NOTHING HERE BUT TREES by Jean Van Leeuwen
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Engaging, entertaining, unsentimental. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As an author's note explains, in the first half of the 19th century, settlers began to move into the land beyond Pennsylvania, into Ohio, and found a place of enormous, ancient trees. Read full book review >
MONSTER STEW by Mitra Modarressi
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The humor is amplified by details of Modarressi's fully saturated watercolors; in one of the finest scenes in the book, the giant makes furrows for Jack by dragging his large fingers through the soil. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A new slant on three familiar tales, featuring a cast of benevolent monsters. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Few readers will. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When 18 pumpkins go missing from Patsy Pig's Pleasant Valley Pumpkin Patch, it is up to detectives Miss Maple, Shamrock Homes, Sam Slade, and Chief Inspector Albert—a pig, a monkey, a raccoon, and a duck, respectively—to find the wayward squash, in this entertaining mystery from Tryon (Albert's Ballgame, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF BOO by J. Patrick Lewis
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"With scudding clouds, gauzy curtains, and dancing leaves blowing in the wind, shadowy phantom figures, and candle-lit bats, KrÇnina renders an eerie setting for those sheet-draped children venturing through the night. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A spooky Halloween poem, well-matched with dusky, windswept gouache illustrations illuminated by moonlight and pumpkin glow: "Boo Scoggins lived on Humpback Hill/Above the misty water mill./His house was lit by pumpkin-light;/His songs were sung by whippoorwill." Read full book review >
ROTTEN TEETH by Laura Simms
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Catrow's humorous illustrations detail the odd events and unusual inhabitants at Melissa's house and capture the chaos her project unleashes in the classroom. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Pint-sized and shy, Melissa Herman can't think of anything unusual or special about herself or her family. Read full book review >

CIRCLE DOGS by Kevin Henkes
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Henkes completes the goodnight tale with just the right amount of sounds for the sensory enjoyment of preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
PLB 0-688-15447-6 Shapes cavort in the form of circle dogs (long thin dachshunds that chase their tails, forming circles) that live in a big square house in this delightful book for the very young. Read full book review >
RODEO PUP by Lisa Rotenberg
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Rotenberg's paintings are vivacious, but the plot is suspect; it's a fairly roundabout way to advertise a website. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rodeo Pup is full of energy; on the way to school, he playfully charges his young owner and unravels her new fishnet stockings into yards of string! Read full book review >
OUR EARTH by Anne Rockwell
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The stylized drawings make geography accessible and relevant; pair this book with more straightforward treatments to avoid confusion, and expect plenty of discussion. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
Rockwell (One Bean, p. 501, etc.) joins simple lines of text and soft-colored, rudimentary drawings to convey some of the important concepts in geography. Read full book review >
JOE'S WISH by James Proimos
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Their wishes are granted in this astonishing blend of Mad-magazine illustration and sturdy, unshakable sentiment. (Picture book. 4-12)"
This first effort from Proimos delivers a surprise. Read full book review >
EMMA'S MAGIC WINTER by Jean Little
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 30, 1998

"Shyness, friendship, and little brothers are all encountered and adroitly dealt with, as the girls move from winter 'into a magic spring.' (Fiction. 5-8)"
Several complicated issues for children are nicely resolved in Little's book, her first for the I Can Read series. Read full book review >
PUMPKIN FIESTA by Caryn Yacowitz
FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 1998

"Champions of honesty and hard work will not be disappointed in Old Juana's clever outwitting of her bumbling neighbor, and her ultimate transformation of his roguery with a promise of mentoring. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Foolish Fernando joins the likes of Juan Bobo in a folktale-like formula starring a 19th-century story anti-hero who's always getting things wrong. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SCARECROW BOY by Margaret Wise Brown
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 30, 1998

"The deceptively simple story conveys a powerful and reassuring message. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Diaz softens his palette and simplifies his lines for a story from Brown, about growing up and steadfast parental love. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >