ONCE UPON A TIME THIS MORNING by Anne Rockwell
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Simplistic and benign. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Each of these once-upon-a-time tales takes one of two tacks: mild moralizing or wish fulfillment. Read full book review >
I LOVE MY BUSY BOOK by Cyndy Szekeres
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Populated by wide-eyed, perennially cheerful animals, this book is no substitute for the wide range of titles (by Anne Rockwell, Byron Barton, and others) that turn concepts for preschoolers into high art. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This compendium of toddler basics—the alphabet, shapes, colors, rhymes, alliteration, emotions, manners, opposites, the body, dressing up, and numbers—is more of a product than a book. Read full book review >

MY DINOSAUR by Mark Alan Weatherby
DINOSAURS
Released: March 1, 1997

A little girl peers from her window in the night, waiting for her dinosaur to appear. Read full book review >
BUILDING A HOUSE WITH MR. BUMBLE by John Wallace
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"A second book, Dressing Up With Mr. Bumble (ISBN: 0-7636-0075-X), makes the same amiable game of costume choices. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Mr. Bumble is an egg-shaped bee whose black sweater over his yellow body accounts for his stripes (he lacks the most off-putting aspect of a bee—the stinger). Read full book review >
CORDUROY'S BIRTHDAY by B.G. Hennessy
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Call it a lift- the-flap, call it a birthday book, but don't call it Don Freeman's Corduroy (1968). (Picture book. 2-6)"
It's Corduroy's big day, and although he is pushing 30, he doesn't look a day over 5; in the years since his first appearance he has learned how to keep both straps of his overalls buttoned. Read full book review >

THE HOKEY POKEY by Larry La Prise
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Most children will want to dance, not read, but they will come away with a firm grasp of right and left. (Picture book. 2-6)"
While the Sun Valley Trio, the tune's originators, may no longer be household words, the Hokey Pokey has become a sort of goofy party classic that, since it was introduced in the 1950s, young and old can step to. Read full book review >
THE HUNGRY MONSTER by Phyllis Root
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1997

"Root (Mrs. Potter's Pig, 1996, etc.) uses very few words to tell this silly story that includes a dash of suspense; it's a just-right read-aloud for board-book graduates. (Picture book. 2-4)"
When a rocket descends to Earth, out steps a very hungry monster in search of something fit to eat. Read full book review >
CAT AMONG THE CABBAGES by Alison  Bartlett
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"With a persistent momentum and punctuated by flaps that add mystery and drama, this is robust preschooler fare; the yarn-bright explosions of color in the illustrations only add to the frolic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This fold-out book—from the illustrator of Vivian French's Oliver's Vegetables (1995)—is notable for a number of reasons, not the least for its gorgeous, color-drenched illustrations. Read full book review >
THE BIG LITTLE OTTER by Lillian Hoban
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"Hoban is perfectly in tune with the yearnings of preschoolers. (Board book. 1-3)"
Hoban (Arthur's Camp-Out, 1993, etc.) has created a honey of a board book (as well as its companion, Big Little Lion, ISBN 0- 694-00851-6) that addresses the timeworn complaint of youngsters who believe they aren't being treated like the big kids they wish they were. Read full book review >
GOLDILOCKS by Janice Russell
adapted by Janice Russell, illustrated by Janice Russell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A good, simple edition. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An unembellished retelling of the enduring tale. Read full book review >
BOOM, BABY, BOOM, BOOM! by Margaret Mahy
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"One yummy book. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Wonderful whimsy and delicious silliness in this read-aloud from Mahy (The Five Sisters, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
NIGHT HOUSE, BRIGHT HOUSE by Monica Wellington
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"To rave about typefaces and graphically tidy borders would detract from the original and compelling content. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a cavalcade of interior scenes and columns of precise rhymes, Wellington (Night Rabbits, 1995, etc.) once again finds that the wee hours are not so quiet for scampering nocturnal animals. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >