THE FIRST NIGHT by B.G. Hennessy
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"John 1:14). (Picture book. 2-7)"
Creating illustrations with paintings on butternut wood, its delicate grain providing texture and its artfully roughened edges a weathered, rustic look, the artists use jewel-bright blues and rich earth tones to depict the shepherds following the star and the baby they find in the stable. Read full book review >
LITTLE MO by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Rainbow scarf around her neck, Little Mo (a polar bear) steps hopefully onto the ice, only to bump down hard. Read full book review >

CLAP CLAP! by Mary Claire Helldorfer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Speidel's sunny impressionistic art, dancing with light, movement, and delight in the world's beauty, makes just the right complement to a lyrical text that will be welcome in many homes and church schools. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A joyous celebration of God's immanence in a little child's experience. ``Clap clap! Read full book review >
JOE JOE by Mary Serfozo
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

``Bang''; ``bong''; ``hop''; ``stop'': each word appears twice, in large type and also creatively integrated into a sequence of illustrations depicting a small boy exploring his yard and neighborhood, making noise by dragging a stick along a picket fence and by banging on garbage pails, then considering a stop sign, splashing and squishing through puddles, and finally bringing his muddy footprints home—where Mom greets his dawning awareness of the tracks he's just made with rueful indulgence. Read full book review >
IN THE SMALL, SMALL POND by Denise Fleming
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Another perfect introduction to nature for the very young. (Picture book. 1-6)"
In the same format and gorgeous illustrative style, a companion to In the Tall, Tall Grass (1991, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor), with the succinct rhyming text (``waddle, wade, geese parade''), in bold black, beautifully integrated into art created in the process of making paper from pulp dyed in brilliant colors. Read full book review >

BIG BLACK BEAR by Wong Herbert Yee
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Big little three-year-olds may not recognize themselves here as quickly as their parents do, but they'll love the funny, rhythmic verse and bold, collage-style illustrations—plus the deft visual transition from big and brash to appealingly small and meek. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Out of the woods he comes, to knock on a door and beg, ``Give me some FOOD and a Big Soft Chair!'' The little girl lets him in, only to discover that he's ``a BIG BAD BEAR with no MANNERS at all!'' Muddy footprints, an upended piano, and a shower of the jellybeans he's greedily munching are just the beginning: ``I'm a BIG BLACK BEAR, and I do as I please!'' Fortunately, a much bigger bear turns up to set things straight and exact an apology (``PLEASE excuse me. Read full book review >
TIME FOR BED by Mem Fox
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Jane Dyer
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Best are the shaggy, drowsy, contented ewe and her lamb; repeated on the jacket, they guarantee a constant audience for this appealing bedtime book. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A gentle litany of good nights, ostensibly from various animals to their young ("It's time for bed, little mouse, little mouse,/Darkness is falling all over the house") but mostly more apposite to their human counterparts ("It's time for bed, little calf, little calf,/What happened today that made you laugh?"), ending, inevitably, with a human mother tucking in a child. Read full book review >
ARNOLD ALWAYS ANSWERS by Deborah Kotter
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Attractive, thoughtfully crafted. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Taking an unusually creative approach to dramatizing antonyms, Kotter's debut book presents a preschooler's day through queries posed by his mother, from the first time she asks, ``Awake or asleep?'' and he hops out of bed until the second time, when he's too drowsy to hear her last whisper. Read full book review >
TWO LITTLE SHOES by Razvan
by Razvan, adapted by Deborah Stupple, illustrated by Razvan
FICTION
Released: Aug. 31, 1993

"An attractive debut. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A playful first book from a Romanian-born artist (now a Belgian citizen) who imagines the adventures a child's shoes might have while their owner sleeps. Read full book review >
CRINKLEROOT'S 25 BIRDS EVERY CHILD SHOULD KNOW by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 31, 1993

For the youngest, a fine concept book. Read full book review >
EVERYDAY HOUSE by Cynthia Rylant
FICTION
Released: Aug. 31, 1993

"A minor effort, but the subjects and attractive graphics are sure to appeal. (Picture book. 0-3)"
One of five board books, the Newbery winner's illustration debut (the others: Everyday Children, Garden, Pets, and Town). Read full book review >
WE HAVE A BABY by Cathryn Falwell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 15, 1993

"An inviting concept book that should find a warm welcome in many newly expanded families. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Flat, collage-like illustrations in textured, blanket-soft areas of color depict a toddler watching and helping his/her parents care for an infant, each activity captioned with the phrase ``A baby to...,'' and ending with a different verb: ``love''; ``touch''; ``wash''; ``hold''; ``feed'' (this one is breast-fed); etc. The father is shown caring for the baby as often as the mother; the family is generically dark, but not very dark, while the baby has blue eyes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >