HEAT WAVE by Helen Ketteman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Goto's eye-popping, thermometer-busting illustrations are perfectly matched to the story's exaggerated dimensions; weird angles and brash colors give the fields and farm a parched look ideal for the antics in the foreground—even though those antics are too familiar. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Ketteman (Bubba, the Cowboy Prince, p. 1646, etc.) repeats herself in this pack of lies fashioned into a Kansas-style tall tale. Read full book review >
POSSUM AND THE PEEPER by Anne Hunter
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Alternating between close-ups and sun-filled landscapes, the scenes capture the essence of spring and complement the well-paced, gently humorous text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Possum (Possum's Harvest Moon, 1996), curled in his warm winter nest, reluctantly opens one small eye to the "Peep! Read full book review >

WATCH US PLAY by Miela Ford
by Miela Ford, photographed by Miela Ford
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The expressive full-color photographs are framed with a generous white border, making approachable for preschoolers this realm of tawny gold cubs. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Watch Us Play ($15.00; PLB $14.93; Mar. 1998; 24 pp.; 0-688-15606-1; PLB 0-688-15607-X): Two cuddly lion cubs take center stage in this charming work from Ford (Sunflower, 1995, etc.), who repeatedly selects just the right shot to advance the story. Read full book review >
THE GIANT CARROT by Jan Peck
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1998

"A recipe for carrot pudding tops off this frolicsome adaptation of an old tale. (Picture book. 3-8)"
``It grew and it grew and it grew'' is a familiar chant among readers who know the classic Russian folktale of the giant turnip. Read full book review >
WOMEN OF THE BIBLE by Carole Armstrong
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1998

"The book will entice both students of religion and of art history to further study, yet it stands so sturdily on its own as a satisfying survey that it's difficult to conceive of the forum in which it would not be welcome. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Armstrong (Lives and Legends of the Saints, 1995, etc.) continues her felicitous union of celebrated paintings with stories from the religious tradition, this time relating the achievements of a series of women in brief, biographical sketches and presenting their portraits by medieval, Renaissance, or 17-century artists from Cranach to Rogier van der Weyden. Read full book review >

TIO ARMANDO by Florence Parry Heide
Released: March 1, 1998

"Grifalconi's gentle watercolors group people together in intimate moments and in larger groups that convey familial bonds. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A graceful chronicle of the last year in a beloved great-uncle's life, relayed month by month in the first-person narration of a Mexican-American girl. Read full book review >
RAPUNZEL by David Vozar
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The rhyme is bouncy with a solid beat; Lewin's expressive black lines and wild doggy outfits are a good match for the words. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The team behind Yo, Hungry Wolf! (1993) brings forth a rap retelling of Rapunzel. Read full book review >
ORCHARD'S LITTLE BLUE BOOK OF NURSERY RHYMES by Nila Aye
POETRY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Most preschoolers will be delighted, especially when they learn that the saga of Old Mother Hubbard and her dog staggers on through 14 verses. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Fans of the graphic styles of J.otto Siebold, Richard McGuire, and Dan Yaccarino will adore Aye's illustrative renderings in this inventive collection of nursery rhymes. Read full book review >
INSECTLOPEDIA by Douglas Florian
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The watercolor illustrations, abstract and stylized, achieve a comic effect by incorporating collage elements reminiscent of an entomolgist's field notes. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The creator of In the Swim (1997) joins Paul Fleischman (in Joyful Noise, 1987) in poetically praising insects. Read full book review >
WAKE UP AND GOODNIGHT by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"A pleasing edition: The book's rotations mimic those of day and night in a way that toddlers will comprehend. (Picture book. 1-6)"
In another recycling of Zolotow's past works (see review, above), this new version of a 1971 title that was illustrated by Leonard Weisgard takes a circular approach. Read full book review >
DO YOU KNOW NEW? by Jean Marzollo
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"Despite these flaws, the book is fun to read aloud, and the illustrations are welcoming in their rounded simplicity and comforting pastel colors. (Board book. 1-3)"
Do You Know New? Read full book review >
DAY LIGHT, NIGHT LIGHT by Franklyn M. Branley
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"A snug atmosphere and palette are reminiscent of some scenes in Schuett's own Somewhere in the World Right Now (1996, not reviewed). (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
For this Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science entry, originally published in 1975, Schuett brings an artistic spirit to Branley's facts about the origins of light: A child perched in a treehouse discovers light from a luminous jar of fireflies; candles on a birthday cake illustrate the concept of light coming from sources that are hot. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >