MY FIVE SENSES by Margaret Miller
SENSES
Released: May 16, 1994

"An excellent concept book. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Another intelligently crafted offering for the youngest from an exceptionally creative photographer. Read full book review >
HI! by Ann Herbert Scott
by Ann Herbert Scott, illustrated by Glo Coalson
FICTION
Released: May 12, 1994

"Coalson's soft, bright watercolor illustrations depict an appealingly doe-eyed tot and a realistically motley mixture of other folks at the P.O. Try this for the toddler group. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Standing in line at the post office, little Margarita greets each new patron with a cheery ``Hi!''; but when she gets nary a nod in return her assurance begins to diminish. Read full book review >

THIS IS THE FARMER by Nancy Tafuri
Released: May 1, 1994

"In the last spread, the cat gets a welcome squirt of milk direct from the cow while her kittens crowd around and the mouse hides safely in the hay: Simple as they appear, there's a lot to discover and discuss in these expansive, beautifully observed illustrations. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Just right for toddlers, an appealing book in which each action propels the next, from a farmer kissing his wife, who then pats the dog, to a cat, a mouse, geese, and a donkey "that kicks the fence/and opens the gate/the farmer walks through/to milk the cow!" Read full book review >
SLEEPY KITTENS by Jill Leman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Just right for a toddler's bedtime. (Picture book. 1-4)"
While a neatly phrased rhyme enumerates the places three differently colored kittens can be found napping (``Under Mommy's sewing,/All over Granny's hat,/Snuggling next to Fido,/Or across a cuddly lap''), boldly stylized illustrations depict them snoozing, ``but never in their special box,/They're always where they shouldn't be,/Even in my bed with me. Read full book review >
LISTEN TO THE DESERT/OYE AL DESIERTO by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: April 18, 1994

"An attractive book for introducing the desert- -and a second language—to young children. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A very simple text, with each line (``Listen to coyote call, ar-ar-aooo, ar-ar-aooo/El coyote canta, ah£££, ah£££, ah£££''; ``Listen to the wind spin, zoom, zoom, zoom...'') repeated twice in English plus twice in Spanish, becomes a rhythmic, lyrical bilingual chant suggesting the onomatopoeic powers of both tongues. Read full book review >

I'M THE BOSS! by Elizabeth Winthrop
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1994

"Delightful. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The subject is clout, and how it's acquired. ``Julia [of Asleep in a Heap, 1993] was not the boss of anything or anybody and she didn't like it.'' Her parents tell her what to eat; her big sister orders her to scram; even her toddler sib hollers when she feels imposed on. Read full book review >
SPLASH, SPLASH by Jeff Sheppard
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A merry, deftly crafted book, perfect for toddler group or lap-sitter. (Picture book. 1-5)"
``A bee fell in the water,/he went buzz, splash, buzz./When a bee falls in the water,/That's what a bee does'': Jaunty verse that preschoolers will be chanting after a hearing or two is paired with stylized illustrations of animals with wide button eyes in crisp, clean collages of subtly textured paper. Read full book review >
LITTLE PINK PIG by Pat Hutchins
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Just right. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Each time Little Pink Pig's mother calls him, he's too busy (in a barrel of apples, knocking over a milk can, etc.) to hear; each time she and the growing band of animals that she asks to help give up and move on, he calls ``Wait for me!'' and they don't hear him. Read full book review >
HIGGLE WIGGLE by Eve Merriam
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Nifty. (Poetry. 2-6)"
``Happy'' is the right word for these 25 deftly constructed poems about childhood pleasures: sounds, making faces (``How to Be Angry'': ``Scrunch your eyebrows/up to your hair,/pull on your chin/and glare glare glare...''), animals, weather, food, riddles, counting, day's end. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT! by Claire Masurel
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1994

"Simple, repetitive, and reassuring; a perfect bedtime book. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The little girl is about to tuck herself in when she notices the ``everyone'' else is missing. Read full book review >
LOOK OUT, BIRD! by Marilyn Janovitz
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A good choice for toddlers, who will enjoy chiming in on the inevitable rereadings. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A simple circular story: ``Snail slipped/and hit bird./Bird flew/and frightened frog,'' and so on, with each spread depicting the new encounter in a boxed scene at the left and its result in a series of images of each dislodged creature making its way off the page to the right. Read full book review >
STEP BY STEP by Diane Wolkstein
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Long a favorite in Wolkstein's storytelling repertoire, a spare, well- honed tale in an appealing setting that will make it a winner with the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Right from the title page, where the little ant sits on a chair backed with mapleseeds to don four red sneakers, children will gleefully enter Smith's world of enormous-looking grasses and leaves as seen from an insect's point of view. ``Step by step'' she travels from home, over stones and under branches, to meet her friend, a grasshopper. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >