WHEELS AROUND by Shelley Rotner
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A sparkling contribution to a popular subject. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Paint-box bright photographs of wheeled transportation cover the gamut from skateboards and wheelchairs to fire trucks and backhoes. Read full book review >
THE CANDLEWICK BOOK OF BEAR STORIES by Jez Alborough
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A wonderful package, and an economical way of bringing a variety of old pros to the shelves. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This anthology presents the texts from 18 recent picture books along with some of their illustrations, cropped and rearranged to create an attractive new whole. Read full book review >

SKIP ACROSS THE OCEAN by Floella Benjamin
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The bonus is the design of the endpapers, comprised of a riotous patchwork quilt of images. (Picture book. 2- 6)"
Exuberant childlike paintings glow and almost run away with this eclectic grouping of 32 nursery rhymes. Read full book review >
GATHERING by Betsy Bowen
NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The only thing missing in this book is a section on negative numbers, to record the thermometer readings of -34¯ in darkest December! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bowen follows up her boundary waters alphabet book Antler, Bear, Canoe (1991) with a book of numbers that follows the sun's rays through the seasons. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"222), Ross (with Bruchac, The Girl Who Married the Moon, 1994), and Stroud each provides notes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A charming look at the time when the world was new. Read full book review >

DANDELIONS by Eve Bunting
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Greg Shed
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A memorable book, for the way its characters struggle with unhappiness, and slowly overcome it. (Picture book. 5-10)"
It would be hard to come up with a tale of western settlers that's not a cliché, but Bunting (Spying on Miss Muller, p. 553, etc.) has done it. Read full book review >
THE PAINTER by Peter Catalanotto
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The entire work is simply and beautifully done, modestly self-absorbed, by an illustrator who is searching for a story in his own backyard. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A child's view of family life. Read full book review >
PLANE by Chris L. Demarest
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A companion volume, Ship (ISBN 0-15-200267-7), does a similarly energetic job plying the high seas and evoking things oceanic. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A board book journey for the very young on a pleasurable plane ride through an intimate, minimal landscape. Read full book review >
FLOOD FISH by Robyn Eversole
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The oil paintings, with the texture of the canvas still visible, feature broad swaths of intense color: aquamarine in swimming scenes, the violet gray of a rainy day, and the brilliant red earth of the outback. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When it rains in the arid Australian outback a river that has been dry fills up with water, and with fish. Read full book review >
WHERE I LIVE by Heidi Goennel
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"While not groundbreaking, these brash board books are visually hypnotic. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A board book entry in the four-book It's My World series (the others are What I Wear, ISBN 0-688-14147-1; What I See, 14146-3; and What I Eat, 14145-5). Read full book review >
THE BIG RED BUS by Judy Hindley
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The theme of this slight but engaging ride will appeal to youngsters fascinated with all things on wheels and give them guidance on how to get out of a scrape. (Picture book. 3-6)"
For the very young, an introduction to the joys of the traffic jam. Read full book review >
DANCE WITH ME by Ron Hirschi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The images are uplifting, indeed, but the rest of the project never gets off the ground. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Loosely connected, quasi-poetic thoughts about the movements of animals and their relationship to human dance serve as an excuse for looking at full-color, action-packed photographs of animals in their natural habitat. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >