MAMA LOVE by Kathy Mallat
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2004

"Little chimps of the human variety will willingly crawl into a parental lap to share this visual and verbal hug. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Despite opening with a frame just the right size for a baby picture, followed by big, close-up paintings of a mother chimpanzee in the wild holding, carrying, grooming, and otherwise showing devotion to her child, this makes a less sappy variant than usual on the "how much do you love me?" genre. Read full book review >
SMILE, LILY! by Candace Fleming
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2004

"One especially amusing picture shows an enormous crying Lily surrounded by tiny worried adults, beautifully illustrating that babies truly are the center of their universe. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Readers from young children to grandparents will appreciate the frustration felt by Lily's family in Fleming's lyrical journey into what makes a baby tick. Read full book review >

THE NOISY WAY TO BED by Ian Whybrow
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Sweet dreams. (Picture book. 1-5)"
A sleepy little boy in pajamas of blue leads readers on a gentle ramble through field and farmyard as he wends his way home and, finally, to bed. Read full book review >
ME BABY, YOU BABY by Ashley  Wolff
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"While the trip to the zoo, full of mothers and babies of all sizes and shapes, offers an interesting subject, the overly repetitious verse and somewhat saccharine paintings keep this from being a distinctive selection. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rhythmic verses follow the trip of two toddlers and their mothers as they visit the zoo. Read full book review >
ITSY BITSY THE SMART SPIDER by Charise Mericle Harper
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Young readers will enjoy them both. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The Itsy Bitsy spider has, at last, found some gumption. Read full book review >

DOWN ON THE FARM by Merrily Kutner
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Accompanying art is appropriately lighthearted and basic, if not overly simplistic due largely to heavy black outlines that give the flat images a slightly rudimentary, coloring-book quality that suits the text. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The three R's—rhythm, rhyme, and repetition—are harvested abundantly in this simple, sing-song introduction to farm animals for toddlers. Read full book review >
SUBWAY by Anastasia Suen
by Anastasia Suen, illustrated by Karen Katz
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"Movement and energy fill the bright and crowded pages since this is the subway as seen through the eyes of one thrilled at the adventure: busy, joyful, and exciting. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Thumping verses convey the rush and bustle of a crowded subway trip. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL BANANAS by Elizabeth Laird
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"This gentle tale will delight young readers (and listeners). (Picture book/folktale. 2-6)"
In the African jungle full of colorful foliage and lush fruit, Beatrice sets off to visit her granddad with a beautiful bunch of bananas. Read full book review >
LARABEE by Kevin Luthardt
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"This is a colorful, seamless blend of simple sentiment mixed with happy intent putting a stamp on why we should continue to use the post office for more than just junk mail. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A subtle twist on the mailman vs. dog theme, but Mr. Bowman the mailman, brings his own dog, Larabee, on his route every day. Read full book review >
RAINDROP, PLOP! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Finishing on a triumphant note with the sun bursting forth, this bright tale is just right for snuggling up on a stormy day. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A little girl frolics among the raindrops in this effervescent counting book. Read full book review >
TIME FOR BALLET by Adèle Geras
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"Geared for the tiniest tiptoes, this sparkling tale is bound to delight. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Tilly is tickled pink because it's Tuesday, the day for ballet lessons. Read full book review >
ROCK-A-BYE BABY by Danny Adlerman
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Some readers may prefer a more traditional approach to children's illustration, but all are sure to appreciate the Adlermans' creative artistry. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A husband-and-wife team expands the familiar lullaby in this visually packed effort. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >