THE KNOW-NOTHINGS by Michele Sobel Spirn
Released: May 30, 1995

"Steer chuckling readers to the kindred stories in Alvin Schwartz's All of Our Noses Are Here (1985) or to Joanna and Philip Cole's Big Goof and Little Goof (1989). (Picture book. 5-7)"
The Stupids have nothing on housemates Boris, Morris, Doris, and Norris, an affectionate quartet as long on silly ideas as they are short of attention spans. Read full book review >
SAND IN MY SHOES by Wendy Kesselman
Released: May 22, 1995

"EWSLUGp1991 makes a splendid exercise in comparison and contrast: similar settings, varied illustrative media, different literary forms, same intense evocation of a child's affinity for the seashore. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
A rhyming story about the pangs of leaving the beach house at summer's end. Read full book review >

Released: May 15, 1995

"A minor understanding of astrophysics is required, but for readers in the know, the book pays back in spades. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Goldie's toaster may look like a cross between an Electrolux and a bull terrier, but there's a whole lot more than heat in those coils. Read full book review >
ALBERT'S NAP by Michael Grejniec
Released: May 15, 1995

"Neither character inspires any sympathy, and it's not always clear just who is uttering the lines of minimalist text; if that ambiguity is intended, it's likely to confuse the book's audience. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Short on savvy, long on oafishness, this ode to frustration is as balky as the theme. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 1995

"A stunningly elegant book. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
In a Chinese folktale about a malcontent stonecutter are echoes of Mordecai Gerstein's The Mountains of Tibet (1987). Read full book review >

TWO COOL COWS by Toby Speed
Released: May 11, 1995

"Accompanied by Root's lissome paintings, Speed reinvents words and manufactures frenzied couplets to introduce readers to a place where a predictably good time will be had by all. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Two hip, sunglass-wearing Holsteins borrow some ``new black button-back boots'' and head for a party on the moon. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 1995

"Have another biscuit. (Picture books. 2-7)"
Most illustrators outfitting animals and placing them in human situations strive for the naturalistic, but not Wegman. Read full book review >
MENDEL'S LADDER by Mark Karlins
Released: May 1, 1995

"Despite the folklore echoes, the attenuated story ultimately overwhelms the pictures and few will be able to hang in for that inevitable happy ending. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Though it often reads with the warm familiarity of a tale by a yarn-spinning grandparent, this overlong picture book by the author of Salmon Moon (not reviewed) fails to connect. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"There is a need for concept books for babies, but this does not meet the high standards set by Tana Hoban (Spirals, Curves, Fanshapes and Lines, 1992, etc.) and others. (Nonfiction. 3-7)"
The generous use of bright full-color photos of fuzzy ducklings, kittens, and flowers in this concept book will appeal to babies, but the fussy layout, vocabulary, and concepts are not very accessible to the young. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"Nickelodeon,'' this volume will appeal to those who appreciate the anything-can-happen environment of Miss Nelson's classroom or the Magic School Bus. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
Fewer selections (32 vs. 38), shorter verses, full-color illustrations, and an absence of the serious poems of If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand (1990) gear Dakos's collection to a younger audience than her earlier work. Read full book review >
ON THE TRAIL WITH MISS PACE by Sharon Phillips Denslow
Released: May 1, 1995

"Happy trails. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Miss Pace, elementary school teacher, cools her heels at a dude ranch over summer vacation. Read full book review >
THERE ONCE WAS A PUFFIN by Florence Page Jaques
Released: May 1, 1995

"The Owl and the Pussy-Cat'' is sure to like this one, too. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An affectionately illustrated version of the old poem about the lonely puffin who befriended his erstwhile prey, the fishes, so he could have them ``for playmates/Instead of for tea'' and learned to eat pancakes instead ``Like you and like me.'' Cheerful full- bleed artwork in Easter egg colors on heavy stock makes this sturdy little book a happy find for toddlers and preschoolers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >