CHATTERBOX JAMIE by Nancy Evans Cooney
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"A drama that many young ones will recognize as just their size. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Jamie is full of questions at home; but when he starts nursery school, he clams up—totally. Read full book review >
I GOT A FAMILY by Melrose Cooper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1993

"(Picture book. 4-8)"
A child describes her family of six—from Great-Gran to the cat—in engagingly informal compact verse: ``I got an Uncle, loves me wishin'./He's got a special place for fishin',/Says that he's shared it just with me!/Hunkerin' under his willow tree/Right where the riverbed meets the streams,/We bait our gear and cast our dreams.'' Each six-line verse deftly sketches a character and an entire relationship, neatly encapsulated in a key word at the end of the first line, whether it's ``Brother, loves me hard,/ roughhousin'...'' or ``Mamma, loves me sewin'/Keeps all the hems in my dresses growin'...Wraps me in comfort all year through.'' The whole family is beautifully summed up in a last verse, concluding: ``I got a heart that loves `em back!'' Gottlieb's bright, bold illustrations—a few broad, rough black lines define vibrant areas of solid color—make a classy complement to the freshness and power of Cooper's joyful imagery. Read full book review >

FLY BY NIGHT by June Crebbin
Released: May 1, 1993

Little Blink sleeps by day, then waits at night for Mother Owl to come home. Read full book review >
BEES, WASPS, AND ANTS by George S. Fichter
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
This handsome hardcover (one of four in the new ``Golden Junior Guides'' series) is a bargain at $4.95, with dozens of vivid color illustrations. Read full book review >
SURPRISING MYSELF by Jean Fritz
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1993

"Also available: Verna Aardema's A Bookworm Who Hatched (ISBN: 1-878450-39-5) and Lee Bennett Hopkins's The Writing Bug (ISBN: 1-878450-38-7). (Autobiography. 5-9)"
One of three excellent new titles in the "Meet the Author" series, written at about the second-grade level and focusing on experiences related to the author's writing career. Read full book review >

YES by Josse Goffin
by Josse Goffin, illustrated by Josse Goffin
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"A quiet book with a unique, offbeat charm. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Belgian artist Goffin (OH!, 1991) brings his spare graphic style to an almost wordless book, with an amusing play on the theme of matching a child to the right parent. Read full book review >
BIRTHDAY RHYMES, SPECIAL TIMES by Bobbye S. Goldstein
POETRY
Released: May 1, 1993

"Index. (Poetry/Picture book. 3-7)"
The title sets the tone—32 lighthearted poems celebrate parties, presents, and being the special person of the day; also included are a few non-children who might have birthdays—a mother, a grandfather clock, the moon. Read full book review >
ONLY ONE by Marc Harshman
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Marginal unless budgets are ample. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A concept book that works its way from ``There may be a million stars,/But there is only one sky'' and ``50,000 bees,/But...only one hive'' through 500, 100, and by ones from 12 down. Read full book review >
PIGS APLENTY, PIGS GALORE by David McPhail
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

The narrator—rendered in McPhail's trademark style as an appealing, vulnerable man—is peacefully reading when his home is invaded by pigs: ``Pigs in tutus,/Pigs in kilts,/Pigs on skateboards,/Pigs on stilts./Pigs from England,/Pigs from France,/Pigs in just/Their underpants.'' Coming by a fantastical variety of transport (e.g., a parachute, and the mammoth ship ``S. S. Swine''), the motley crowd gets right down to the business of gorging on a giant stack of pizzas, which they chomp, play with, and fling about but don't share with the narrator (``I get nothing,/Just the bill''). Read full book review >
ORANGE CHEEKS by Jay O'Callahan
COLORS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Raine's impressionistic, rather formal paintings nicely capture the boy's feelings, especially his loving relationship with Grandma. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A well-known storyteller evokes the emotions and conflicts of childhood with a somewhat discursive story about a four-year- old who gets into mischief, half on purpose, on a visit to Grandma's—though his mother has threatened that ``if there's any trouble you won't go overnight for a year.'' Mom has cautioned that Grandma can be ``a grump,'' but Grandma helps Willie cover up; then, when Willie almost lets the cat out of the bag, she explains the ``trouble''—``The trouble was Willie and I didn't have enough time together.'' Not quite trusting his readers, O'Callahan stretches words for emphasis (``No troubl-l-l-llllle ma-ma-a-a-a''); the drama and nuances of this warmly perceptive story might be enhanced by an accomplished reader, but children Willie's age may like a simple delivery just as well. Read full book review >
THREE BAGS FULL by Ragnhild Scamell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"The book will amuse beginning readers, as well as younger listeners; and Hobson looks like an illustrator to watch. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Kind Millie, a sheep, doesn't object when the other animals help themselves to her wool—Bird needs some for a nest, and so do Badger and Rabbit. Read full book review >
HECTOR'S NEW SNEAKERS by Amanda Vesey
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Whether peer-driven shoe-freaks will swallow the message is a question; they're mostly older than the target audience, but it's well worth a try—and amusing to see that this problem is international. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hector is mortified: his birthday sneakers look and feel fine, but—instead of the all-important soccer insignia—this cheaper pair sports gold stars. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >