FATIMA AND THE DREAM THIEF by Rafik Schami
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"A visual treat with a gutsy heroine at its center. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The wealthy lord of a castle strikes a peculiar deal with a desperately poor boy, Hassan. Read full book review >
SWEET DREAMS by Sue Porter
FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 1996

"The book comes loaded with flexible, sturdy lift-up flaps to reveal hidden places (under the bed and such), and the illustrations are cheery confections sure to keep demons at bay. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When his baby sisters and brothers arrive, a rabbit moves to a new big bed. Read full book review >

SEYMOUR AND OPAL by Nicole Jussek
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The story is mildly amusing, the pictures very sweet and funny, but Opal's largely passive reaction to Seymour's extortion is puzzling. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Seymour and Opal are brother-and-sister rabbits who have adjoining rooms; in fact, Opal must pass through Seymour's room to get to her own. Read full book review >
BLUE by Karen Bryant-Mole
by Karen Bryant-Mole, photographed by Zul Mukhida
COLORS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

Blue ($10.95; paper $4.95; Nov. 1996; 24 pp.; 0-382-39590-5; paper 0-382-39626-X): In the Images series, a concept book that may have trouble holding its own in a crowded field of similar children's books. Read full book review >
TELEPHONE by Kornei Chukovsky
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Overall, a successful translation from east to west that proves the universal appeal of silliness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Russian children and students of the Russian language are as familiar with this poem as American kids are with Dr. Seuss. Read full book review >

KANCIL AND THE CROCODILES by Noreha Yussof Day
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"That twist—along with the lively pace and blithe tone—will make readers smile. (Picture book/folklore. 3-7)"
In this tale from Malaysia, Kancil, a mouse deer—and trickster—and Kura-Kura, a tortoise, are best friends in an idyllic tropical forest enticingly rendered in Teckentrup's cut-paper illustrations. ``All the animals lived happily together, as long as they were careful to talk to the crocodiles- -who were always hungry—from a distance,'' Day puts it, economical and witty in her first picture book. Read full book review >
THE FIRST STORY EVER TOLD by Erik Jendresen
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Yoshi's illustrations are surprisingly corny, static, and inconsistent: The explorer looks like a boy in some scenes, a man in others. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Cities of gold have haunted imaginations seemingly forever, but this story of an explorer's search for one such city, the fabled Vilcabamba—inspired by the creation tales of the Incas of Peru—begins and ends in the banal. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF THE WINDIGO by Gayle Ross
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Swirling skies and verdant forests dance around the people in a primitivist style, perfectly partnered with the pace and voice of the storyteller. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
From the creators of How Turtle's Back Was Cracked (1995) comes a variant of the widespread Windigo tale, which can be heard from the Tlingit of northwest Canada to the Cree of the eastern woodlands. Read full book review >
THE FOX MAIDEN by Elsa Marston
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Fuzzy, bucolic acrylic paintings lend much-needed mystery and magic to the tale. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A magical fox from the mountains of Japan has the capacity to take on human form in this original tale inspired by Japanese folklore. Read full book review >
FLIP-FLAP THEATRE by Eva Johanna Rubin
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The story (or stories) is in the imagination of the beholder; Rubin's baroque illustrations can be manipulated by preschoolers and more sophisticated viewers with equal pleasure. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Flip-Flap Theatre ($15.95; Nov. 1996; 1-55858-597-4): A wordless, low-tech theatrical experience: By flipping two sets of spiral- bound half-pages (which look like mirrored sets of Dutch doors), onlookers can set the stage for a host of odd beasts, people, and fabulous creatures. Read full book review >
RAGGED BEAR by Brigitte Weninger
by Brigitte Weninger, translated by Marianne Martens, illustrated by Alan Marks
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Deceptively simple, deeply satisfying. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ragged Bear is ``old and worn, ragged and torn,'' but he is a forgiving soul. Read full book review >
KONGI AND POTGI by Oki S. Han
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Shirley Climo and Ruth Heller's The Korean Cinderella (1993) will probably remain the version of choice for sheer sumptuousness of color and design, but Han and Plunkett's is different enough to make it worth consideration for serious folklore collections. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
There are several Korean variants of what most readers know as the story of Cinderella. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >