CALEB'S FRIEND by Eric Jon Nones
Released: June 16, 1993

"Handsomely wrought, but a bit ponderous with significance. (Picture book. 5-10)"
When Caleb drops his beloved harmonica overboard, it's returned by a pale, lank-haired, monochromatic boy—a sea creature whose elegant fish tail can be seen when he turns a joyous somersault, and who reappears when Caleb plays the harmonica again. Read full book review >
STORY OF A DOLPHIN by Katherine Orr
Released: June 11, 1993

"A charming account, illustrated with stylized, decorative paintings that beautifully evoke the luminous colors of the Caribbean and the joy of this unusual friendship. (Picture book/Young reader. 5-9)"
Based on actual events, an appealing story about a dolphin and the owner of a ``dive boat.'' Laura tells how her father earns a friendly dolphin's trust by waiting for him to make first contact. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1993

"An unusually intelligent, well-designed presentation of a perennially fascinating topic. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-9)"
Pointing out that ``Power machines do what we do, but on a much bigger scale,'' Robbins uses his technique of judicious hand-tinting to clarify b&w photos of 13 ``awesome'' contrivances, each headed with a pair of vivid verbs (``Scoop and Dump''—payloader; ``Smash and Crack''—jackhammer; ``Hum and Spin''—steam-turbine generator) and a brief, lucid description (in using a tree spade, ``The plug of earth goes back in the hole where the tree originally was, and the landscape is hardly disturbed at all''). Read full book review >
DINOSAURS by Claude Delafosse
Released: June 1, 1993

"Also new in the same innovative format: Castles (ISBN: 0-590-46377-2). (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-9)"
A sturdy, spiral-bound ``First Discovery'' book (first published in France) that makes ingenious use of an intriguing gimmick—transparent plastic pages that flip to transform images and add text on opaque spreads: a giant brachiosaurus, seen from the front and compared to a turkey-sized contemporary cousin becomes the same giant from the rear, contrasted with a herd of elephants; a painting of a pterodactyl lifts to reveal its fossilized remains; a huge foot conceals its fossilized track, large enough for a wading pool where a toddler can ``go for a dip''; or scattered bones are assembled with the turn of another page. Read full book review >
HANDSIGNS by Kathleen Fain
Released: June 1, 1993

"Not as imaginative as Laura Rankin's The Handmade Alphabet (1991), but a useful addition to a small field and a fine illustration debut for Fain. (Picture book. 3-9)"
To introduce American Sign, ``the fourth most-used language in the United States,'' a simple alphabet, from anteater to zebra, in a generous square format that nicely accommodates appealing, handsomely designed color portraits of the animals- -quietly escaping their boundaries into the surrounding white space—plus, on each page, the appropriate letter (cap and l.c.) and a clear depiction of its handsign. Read full book review >

THE ALLEY CAT by Brian J. Heinz
Released: June 1, 1993

"Big Red'' and his feral pals. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Christiana, the gifted author-illustrator of Drawer in a Drawer (1990), does his best, but it's still not quite enough to retrieve this doggerel account of a cat scrapping with another tom to win a chop flung out by the butcher's wife (``A monstrous woman thick of brow/With shoulders broader than a cow,/She squints through cold, unfeeling eyes./Her thick hands heave the tasty prize...'') and then, quite unrealistically, taking it home to his mate and little ones. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

A warmhearted Akan pourquoi tale that explains why people come in so many different colors: When the first man and woman become lonely, they make children out of clay. Read full book review >
MOMMY LAID AN EGG! by Babette Cole
Released: June 1, 1993

"For those who choose to share these specifics with young children, a notably fresh, matter-of-fact approach. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The full facts about human reproduction, ingeniously set in a story about parents who are offering their son and daughter some whimsical explanations—``You were delivered by a dinosaur'' or ``Sometimes you just find them under stones''—while the humor of these possibilities is dramatized in Cole's vibrant, cartoony illustrations. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"Unusually appealing. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This monster-in-a-closet is a daytime fear: William's grizzly invades his imagination when he spies something dark behind the door in the big, shadowy hall. Read full book review >
SING, LITTLE SACK! by Nina Jaffe
Released: June 1, 1993

"Cruz's realistic illustrations are attractive, though a few of his faces verge on caricature. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
On Level 3 of the ``Bank Street Ready-to-Read'' series, a prosaic reshaping of Pura BelprÇ's ``The Earring'' (The Tiger and the Rabbit, 1965), about a girl who, after taking off her earrings to play by the shore, is caught in a sack by an imp-like man who then earns money in the marketplace with his ``magical singing sack''; she's rescued when her song is recognized. Read full book review >
STELLA AND ROY by Ashley  Wolff
Released: June 1, 1993

"These outgoing, self-assured kids are beautifully observed; depicted in definitive black with joyfully bright added colors, their excursion makes a cheerful, attractive book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Aesop's ``The Hare and the Tortoise'' is reenacted by two preschoolers racing ``around the lake,'' in what could be a San Francisco park, to a popcorn stand. Read full book review >
FISH FACES by Norbert Wu
by Norbert Wu, photographed by Norbert Wu
Released: June 1, 1993

"Remarkably handsome. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-9)"
Celebrating the enormous and colorful variety of ocean life, a marine biologist and underwater photographer groups his splendid color photos by characteristics he points out in a concise text with a verse-like cadence: ``Fish that glide on fins like wings...Spotted fish, dotted fish/Fish with lines and stripes and waves...Red eyes/Green eyes/Great big pretend eyes....'' With snapshot-sized insets superimposed on creatively varied vistas featuring additional specimens and the lush blue or green of the sea itself as an out-of-focus background, his compositions are as interesting for their design as for the fascinating comparisons they present. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >