ON RAM¢N'S FARM by Campbell Geeslin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Earth-toned folk-art illustrations are friendly and funny, a warm match for Ramón, who turns the routine of everyday tasks into his own personal fiesta. (Picture book. 3- 7)"
Easy-to-read vignettes revisit the style and theme of Rosa's magical encounters with animals in Geeslin's In Rosa's Mexico (1996, not reviewed). Read full book review >
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

In this companion to Hunt's Illuminations, fearful horrors mix with benevolent beasts, populating an alphabet book that should provide many hours of discovery. Read full book review >

CITY BY NUMBERS by Stephen T. Johnson
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Children will relish the game of locating numbers, while adults will pause over Johnson's deliberate use of shape and color to influence mood. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In this wordless companion to Alphabet City (1995), Johnson joins the likes of Tana Hoban, Arlene Alda, and Donald Crews in his attraction to the numbers, letters, shapes, and compositions found in the architecture and infrastructures of outdoor places and public spaces. Read full book review >
THE STONE by Dianne Hofmeyr
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The book has broad appeal, giving a fresh new shape and texture to a familiar story. (Picture book/folklore. 4-7)"
This exquisitely illustrated story spins anew the famous tale of the Magi. Read full book review >
ELLIOT'S EMERGENCY by Andrea Beck
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The coaching Elliot gets on learning to sew hints at self- sufficiency, without becoming didactic. (Picture book. 3-7)"
If a torn seam for a stuffed toy is like a skinned knee for a child, it's no wonder that Elliot the moose turns to his other toy friends for help in keeping his stuffing from falling out. Read full book review >

LOUD EMILY by Alexis O’Neill
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An appealing nautical tale, this will have reflective readers wondering why whales would come to the rescue of a whaling ship, but O'Neill's language has a roll and verve that captures her young heroine's spirit perfectly. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Seven-year-old Emily, a petite child with stentorian pipes, takes ship with whispery Captain Baroo and his "kind but luckless" crew rather than enroll in Miss Meekmeister's School for Soft-Spoken Girls. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE OF SPACE ELF SAM by Audrey Wood
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"They have an electric palette just this side of garish, will make readers want to reach inside the pages and pull the characters out, and vastly reward rereadings. (Picture book. 4-9)"
From the Toy Story school of 3-D computer animation comes this intergalactic Christmas drama from Wood (Sweet Dream Pie, p. 120, etc.) and son. Read full book review >
ZOOM BROOM by Margie Palatini
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The book, like its predecessor, is silly, fun, and revved-up for reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-9)"
This fast-moving sequel to Piggie Pie! (1995) follows demanding, bunny-eating Gritch the witch as she (following a crash- landing on her broom) shops for new transport. Read full book review >
THE THISTLE PRINCESS by Vivian French
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Especially enchanting is the bookmaking_a fine design on creamy paper that feels satiny to the touch. (Picture book. 5-8)"
French (Once Upon a Picnic, 1996, etc.) mirrors Hans Christian Andersen in an original Thumbelina-like fairy tale, in which a child, magically born of a thistle, comes to a childless king and queen. Read full book review >
THE HANDMADE COUNTING BOOK by Laura Rankin
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

Rankin (The Handmade Alphabet, 1991, etc.) returns with another elegant study of American Sign Language, demonstrating the count up to 100. Read full book review >
ODD VELVET by Mary E. Whitcomb
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The story lands where it was headed; different is not odd when it's understood. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two newcomers celebrate oddity and making do with less in this story of a girl named Velvet. Read full book review >
ULAQ AND THE NORTHERN LIGHTS by Harriet Peck Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Taylor concludes with a scientific explanation of the northern lights and the sources she used. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Ulaq, a winsome white arctic fox, wonders about the northern lights in this original tale woven of a variety of Eskimo and Native American motifs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >