SUBWAY SPARROW by Leyla Torres
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Torres's realistic watercolors, though a little stiff, capture the milieu well enough; but her simple story is ingeniously constructed, nicely paced, and altogether disarming. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Torres's first picture book, also available in Spanish (ISBN: 0-374-82756-4), is a charming multicultural vignette. Read full book review >
THE BUTTERFLY BOY by Laurence Yep
FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Not easy or entirely successful but, still, a philosophic tale with worthy and venerable roots, certainly worthy of discussion. (Picture book. 5-9)"
"Drawn from the writings of Chuang Tzu [fourth century B.C.],...the Butterfly Philosopher," a tale that explicates the idea that wisdom may lie in an altogether fresh point of view. Read full book review >

BABA YAGA by Katya Arnold
adapted by Katya Arnold, illustrated by Katya Arnold
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Excellent source note. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-9)"
A Russian-born artist draws on the classic Afanas'ev ``Tereshichka'' (here called ``Tishka'') for a disarmingly direct and authentic introduction to the well-known witch. Read full book review >
BABUSHKA BABA YAGA by Patricia Polacco
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Still, even without a more original resolution: a warm, lively tale, neatly mixing new and old and illustrated with Polacco's usual energetic action, bright folk patterns, and affectionate characterizations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The premise is promising: Baba Yaga, yearning to have grandchildren like the babushkas she espies near her forest home, disguises herself as one of them (covering her tall, pointy ears) and joins the old women chatting in the square. Read full book review >
IN THE SMALL, SMALL POND by Denise Fleming
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Another perfect introduction to nature for the very young. (Picture book. 1-6)"
In the same format and gorgeous illustrative style, a companion to In the Tall, Tall Grass (1991, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor), with the succinct rhyming text (``waddle, wade, geese parade''), in bold black, beautifully integrated into art created in the process of making paper from pulp dyed in brilliant colors. Read full book review >

WILD WILD WEST by Constance Perenyi
NATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"A handsome, provocative introduction that should stimulate interest in and appreciation for nature. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
Eleven habitats—the Arctic tundra, the rain forest that harbors the spotted owl, a beaver pond, the Sonoran Desert, a Hawaiian coral reef, a city, etc.—each illustrated with a double-spread collage that effectively evokes the milieu in a simple graphic style; though the wildlife isn't rendered literally, Perenyi skillfully captures its essence. Read full book review >
FOX SONG by Joseph Bruchac
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

A storyteller known for retellings of Native American tales depicts a child who treasures and finds comfort in the many things her Abenaki great-grandmother taught her before her recent death. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF THE CRANBERRY by Ellin Greene
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"A handsome book; a fascinating echo of the past. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Greene's excellent concluding note links archeological finds—suggesting that Stone Age hunters actually did trap mastodons—with this Delaware Indian legend: ``Yah-qua-whee'' (mastodons) were created to help the People; they supplied meat, hides, and bones that could be used for tent frames, and served as beasts of burden. Read full book review >
A CRACK IN THE WALL by Mary Elizabeth Haggerty
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Overall, nice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mama says that once she finds a job they'll move to a better place; meanwhile, in their seedy interim apartment, there's a large crack that scares Carlos, particularly when it's lit up by cars at night. Read full book review >
AMELIA'S ROAD by Linda Jacobs Altman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"297) provides handsome acrylic paintings in a monumental, fresco-like style that emphasizes these characters' dignity and humanity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Amelia Martinez hates all roads; every time her father gets out the map, it means leaving new friends and a teacher who hasn't even learned her name. Read full book review >
THE AMAZING FELIX by Emily Arnold McCully
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

An old-fashioned tale of kids making their not-so-ordinary way among the rich and famous. Read full book review >
TOO MANY TAMALES by Gary Soto
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"This one should become a staple on the holiday menu. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
The whole family is coming for Christmas, so Maria and her parents are busy making tamales—Maria helps Mom knead the masa, and her father puts them in the pot to boil. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >