AUNT ISABEL MAKES TROUBLE by Kate Duke
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Mice and princesses are a tried-and-true winning combination, and readers of the first book as well as fans of Angelina Ballerina will not be disappointed. (Picture book. 4-7)"
From the creator of endearing guinea pigs comes the second sweet book about mice heroines and cockroach villains. Read full book review >
WHAT'S SO TERRIBLE ABOUT SWALLOWING AN APPLE SEED? by Harriet Lerner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"For a sharper observance of truth and consequences, there's the Caldecott-winning classic by Evaline Ness, Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine. (Picture book. 4-8)"
O'Neill's sunny illustrations abet Lerner and Goldhor's first children's book but can't hoist it aloft. Read full book review >

THE ROOSTER'S GIFT by Pam Conrad
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

From just out of the egg, Rooster is imbued with a sense of destiny. Read full book review >
TELL ME AGAIN ABOUT THE NIGHT I WAS BORN by Jamie Lee Curtis
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"In those scenes and others, Cornell's quirky watercolors enhance the book's tone and expand on its humor, effectively alternating between highly comic scenes and quieter, more loving ones. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Everyone—including adoptive parents and children longing for validation of their unique experiences—will embrace this pitch- perfect celebration of true family values. ``Tell me again'' is the endearing catchphrase a young girl employs to get her parents to recount the creation of their family: the late-night phone call (``Tell me again how you screamed''), a plane ride (``and how there was no movie, only peanuts''), the trip to the hospital (``you both got very quiet and felt very small''), love at first sight in the nursery (``you couldn't believe something so small could make you smile so big''). ``Tell me again about the first time you held me in your arms and called me your baby sweet. Read full book review >
GOING HOME by Eve Bunting
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by David Diaz
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"An affectionate, but not exceptional offering. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From the Caldecott Medal—winning team behind Smoky Night (1994), the story of a migrant family returning to Mexico for the Christmas holidays. Read full book review >

DMITRI THE ASTRONAUT by Jon Agee
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"A charmer. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Agee (The Return of Freddy LeGrand, 1992, etc.) scores again with this utterly engaging tale of interplanetary friendship. Read full book review >
CHUBBO'S POOL by Betsy  Lewin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 1996

"Lewin (Walk A Green Path, 1995, etc.) concludes with a picture glossary of the animals in the story, giving the common and scientific name for each, and mentions her real-life inspiration. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Chubbo, a selfish little hippo, doesn't want to share the pool of water he finds on the hottest day. Read full book review >
BROTHER WOLF by Harriet Peck Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 19, 1996

"Anyone who has camped in raccoon country knows the accuracy of the critter's depiction as a prankster; details in the text, such as Raccoon's rolling on his back, show Taylor's knowledge of the animal kingdom and bring honesty to the tale. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
The rippling hues of batik lend color and clarity to a child-friendly adaptation from Seneca folklore. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF HILDA LOUISE by Olivier Dunrea
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 17, 1996

"Like Madeline-through-the-looking-glass, the scenes are precise and magical at the same time. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Her parents having ``disappeared in the Swiss Alps,'' Hilda Louise lives with the other 109 residents of the affectionately named ``Chez Mez Petits Choux orphanage at 97, rue Saint-Julien-le- Pauvre, Paris.'' Through no particular longing or design of her own, Hilda Louise develops a ``newfound talent''—floating. Read full book review >
FENWICK'S SUIT by David Small
FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 1996

"Actually, it looks like fun. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A punny cautionary tale about a nondescript office drone who mistakenly believes that the clothes make the man. Read full book review >
WAKE UP, SANTA CLAUS! by Marcus Pfister
FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 1996

"This is best served to Pfister's many fans, who won't see the framed picture of Rainbow Fish on the wall as a not-so-subtle piece of cross-promotion. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wake Up, Santa Claus! Read full book review >
RAMADAN by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

"That's not true of Rayyan's artwork, which is replete with images of the sacred and the profane; it's an eyeful of Islamic motifs, from delicate filigree to miniature panels to a well-lighted mosque that appears to be carved out of the dark. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-10)"
Ghazi, while never stating forthrightly that Allah is the same God Christians and Jews worship, explains Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, with pedantry as the guiding force. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >