MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE by Iona Opie
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"There's little point in pretending that even prodigious collections of nursery rhymes can do without this one—it's a must. (index) (Poetry. 2-8)"
My Very First Mother Goose ($19.99; Sept. 1996; 108 pp.; 1-56402- 620-5): One glimpse of the merry Wells (The Language of Doves, p. 1159, etc.) characters that caper through these pages—a cast of hundreds—one flip through the pages where Opie (I Saw Esau, 1992, etc.) has arranged almost 70 familiar and not-so-familiar rhymes to an effect of unabashed glee, and readers will be in love again with the original Mother Goose. Read full book review >
DOWN ON CASEY'S FARM by Sandra Jordan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"At Casey's farm, the days are always summer and the light a shade of gold. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Casey's farm is in his backyard: His animal creatures are toys, a wooden box his barn. Read full book review >

ONE HOLE IN THE ROAD by W. Nikola-Lisa
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A smart, funny piece. (Picture book. 2-6)"
It may be just one hole in the road, but it is causing a load of trouble. Read full book review >
A RIDE ON MOTHER'S BACK by Emery Bernhard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Many preschoolers won't sit still for all the facts, but they will love the pictures of babies sleeping, watching, participating; older children will find the information compelling and can locate more details in notes at the back. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In a work subtitled ``A Day of Baby Carrying Around the World,'' the Bernhards (The Way of the Willow Branch, p. 370, etc.) demonstrate the universal methods for keeping babies safe while people work and play. Read full book review >
MINERVA LOUISE AT SCHOOL by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Minerva Louise's goofy perceptions and enterprising spirit are sure to tickle listeners at story hour. (Picture book. 2-6)"
That inquisitive hen (A Hat for Minerva Louise, 1994) is back, in fine feather. Read full book review >

WHO WAKES ROOSTER? by Clare Hodgson Meeker
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"It adds a wondrous realism to the proceedings. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Who wakes rooster? Read full book review >
THE BLUSHFUL HIPPOPOTAMUS by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Bountiful comfort in very few words. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Raschka (Can't Sleep, 1995, etc.), recognizing that siblings and friends loom large in a small child's world, shows how a big sister's teasing is diminished by the support of a friend in an exuberant read-aloud. Read full book review >
IF I HAD A ROBOT by Dan Yaccarino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Yaccarino (Big Brother Mike, 1992, etc.) uses the artwork, printed on matte paper, to reiterate his materialist conclusion, by subtly grounding Phil's fanciful imaginings in rotund, weighted images. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Rather than eat his vegetables, Phil conjures up an imaginary robot to do it for him. Read full book review >
I AM ME! by Alexa Brandenberg
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"All the daydreams fly in the face of gender stereotypes, making Brandenberg's book rudimentary, but effective. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Children who love to dream about what they'll be when they grow up will like meeting this racially diverse group of preschool boys and girls in Brandenberg's first book, as they each imagine nine different vocations—including fireman, carpenter, librarian, and chef. Read full book review >
DOG BRAIN by David Milgrim
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Lots of fun, and accessible to the very young. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Sneakers only appears to be the world's dumbest dog: He won't fetch, roll over, or obey any of the house rules. Read full book review >
1 2 3 COUNT WITH ME by Sian Tucker
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Should the sturdy little doors and flaps fall off— as inevitably they will—the book still works. (Lift-the-flap. 2-4)"
1 2 3 Count With Me ($12.95; Sept. 1, 1996; 24 pp.; 0-689-80828-3): From one to twenty, this bright, basic counting book puts forth a given number of items for each number, e.g., four ponies. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU'RE NOT LOOKING by Maggie Kneen
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The soft pictures have appeal. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Young imaginations are tempted in this counting book that invites readers to invent stories to go along with illustrations and captions, sort of a version of Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984), with its sinister quality counterbalanced by greeting-card pretty double-page spreads. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >