ALL TOGETHER NOW! by Nick Butterworth
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Butterworth (The Rescue Party, 1993, etc.) employs good cheer in drawings that make the whole venture extremely user-friendly. (Picture book. 1-5)"
A smiling boy, dressed in a green T-shirt, jeans, and socks that are about to fall off his feet, wants to have a picnic, but his six little friendsWhitey, the bear; George, the monkey; Hippo; Croc; Millie, the elephant; and Wilson, the giraffeare hiding from him. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An unusual and very beautiful bedtime book. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Another happy collaboration from the producers of This Is the Hat (1992), this time a trip around all seven continents to show animal and human mothers (but no fathers!) crooning to their sleepy babies. Read full book review >

SEBASTIAN'S TRUMPET by Miko Imai
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Share this with those who want to join in on the sound effects. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Three little white bears receive musical instruments for their birthday. Read full book review >
WHERE I LIVE by Heidi Goennel
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"While not groundbreaking, these brash board books are visually hypnotic. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A board book entry in the four-book It's My World series (the others are What I Wear, ISBN 0-688-14147-1; What I See, 14146-3; and What I Eat, 14145-5). Read full book review >
PLANE by Chris L. Demarest
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A companion volume, Ship (ISBN 0-15-200267-7), does a similarly energetic job plying the high seas and evoking things oceanic. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A board book journey for the very young on a pleasurable plane ride through an intimate, minimal landscape. Read full book review >

SKIP ACROSS THE OCEAN by Floella Benjamin
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The bonus is the design of the endpapers, comprised of a riotous patchwork quilt of images. (Picture book. 2- 6)"
Exuberant childlike paintings glow and almost run away with this eclectic grouping of 32 nursery rhymes. Read full book review >
CAN'T SLEEP by Chris Raschka
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Tender is the night. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A comforting lullaby from Raschka (Yo! Yes?, 1993, etc.) about a small dog with a big case of insomnia. Read full book review >
SOMETHING'S COMING! by Richard Edwards
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Simple, repetitive text. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A surefire ribtickler for older toddlers. Read full book review >
ZA-ZA'S BABY BROTHER by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A delight right down to the endpapers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Cousins (Noah's Ark, 1993, etc.) plows a well-worked plot: Za- Za is not happy that the new baby takes so much of his parents' attention, but after playing alone with her new brother and helping put him to bed, Za-Za learns that there's still time for hugs and a bedtime story. Read full book review >
FROM MY WINDOW by Olive Wong
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"An amiable book and wintry tribute to one of childhood's happiest experiences. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Looking out the windows of his building in a multi-ethnic brownstone neighborhood on the morning after a snowstorm, a delighted little boy sees snow-covered buildings and trees, adults digging out, children playing, snowplows, salt trucks, and finally a friend with a sled. Read full book review >
WEE LITTLE WOMAN by Byron Barton
Released: May 30, 1995

The echoes of other versions of this tale gain all the invigorating impact of an original in Barton's capable hands. Read full book review >
TRIANGLE, SQUARE, CIRCLE by William Wegman
NONFICTION
Released: May 8, 1995

"Have another biscuit. (Picture books. 2-7)"
Most illustrators outfitting animals and placing them in human situations strive for the naturalistic, but not Wegman. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >