target audience will enjoy the twist and wish for further adventures. (Picture book. 2-6)"
"Beatrice didn't like books. She didn't even like to read. Read full book review >
BABY GOOSE by Kate McMullan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Oversensitive parental readers may be pleased by that, and certainly by the tongue-in-cheek art; babies will, as ever, enjoy hearing the playful nonsense. (Nursery rhymes. 0-3)"
McMullan brings babies to center stage in 27 thematically arranged, deftly altered Mother Goose rhymes—"Hark hark the dogs do bark / The babies are coming to town," "Oh, the Baby Duke of York / He had ten thousand men," "Baby Foster went to Gloucester," etc. Lemaître illustrates each with a cartoon-style scene, featuring diaper-clad toddlers accompanied by a varied and recurring cast of farm animals, pets, bugs, bath toys, and dancing sausages. Read full book review >

DAN YACCARINO’S MOTHER GOOSE by Dan Yaccarino
POETRY
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

"Mother Goose reinterpreted lives on. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Yaccarino casts 34 traditional Mother Goose nursery rhymes into an unconventional urban setting. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Sept. 20, 2004

"All in all, the rhymes aren't particularly funny or memorable—a middling sort of collection in a crowded genre. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Fyleman, best known in the US for her poem "A Fairy Went A-Marketing," was a well-known children's writer and editor in England in the first decades of the 20th century. Read full book review >
HANDS by Lois Ehlert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Photos of a lush open-up paint box, brushes, and paint splotches are irresistible—have some paints ready for readers to use themselves. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An unseen first-person protagonist tempts readers to try their hand at crafts by showing various tools up close. Read full book review >

HANUKKAH, OH HANUKKAH by Susan L. Roth
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"While other related information such as why the menorah is lit is not included, this will serve as a fun, simple artistic introduction to the holiday for the youngest child. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Bright collage art using a wealth of textured, patterned papers and lace bring this traditional holiday song to life. Read full book review >
JOEY AND JET by James Yang
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"An excellent introduction to what can usually be a difficult concept for youngsters. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A game of fetch teaches young children how to describe locations. Read full book review >
WOW! CITY! by Robert Neubecker
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Filled with energy and excitement, this works as a travel guide for the very youngest readers and fun title to share for programs and lap-sit reads. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A young girl comes down from her mountain home for a visit to New York City with her father. Read full book review >
SLEEPING CUTIE by Andrea Davis Pinkney
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Nothing here on the level of some of the Pinkneys' other work—the attractive, brightly colored ink illustrations emphasize sweetness over artistic richness—but the musical interlude adds a lively touch of nightclub excitement to this bedtime story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cutie LaRue is sweet as cream—until bedtime rolls around. Read full book review >
TOM AND SMALL by Clara Vulliamy
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Vulliamy's winsome watercolor characters are all smiles in this happy bedtime story that should dispel all fears of leaving loved ones behind on the first day of school. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Vulliamy's follow-up to Small (2002), pre-schooler Tom's favorite little mouse doll, follows a familiar path blazed by the now-classic George Shrinks. Read full book review >
WHERE IS BEAR? by Lesléa Newman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Newman lacks her usual flair, but the text is simple enough for the youngest ears and proves that together is better. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The game is hide-and-seek. Read full book review >
KNUFFLE BUNNY by Mo Willems
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The natural audience for this offering is a little older than its main character: they will easily identify with Trixie's grief and at the same time feel superior to her hapless parent—and rejoice wholeheartedly at the happy reunion. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Anguish begets language in this tale of a toddler's lost stuffie. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >