MISS MALARKEY WON'T BE IN TODAY by Judy Finchler
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"O'Malley's artwork, filled with humor and strong on facial expressions, conveys all the anxiety a teacher can muster as she speculates about her absence and its consequences. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A worthy sequel to Finchler and O'Malley's Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10 (1995). Read full book review >
WHEN PIGASSO MET MOOTISSE by Nina Laden
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Laden further lightens the story with goofy wordplay—moosterpiece, pork of art—that adds little when the quality of the artwork and the book's detonation of color are already such pleasures. (Picture book. 4-10)"
During their youthful art wars in Paris, Picasso and Matisse had a brief falling out after a competitive spat. Read full book review >

CAT AND MOUSE IN THE NIGHT by Tomek Bogacki
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"This book is a good first step in taking the gloom out of night. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Bogacki (Cat and Mouse in the Night, 1997, etc.) continues the adventures of cats and mice, here taking on the specter of the night. Read full book review >
I HEARD A LITTLE BAA by Elizabeth MacLeod
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Phillip's cheerful, brightly colored illustrations and their crayon-like outlines add considerable humor to the text. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Using rhythm, rhyme, animal noises, and gatefold pages for the guessing-game element of surprise, this book should be an instant hit with the very young. Read full book review >
THE GREATEST TREASURE by Demi
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The message has immediacy, even if Demi's retelling lacks flair; the stylized artwork, too, is static even at the tale's triumphant end. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
This wise old tale from China speaks of the ill winds that may accompany great wealth. Read full book review >

THE LOST AND FOUND by Mark  Teague
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The illustrations offer plenty to pore over, and will sustain Teague's fans until his next work rolls out. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A wobbly offering from Teague (Baby Tamer, 1997, etc.), in which Wendell and Floyd, who missed their math test when a giant squid trapped them in the restroom, are waiting to see the principal when a new girl, Mona, approaches the lost and found box in search of her lucky hat. Read full book review >
WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU SHUT YOUR EYES? by Cynthia Zarin
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Durham's appealing, childlike illustrations, bold colors, friendly characters, and clever use of the page add just the right touch to a delightful verse that is not only fun to read aloud to groups of children, but a fitting bedtime story, as well. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The imagination runs wild in this second adorable book from Zarin and Durham (Rose and Sebastian, 1997), who celebrate creative minds and individuality. Read full book review >
TURNOVER TUESDAY by Phyllis Root
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Craig's drawings give this companion to One Windy Wednesday (1996, not reviewed) a real boost, although she turns the adultish Bonnie Bumble (who bakes) of the text into a child-age character, capable of those flips. (Picture book. 3-6)"
paper 0-7636-0445-0 Five plum tarts baked for breakfast make Bonnie Bumble turn over—literally! Read full book review >
BARN CAT by Carol P. Saul
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Azarian's friendly woodcuts, hand-colored in country-fresh hues, give a novel meaning to summer on the farm. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This appealing look at garden, meadow, and farmyard creatures, as seen through the eyes of a curious barn cat, gives the tried-and-true preschool favorites—animals and counting—a fresh new landscape. Read full book review >
THE ALWAYS MOON by Judith Pierson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A design element dresses up the lower corner of each spread, adding to the sense of balance that both story and illustrations convey. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In a pleasant, calming book for sharing at bedtime, Pierson celebrates the constancy of the moon in pure and pretty images: it "mirrors" its own picture in the waters; "shares its beams" on "rocky, rugged mountains"; and spreads a "nighttime light wide over the world." Read full book review >
TOP CAT by Lois Ehlert
by Lois Ehlert, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The rollicking prose demands swift turns of the page, but the pages themselves offer plenty to linger over. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An irresistible offering from Ehlert (Hands, 1997, etc.) that portrays a cat who is king of the hill, in glorious collage illustrations. Read full book review >
DOM DELUISE'S THE NIGHTINGALE by Dom DeLuise
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Following the story and amiable art, recipes and a song score close the book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
DeLuise's ode to freedom, a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, has on its side good intentions and little else. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >