BEAR IN A SQUARE by Stella Blackstone
Released: Sept. 3, 1998

"A strip on every spread has a pattern of repeated shapes—including 'zigzag' and 'moon' in crescent form, not as elemental as the others—to help the very young in the search. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Blackstone (see review, above) asks readers to "Find the bear in the square" in the first spread, where a bear waves a polka-dot scarf from the window of an apartment building. Read full book review >
NO, DAVID! by David Shannon
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"David is a small, snaggle-toothed piehead whose mischief—for those who don't have to clean up after him—is nothing short of exhilarating. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This autobiographical (according to the author's note) story from Shannon (A Bad Case of Stripes, 1998, etc.) features a young hellion, also named David, who is forever at the receiving end of a sharp "No!" Read full book review >

SEVEN STARS MORE! by Kathy Mallat
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The repetitions and Abby's movements—in bed, out of bed, back into bed'should make this book a gateway for listeners to the sometimes elusive Land of Nod. (Picture book. Ages 2-6)"
Mallat's picture-book solo is a combination counting book and lullaby. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The story may not exhibit much follow-through, but the large simple figures situated on vivid backgrounds and the poking about of the hippo all the way to his birthday party will have preschoolers eager for each turn of the page. (Board book. 2-5)"
This brightly hued board book follows the meanderings of a merry hippo. Read full book review >
BEDTIME by Elsa  Warnick
by Elsa Warnick, illustrated by Elsa Warnick
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"With its whispered text and precise renderings, this is a gentle addition to the bedtime-book shelf, sure to lead children off to sleep. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A low-key bedtime book for toddlers has a gossamer plot and a simple presentation of familiar objects. Read full book review >

CIRCLE DOGS by Kevin Henkes
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Henkes completes the goodnight tale with just the right amount of sounds for the sensory enjoyment of preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
PLB 0-688-15447-6 Shapes cavort in the form of circle dogs (long thin dachshunds that chase their tails, forming circles) that live in a big square house in this delightful book for the very young. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Johnson-Petrov's evocative pastels strive to bring continuity to the pages, but the book exhibits none of Wahl's usual skill. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This fantasy from Wahl (The Singing Geese, 1998, etc.) suffers from disjointedness; far too many of the sentences are crafted to be pretty rather than to tell a story. Read full book review >
10 MINUTES TILL BEDTIME by Peggy Rathmann
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The colors are clear and cheerful; the boy, with his saucer eyes and fuzzy slippers, will enchant any child who has listened to a similar countdown to lights out. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Rathmann (Officer Buckle and Gloria, 1995, etc.) offers a loony look at the shank of one child's evening in this manic picture book. Read full book review >
I HEARD A LITTLE BAA by Elizabeth MacLeod
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Phillip's cheerful, brightly colored illustrations and their crayon-like outlines add considerable humor to the text. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Using rhythm, rhyme, animal noises, and gatefold pages for the guessing-game element of surprise, this book should be an instant hit with the very young. Read full book review >
MAX by Ken Wilson-Max
by Ken Wilson-Max, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Wilson-Max keeps the paper engineering simple; his cast is affable, but under-utilized by the format. (Board book. 2-5)"
A board book with pull-tabs and flaps neatly outlines a child's unconventional but loving family. Read full book review >
BABY BORN by Anastasia Suen
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Such a sturdy, well-considered board book will please both parents and children. (Board book. 1-3)"
An adorable lift-the-flap book that works on a number of levels. Read full book review >
THE GHOSTS IN THE CELLAR by Jacques Duquennoy
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Swiss cheese, recalling the funny effects of the first book) precludes opportunities for humor; the text is redundant, for the art inventively depicts most of the action. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The adorable characters from The Ghosts' Dinner (1994, not reviewed) return to win points with children despite a lackluster plot. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >