THE LOUDEST ROAR by Thomas Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Unimpressive, just like Clovis. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Eager to prove that he is the loudest and fiercest animal in the jungle, Clovis, a very young, small tiger, approaches everyone he sees with a loud ROAR! Read full book review >
SCRUBBA DUB by Nancy van Laan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2003

"Pons's softly lit paintings use watercolors and chalk to appealing effect and her artwork saves this story, but Scrubba Dub as a whole doesn't offer up anything new or interesting to the saturated bath theme market. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Van Laan is known and respected for her abilities with story rhymes. Read full book review >

FIVE GREEN AND SPECKLED FROGS by Priscilla Burris
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"This is worth a look if you're in need of cheery counting books, but it's not a must. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Every children's librarian and kindergarten teacher worth their salt knows ten versions of this finger rhyme. Read full book review >
BABIES by Ros Asquith
by Ros Asquith, illustrated by Sam Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2003

"A perfect choice for an anytime snuggle. (Picture book. 1-4)"
A catalogue list of all the different types of babies begins as their diapered forms start tumbling across the pages. Read full book review >
CALICO’S CURIOUS KITTENS by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Brimming with puckish fun, Tildes's tale is just right for rambunctious little ones. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A kindle of kittens keeps Tildes's lovable cat, Calico, busy in this newest edition to the series (Calico's Cousins, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

MAYBE, MY BABY by Marilyn Janovitz
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Soft and snuggly, but unfortunately, not unique. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Janovitz (Three Little Kittens, not reviewed, etc.) adds a wishful, animal bedtime lullaby to the already overstuffed shelf. Read full book review >
LET’S DO THAT AGAIN! by Hiawyn Oram
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

After her mother playfully sneaks up on her, Little Brownmouse cries, "Let's do that again!" Mrs. Brownmouse patiently replies, "Hmm, not now, because right now it's time to go home." Read full book review >
TIPPY-TOE CHICK, GO! by George Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Great for group sharing and participation story hour. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The usual favorite breakfast consisting of "sweet itty-bitty beans and potato bugs" awaits Hen and her three chicks in the garden, guarded this morning by a grumpy and growling dog tied to the tree. Read full book review >
LITTLE QUACK by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A pleasant enough take on an old standby. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The odyssey of ducklings venturing forth from their comfortable nests into the big world resonates with children and has been a well-traveled subject of many works geared toward young readers. Read full book review >
ANIMAL SURPRISE! by Christopher Gunson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Full-bleed backgrounds of bold color that set off the central figure in their equally bright palettes are the perfect accompaniment to this surprising and engaging offering. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Intensely colored vignettes feature a menagerie of animals as they tell their brief and funny tales. Read full book review >
ARIEL AND EMILY by Adele Aron Greenspun
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"This mother-daughter team offers a delightful read-aloud for the very youngest. (Picture book. 2-5)"
With enormous sweetness and not a little artistry, a confection offers a whole afternoon's arc in very few words. Read full book review >
BUNNIES ON THE GO by Rick Walton
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"The triple threat combination of bunnies, methods of transportation, and the guessing game format will make this a popular pick for lap or group story times. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Walton and Miglio (Bunny Day, 2002, etc.) are back with even more bunnies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >