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 >
NORTHWOODS CRADLE SONG by Douglas Wood
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1996

"Children will feel warm and comforted, secure enough in their small realms to fall easily asleep. (Picture book. 1 -5)"
This lullaby of the north has been translated from the language of the Menominee people and then adapted by Wood (Old Turtle, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

LOST CAT by Tad Hardy
by Tad Hardy, illustrated by David Goldin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"The artist portrays the cat—rightly, readers will say—as a total rascal; he's garrulous, colossally independent, and immune to all human concerns. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A big, round cat—with a face only a mother (or distraught owner) could love—gets lost. Read full book review >
ON THE WING by Douglas Florian
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Nonfiction and humor don't always fit comfortably together, but in this book they become a delightful whole, a sturdy foundation from which to explore the playfulness of language. (Picture book/poetry. 2-8)"
This collection of bird poems and paintings is a fine encore to Florian's Beast Feast (1994). Read full book review >
HUSH! by Minfong Ho
by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 1996

"A sure winner. (Picture book. 2-6)"
From the author of A Clay Marble (1991), a charming, repetitive rhyme (subtitled ``A Thai Lullaby'') in which a mother shushes all the creatures, from a tiny mosquito to a huge elephant, in and around her thatch-roofed house so that her baby can sleep in the blue cloth hammock. Read full book review >
ADAM PIG'S EVERYTHING FUN BOOK by Selina Young
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Young is right on target with her choice of topics for this audience; the book lives up to its title by providing fun for every child's every mood. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Winsome illustrations of Adam Pig and his extended family will make devoted fans of this amusing work. Read full book review >
"FIRE! FIRE!" SAID MRS. McGUIRE by Bill Martin, Jr.
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"That stereotyping contradicts the spirit of fresh perceptions shown in the rest of the book, but its bold, breezy tone helps compensate for the offense, and youngsters will be captivated by the colorful scenes and forceful language. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Women are depicted here in a number of unexpected roles, including the heroic. Read full book review >
LAZY OZZIE by Michael Coleman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Skillful watercolor and ink illustrations add bounce, but never get in the way of the story. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A cumulative tale with a manipulative youngster as its hero. Read full book review >
FLY WITH THE BIRDS by Richard Edwards
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Kitamura's bee-busy, lighthearted illustrations prevent the exercise from becoming too professorial; his trademark clutter will keep children poring over the pages. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A day in the life of an imaginative girl, told in singsong. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >