OLLIE by Olivier Dunrea
Released: Aug. 25, 2003

"Plenty of white space reinforces the simplicity and keeps the focus on the appealing goslings; the large typeface and small trim size make these volumes especially appropriate for the youngest audience. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Dunrea's group of cleanly attractive mini-volumes featuring gosling friends Gossie and Gertie grows by two. Read full book review >
ZEE by Michel Gay
by Michel Gay, illustrated by Michel Gay
Released: Aug. 18, 2003

"Charming from A to Zee. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Anxious for his parents to wake up so he can climb in bed for a snuggle, Zee tries to serve them breakfast in bed. Read full book review >

BYE, BYE! by Nancy Kaufmann
Released: Aug. 15, 2003

"A good choice for first-day jitters, whether for parents or children. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Piggy has a hard time saying goodbye to his father on the first day of school, but then he finds that the day is over much too soon. Read full book review >
IS IT CHRISTMAS? by John Prater
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"There isn't much plot here outside the steps of getting ready for the holiday, but parents may find this useful to introduce toddlers and younger preschoolers to the concept of preparing for Christmas gradually. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Roly-poly, golden-brown Baby Bear lives with Grandbear (who could be either a grandmother or grandfather bear) in a cozy home with all the accoutrements of modern life. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, SAM by Mary-Louise Gay
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Charming. (Picture book. 2-3)"
Readers who love the Stella series will be glad to see that her brother Sam has his own second story. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Litzinger's bright mixed-media paintings evince a variety of emotions of fear, wonder, and relief through the gentle, soft expressive faces of the child, while the scary images have just the right touch of humor to make a menacing concept bearable. (Picture book. 2-4)"
In a child's imaginary world of nighttime darkness, the simplest noises and shadows on the wall can creep into the preschooler's mind, looming large and frightening. Read full book review >
BAD DOG MAX! by Marina Windsor
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Although Max doesn't really present any new tricks in the crowded pack of available stories about dogs, preschoolers will connect with the subtle theme of reassurance that even those who engage in wayward behavior are still loved by their families. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Max is a female Australian cattle dog who gets into constant mischief around the house, stealing clothing and food, digging holes in the yard, and scaring the mailman. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Loose watercolor-and-pencil pictures and a touch of appropriately 'scratchy' calligraphy put readers in the right farm—uh, frame—of mind to sympathize with Saturday and to applaud when he finally cock-a-doodle-doos. (Picture book. 2-5)"
There's one in every clutch—a nonconformist who's simply not content to toe the line. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Sweet toddler amusement. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A little boy dresses his black dog from head to toe in everything from underpants to jacket and socks: "I like the shirt with stripes, do you? Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"If self-righteous versions of this story find you hoping the hen chokes on her bread, Allen's will have you hoping it's delectable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
One feckless, lazy citizen of the farmyard after another is revealed in this well-crafted, amusing novelty. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Special less for the themes of bullying and posturing than for the super-expressive, always-in-motion illustrations. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Newton illustrates her two Gordons, goat and goose, with passionate feeling and motion as they vie for authority over the barnyard. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2003

"It's fertile ground, though, for preschoolers and families to think up their own finger fun. (Picture book. 1-4)"
In this sequel to Busy Toes (1998), Bowie (a pseudonym for a trio of women) extols the handiness of opposable thumbs and fingers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >