THE BEASTLY FEAST by Bruce Goldstone
Released: May 1, 1998

"Joyous prints and cut-outs use color, texture, and shapes, but there are also elements of storytelling not mentioned in the text: The sight of flies airlifting pies to the extravaganza is not to be missed. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In his picture-book debut, Goldstone serves up a grand meal of rhymes garnished by a colorful salsa of animal prints by Lent. Read full book review >
BEDTIME! by Joan W. Blos
Released: May 1, 1998

"The pictures are soothing but repetitious; only the conspiratorial tone between the narrator and readers distinguishes this entry from much of the bedtime-story canon. (Picture book. 1-3)"
The setting of this bedtime tale is a clutter-free child's bedroom, where a boy refuses to go to bed but soon admits to his grandmother that one of his three stuffed toys might be sleepy. Read full book review >

TICK-TOCK by Lena Anderson
Released: April 10, 1998

"The book will sing to those who love Jill Murphy's A Quiet Night In (1994), and translates beautifully to uses in foster-care and group-home situations. (Picture book. 1-4)"
This bedtime story, populated with a variety of toy-like animals, will strike a chord with readers accustomed to wearing out their caregivers. Read full book review >
HELLO, RED FOX by Eric Carle
Released: April 1, 1998

Carle (From Head to Toe, 1997) asks readers to engage in optical illusions to view his illustrations for a story that becomes an unforgettable lesson in complementary colors. Read full book review >
LITTLE FISH, LOST by Nancy van Laan
Released: April 1, 1998

"For preschoolers who may have more concern for Little Fish than he does for himself, there is a comforting, if partial, glimpse of his mother on each page. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Little Fish has gone missing in an African pond. Read full book review >

WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR? by Sally Grindley
Released: April 1, 1998

"1997, etc.) relies, this time, on sweetness over substance. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This series of truncated vignettes on friendship does not add up to a story. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1998

"Young ones will enjoy the superficially silly rhyme, but don't let them miss the nonsense of the original. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The host to a set of feathered and furry friends in his garden is supplanted by the female Lulu Crow in this retelling of Johnny Crow's Garden (1903), with full-color gouache paintings to replace the original droll pen-and-ink line drawings by Leslie Brooke. Read full book review >
PLAY ALL DAY by Julie Paschkis
Released: April 1, 1998

"So Sad, 1995) provides charming scenes of domesticity that often outpace the fantasy spreads. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Play All Day ($15.95; Apr.; 32 pp.; 0-316-69043-0): A bedtime book alternates vignettes of a boy at play with double- page, full-bleed spreads of his far more imaginative version of events. Read full book review >
JACK by Rebecca Elgar
Released: April 1, 1998

"Fun until the flaps wear off, which they may from the repeated work-outs this book is certain to enjoy. (Board book. 1-3)"
It's Jack the pup's birthday, and like any inquisitive youngster, he's trying to guess his presents' contents by their shapes. Read full book review >
THE PUDDLE by David McPhail
Released: March 20, 1998

"In watercolor illustrations that make plain how real the boy's imaginings are to him, McPhail nimbly weds the simple pleasure of being out in the rain with a light adventure. (Picture book. 2-5)"
From McPhail (Edward and the Pirates, 1997, etc.), a tale that demonstrates that rainy days provide lots of interesting possibilities, at least for the boy who lives in a world where alligators visit puddles, and elephants drain them dry. ``It was a rainy day. Read full book review >
Released: March 18, 1998

"Readers and listeners alike will find that the poetic text and molten illustrations glow, ember-like, long after the child of the book has been tucked in and the moon has murmured its good-night. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Savor the endpapers, which open with a van Goghlike night scene of muted, window-lit houses clustered around a shining lake. Read full book review >
BATH-TIME BOOTS by Satoshi Kitamura
Released: March 17, 1998

"With its companion, A Friend for Boots, this one joins Kitamura's other board books (Duck Is Dirty, Cat Is Sleepy, etc., 1996) in offering some very brief but jovial outings for toddlers. (Board books. 1-3)"
In general, cats hate baths, and Boots will do anything to avoid a scrubdown. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >