SWEET HEARTS by Jan Carr
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"A sweetheart of a tale to foster the holiday spirit. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A mischievous panda stealthily spreads some Valentine's Day cheer around his home. Read full book review >
A DAY WITH NELLIE by Marthe Jocelyn
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Fast, clever, and fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Busy Nellie wakes up in a tangle of blankets ready to start a full day. Read full book review >

LOOK AT THE BABY by Kelly Johnson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"As the rhyme concludes: 'sweet, sweet, sweet!' (Picture book. 1-4)"
A photographic investigation of a baby from head to toe lends itself to repeat visits to its adorable subjects. Read full book review >
HUMPHREY’S CHRISTMAS by Sally Hunter
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The basic plot and short length make this a good choice for toddlers who need a short, calming bedtime story on Christmas Eve—just like Humphrey and Lottie. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Humphrey and his older sister Lottie are young elephant siblings in this third offering in a series for preschoolers by Hunter (Humphrey's Bedtime, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
JAZZY IN THE JUNGLE by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Vividly colorful and delightful fun, this is Cousins doing what she does best: entertaining the youngest of readers with panache. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A mother lemur searches for her baby among the flora and fauna of the jungle. Read full book review >

I KNOW A RHINO by Charles Fuge
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

A young girl transforms her day in imaginative rhyming play with her many animal friends. Read full book review >
YELLOW UMBRELLA by Jae Soo Liu
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"This lovely and unusual treat will lend itself to multiple readings and interpretations, and inspire classroom activities ranging from art and creative writing to quiet contemplation. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In a wordless outing, a yellow umbrella in the rain is joined by a blue umbrella, then a red one. Read full book review >
ALL YOU NEED FOR A SNOWMAN by Alice Schertle
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A treat in text and pictures to be read again and again. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A rollicking combination of poet (Good Night, Hattie, My Dearie, My Dove, p. 345, etc.) and illustrator (The Gift, not reviewed, etc.) will have exuberant toddlers and their families following along as colorfully clad youngsters build a huge feathery snowman. Read full book review >
HAPPY HANUKKAH, BISCUIT! by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A pleasant addition to the Biscuit canon. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Biscuit's (Biscuit Goes to School, p. 877, etc.) back and this time he's celebrating Hanukkah. Read full book review >
MOON GLOWING by Elizabeth Partridge
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Lovely. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A spare text describes the onset of winter as four animals of the forest make preparations. Read full book review >
SLEIGH BELLS AND SNOWFLAKES by LInda Bronson
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The poems and songs may be old chestnuts, but Bronson's art is as fresh and surprising as an unexpected snowfall. (Poetry. 2-6)"
Bronson (Just Think, 2001, etc.) selected 19 poems, including 11 traditional Christmas carols or well-known songs such as "Silver Bells" and "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas," each serving as a springboard for her unusual illustrations. Read full book review >
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS by Gene Autry
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Though the song lyrics are primarily about Santa, they also include Christian references to prayer, following the light, and giving 'thanks to the Lord above, 'cause Santa Claus comes tonight.' (Picture book. 2-5)"
Autry and Haldeman's old Christmas song becomes a Christmas Eve story in this interpretation illustrated with realistic paintings by Whatley (Lullaby Lullabook, not reviewed, etc.). 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 >