EVERYTHING HAS A PLACE by Patricia Lillie
Released: April 15, 1993

"The concept isn't developed with much logic, but Tafuri's graphic style has its usual appeal; the book might find good interactive use as toddlers explore where else these things might appropriately be. (Picture book. 0-4)"
Tafuri's illustrations for 11 phrases—"a dish in a cupboard," "a cat in a chair," "a baby on a lap," etc.- -command attention with their dynamic compositions and jewel- bright colors, but the title's premise seems more like a point of departure for discussion than a statement of where these things belong. Read full book review >
JACK THE GIANT CHASER by Kenn Compton
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 15, 1993

"Fun to share; older children may enjoy comparing this with Chase's longer tale and discussing the reasons for the changes. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Lifting the last episode of ``Jack and the Giants' Newground'' from Chase's Jack Tales (1943), the Comptons lead into Jack's exploits with a motif from the Grimms' ``Brave Little Tailor.'' Jack has hit seven catfish with a rock, but boasts that he's ``killed me seven with one blow!'' When his impressed neighbors send him off to deal with a troublesome (but gullible) giant, clever Jack's a match for him: challenged to haul the giant's bucket of water, he threatens to move the whole creek; in a knife-throwing contest, he claims he'll hurl the giant's knife over the mountain to his uncle, or not at all. Read full book review >

IT BEGINS WITH AN A by Stephanie Calmenson
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 12, 1993

"A is for apple'' alphabet. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A rhyming alphabet/guessing-game. Read full book review >
HERE IS THE ARCTIC WINTER by Madeleine Dunphy
NONFICTION
Released: April 12, 1993

"Despite the title, readers will have to turn elsewhere for hard information on the Arctic; still, well worth having for the beauty of the pictures. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The first painting sets the scene for this dramatic depiction of Arctic wildlife—a vast expanse of barren rock and wind-scoured snow under an immense sky rimmed with stars. Read full book review >
TWELVE WAYS TO GET TO ELEVEN by Eve Merriam
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: April 7, 1993

"An attractive book that invites the logical investigation of more concepts than most counting books. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From the late poet, a whimsical exploration of enumeration. Read full book review >

SHY VI by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
ANIMALS
Released: April 7, 1993

"A good additional purchase. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Violet, a quiet mouse among eight lively sibs, is too shy to raise her voice or to complain when her brother stands on her tail or her sister snores in her ear. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEACOCKS by Linda Merrill
FICTION
Released: April 5, 1993

"Still, a remarkable true story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When James McNeill Whistler finds his portrait of a princess in ``dismal surroundings'' in Frederick Leyland's dining room, Leyland agrees to let him redecorate—if he doesn't touch the costly leather wall covering. Read full book review >
ISABELLA'S BED by Alison Lester
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1993

When they visit Grandmother, the children sleep in ``Isabella's'' handsome bed and explore the trunk of South American treasures at its foot. Read full book review >
J.B.'S HARMONICA by John Sebastian
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Perhaps best for readers not quite ready for chapter books. (Picture book. 4-8)"
James Bear has always wanted a harmonica, but when he gets one, and practice yields results, people compliment him with comparisons to Dad—an accomplished concert player. Read full book review >
YO, HUNGRY WOLF! by David Vozar
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Irresistible for reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Three well-known tales featuring the big bad wolf, retold in witty, rhythmic rap and cleverly linked. ``He blows at his foes till his lungs feel all tattered./The pigs feel exposed `cause their house has been scattered''—but though the wolf's ``got a plan/For house infiltratin','' he's a natty dresser who boggles at the soot in the chimney and sets out for ``Little Red's'' Grandma's in hopes of an easier meal. Read full book review >
KIPPER'S BIRTHDAY by Mick Inkpen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Inkpen's clean, affectionately comical style. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Last seen in an imaginative counting book (Kipper's Toybox, 1992), the appealingly flop-eared little dog is back with a satisfying variation on the old birthday-party-confusion theme. Read full book review >
STELLALUNA by Janell Cannon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Delightful and informative but never didactic: a splendid debut. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Attacked by an owl, Stellaluna (a fruit bat) is separated from her mother and taken in by a bird and her nestlings. 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 >