OH, CATS! by Nola Buck
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"It can't be easy to make so few words add up to so much fun, but Buck and Westcott have done it. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A book that is a pleasure to read once and again—Buck (Sid and Sam, p. 65, etc.) scores with this entry in the My First I Can Read Book series. Read full book review >
TOBY, WHERE ARE YOU? by William Steig
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"It's a charmer, for a younger audience than Steig's usual. (Picture book. 3-5)"
From early sunlit morning to candlelit evening, Toby's parents search for him throughout the house. Read full book review >

GENESIS by Ed Young
NONFICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"While not for those who want a literal illustration of Genesis, this beautiful book honors the Word and the story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young (Night Visitors, 1995, etc.), with his sure elegance, exceptional take on nuance and suggestion, and the palpable luxury of his colors, creates a compelling version of the Judeo-Christian creation story. 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 >
DAISY IS A MOMMY by Lisa Kopper
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Kopper catches the mother terrier's gestures perfectly—the cleaning tongue, the ambling feet, the moment of repose—to make the connection even more immediate. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Daisy is a bull terrier and new mother, running a parallel life with a human mom: Both roust their charges out of bed, feed and clean them, watch as the kids scatter things everywhere at playtime: ``Mommy cleans up her baby's mess. Read full book review >

BEAROBICS by Vic Parker
by Vic Parker, illustrated by Emily Bolam
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Frenetic and fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This counting book, its tribal rhythm pounding through its rhyming, typographic lines, is truly aerobics on the page. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT JOURNEY by Paul Dowling
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The only problem is that the text—Nicky's various where-are-we-goings and Dad's vague answers—is not half as interesting as the engineering. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Here's a clever book—using a combination of clear acetate windows and sliding panels, Dowling plays with the transformation of darkness into light. Read full book review >
DUCKS DISAPPEARING by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"1053, etc.) that, though not her strongest work, makes some nice points about paying attention and getting help when it's essential. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In the courtyard of the motel where Willie and his mother are staying, a mother duck and eleven ducklings are poking around. Read full book review >
CAT'S KITTENS by Paul Rogers
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"This is a series of moody moments rather than a story—more of a cautious outing than a hair-raising adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For seven nights, a stray cat mothers her new kittens, teaching them the ways of the city. Read full book review >
ANGELS IN THE DUST by Margot Theis Raven
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"An author's note fills in the historical facts, while Essley's full-bleed paintings beautifully capture the reality of a hard- but-hopeful life in a world gone to wind-blown grit. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Raven's first book for children explores life in the American Dust Bowl of the 1930s as ``Great-grandma Annie'' shares her memories of childhood. 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 >
PERFECT PANCAKES IF YOU PLEASE by William Wise
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Neither author nor illustrator neglects the happily-ever-after ending, in which Maximilian is shipped off to the moon, the king temporarily realizes his folly, and the princess gets her man. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A bejeweled caricature of a king, perfectly rotund and greedy, offers his daughter's hand in marriage to the suitor who can produce a stack of perfect pancakes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >