Released: March 1, 1998

"And Fireman Small, resembling nothing so much as a busy jellybean, makes a perfect vicarious hero for preschoolers. (Board book. 1-3)"
Fireman Small To The Rescue ($4.95; Mar. 1998; 14 pp.; 0-395-88122-6): When the alarm sounds, Fireman Small responds quickly. Read full book review >
MY LITTLE 123 BOOK by Bob Staake
Released: March 1, 1998

"There are things to count, 120, and a nice final spread recaps the exercise. (Board book. 2-5)"
There is a lot going on in the polished design of this counting book, with some scenes and objects more readily recognizable in their simplicity or sophistication than others. Read full book review >

HOT, COLD, SHY, BOLD by Pamela Harris
Released: March 1, 1998

"One picture that spans an entire spread—of two girls facing each other—is spoiled because the book's binding falls at a crucial area of the photograph; it shows that their 'how-do-you-do' faces are aimed not at each other, but at the buggy occupant of a jar. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A concept book in photographs that holds nothing new for those familiar with Tana Hoban's or Margaret Miller's work. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1998

"Most preschoolers will be delighted, especially when they learn that the saga of Old Mother Hubbard and her dog staggers on through 14 verses. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Fans of the graphic styles of J.otto Siebold, Richard McGuire, and Dan Yaccarino will adore Aye's illustrative renderings in this inventive collection of nursery rhymes. Read full book review >
TO FLY by Lucia Scuderi
Released: March 1, 1998

"Repeated folding will put a strain on this book in an institutional setting, but the humor of the birds' expressions and the bold and stylized art easily recommend this for the board-book set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An extremely brief text describes the comical adventures of baby birds learning to fly, while several fold-out pages dramatize the action. Read full book review >

PEEK-A-BOO! by Jan Ormerod
Released: March 1, 1998

"The uncluttered illustrations show the babies against plain pastel backgrounds, making this simple, happy fare for the very youngestwhat a good idea to build a book around this universal infant game. (Board book. 0-3)"
From Ormerod (Ms. MacDonald Has a Class, 1996, etc.), a good candidate for a baby's very first book; this board book shows seven little ones, all races, all smiles, hiding behind items such as mittens, a bib, a stuffed toy, and a towel; every spread asks the question, ``Where's the baby?'' A fold-down flap (located in the same spot on every spread, supplying the predictability needed by this age group) discloses the baby's face and the various rhyming answers. Read full book review >
123 YIPPIE by Lisa Jahn-Clough
Released: March 1, 1998

"If pictures can sing, these do. (Picture book. 1-3)"
All it takes to throw a big party is a houseful of kids, animals, birds, and monsters in droves numbered one to ten; Jahn- Clough (ABC Yummy, 1996, etc.) gets the whole event down on the page. Read full book review >
ZOOM CITY by Thacher Hurd
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"The melange of colors and collage practically guarantees a joy ride. (Board book. 1-4)"
In the new Harper Growing Tree series (see Cummings, above), a Go Dogs, Go! for the '90s. Read full book review >
MY AUNT CAME BACK by Pat Cummings
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"The aunt wears wild and exotic clothing throughout, and sports wonderfully decorated and adorned braids, but what emerges is her independence and sense of adventure, which she succinctly and affectionately passes on to her niece in very few pages. (Board book. 1-3)"
An unusual board book—and entry in the Harper Growing Tree series—that stars an irresistible aunt and a galloping text. Read full book review >
COWBOY BUNNIES by Christine Loomis
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"Few readers will be able to resist the impulse to bolt through these pages again. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cowboy and cowgirl wannabes—and there are many—will have their boots and ropes ready for singing the praises of cowboy bunnies, romping and riding on toy ponies and cattle: ``Cowboy bunnies/Wake up early/Ride their ponies/Hurly burly.'' All the catchy wishful thinking is paired with gouache paintings done on panels of wood, arranged vertically in various sizes and shapes to imitate murals on the slats of a fence, or placed horizontally across the spread to form a landscape of bathing bunnies. Read full book review >
DO YOU KNOW NEW? by Jean Marzollo
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"Despite these flaws, the book is fun to read aloud, and the illustrations are welcoming in their rounded simplicity and comforting pastel colors. (Board book. 1-3)"
Do You Know New? Read full book review >
WAKE UP AND GOODNIGHT by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"A pleasing edition: The book's rotations mimic those of day and night in a way that toddlers will comprehend. (Picture book. 1-6)"
In another recycling of Zolotow's past works (see review, above), this new version of a 1971 title that was illustrated by Leonard Weisgard takes a circular approach. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Elin Hilderbrand
October 13, 2015

In Winter Stroll, a sequel to last year's holiday novel Winter Street, Elin Hilderbrand improves on the first by delving deeper into the emotional lives of the Quinn clan. Christmas on Nantucket finds Winter Street Inn owner Kelley Quinn and his family busily preparing for the holiday season. Though the year has brought tragedy, the Quinns have much to celebrate: Kelley has reunited with his first wife Margaret, Kevin and Isabelle have a new baby; and Ava is finally dating a nice guy. But when Kelley's estranged wife Mitzi shows up on the island, along with Kevin's devious ex-wife Norah and a dangerously irresistible old fling of Ava's, the Inn is suddenly overrun with romantic feuds, not to mention guests. “Although some of the Quinns' problems are resolved, many are not, happily promising a third installment next year,” our reviewer writes. View video >