JUST DUCKY by Kathy Mallat
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A charmer. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Ducky searches high and low for a friend who can play, but discovers that the best friend he can have is literally right under his nose. Read full book review >
THE WRIGGLY, WRIGGLY BABY by Jessica Clerk
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Ink and acrylic illustrations accompany this fanciful story; the rosy-cheeked youngster and expressive animals will make it a favorite and the bouncy rhythm is sure to have readers wriggling with pleasure. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A wriggly baby manages to wriggle right past his parents and into the middle of an exciting rhyming adventure. Read full book review >

PLATYPUS AND THE LUCKY DAY by Chris Riddell
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Keep on smiling. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A lucky day proves to be just so, but not before a series of mishaps casts a long shadow across Platypus's expectations. Read full book review >
MY BIG BROTHER by Valorie Fisher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2002

"A follow-up for big sisters would be a fine idea. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Written from the point of view of a baby brother, and ostensibly intended for the younger sibling, this paean to older brothers will comfort first-borns who may have trouble adjusting to a new baby, showing them just how much they mean to their newest family members. Read full book review >
MY FIRST DAY AT NURSERY SCHOOL by Becky Edwards
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2002

"A welcome follow-up to Edwards's My Brother Sammy (an award-winner in Britain) and a noteworthy debut for Flintoft. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A worried little girl faces her first day at nursery school with a frown. Read full book review >

FROGGIE WENT-A-COURTIN’ by Iza Trapani
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: July 1, 2002

"This is a highly enjoyable composite of visually pleasing illustrations and light, catchy text. (Picture book. 2-7)"
In this endearing adaptation of a traditional Scottish folk song, Froggie searches the small animal kingdom for his wife. Read full book review >
BORED! BORED! BORED! by Jill Newton
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Newton's dry humor will appeal to parents and teachers eager to teach a lesson and squelch a familiar lament; young readers will soak it up like a sponge. (Picture book. 2-6)"
British author/illustrator Newton (Where Are My Chicks, 2002, etc.) makes a splash in this tale about fitting in without fitting the mold. Read full book review >
SHARK IN THE PARK! by Nick Sharratt
ANIMALS
Released: June 11, 2002

"And although the premise is tried and true, Sharratt's design is fresh and fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Cartoon-bright colors saturate lively spreads in Sharratt's (Eat Your Peas, 2000, etc.) clever offering. Read full book review >
FARMER DOOGIE by Peter Curry
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2002

Farmer Doogie is a good and handy—and busy soul. Read full book review >
HELLO, HELLO! by Miriam Schlein
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2002

"Informative, with play-along potential. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Whether it is by bumping foreheads, twining trunks, rubbing noses, or simply waving, everyone and everything says hello in different ways. Read full book review >
OLIVIA COUNTS by Ian Falconer
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: June 1, 2002

"This simple but satisfying work can serve as an introduction for younger preschoolers to the two longer Olivia stories, and Olivia's adoring fans of all ages will give three cheers for any new Olivia tale, long or short. (Board book. 2-4)"
You can count on Falconer (Olivia's Opposites, below, etc.) to keep adding droll, imaginative appearances for his precocious porcine protagonist, the inimitable Olivia. Read full book review >
OLIVIA’S OPPOSITES by Ian Falconer
NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 2002

"Quite the opposite. (Board book. 2-4)"
She's up; she's down. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >