ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1997

"A much livelier rendering of this story can be found in Jan Brett's Town Mouse, Country Mouse (1994). (Picture book/folklore. 3-6)"
The best thing about this rather insipid reworking of this ancient tale is its gorgeous jacket painting: full of lush detail in texture, fabric, flora, and fauna, with berries ripe enough to eat, a steaming pot, and upholstery lovingly rendered. Read full book review >
A CHILD'S SEASONAL TREASURY by Betty Jones
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: June 27, 1997

"It is a lovely collection, with limited application. (index) (Anthology. 3-7)"
A must-have collection for Waldorf teachers or others already acquainted with the Rudolph Steiner philosophy of education. Read full book review >

TOES ARE TO TICKLE by Shen Roddie
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 16, 1997

"Chipper colors add to the free-spirited frolic found in the pages of this early concept book. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A takeoff of the Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak classic A Hole Is to Dig (1952) that revives the same snappy childlike style of defining words that so charmed generations of early listeners. Read full book review >
CABBAGES AND KINGS by Elizabeth Seabrook
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Wyeth, facing the difficult challenge of enlivening sedentary vegetables, successfully employs wind, a dog, and subtle facial characterisitics to vivify his pastoral paintings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Seabrook's first book involves a pair of anthropormorphized garden vegetables—Albert the asparagus and Herman the cabbage- -who overcome their obvious differences and forge an alliance against the dangers of their surroundings. Read full book review >
TOUCH THE SKY SUMMER by Jean Van Leeuwen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1997

"Perfectly captured by Andreasen are Luke's receptivity and vulnerability, his emotions thrown wide open, his faith in the magic of a place unwavering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Every childhood ought to contain at least one summer moment like this—a pure idyll. Read full book review >

ALPHABET MAGIC by Chuck Murphy
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 1997

"What sells the book is the low-tech morphing of letters into images, and back into letters again. (Board book. 3-7)"
Window peeping is encouraged in this alphabet book of 26 acetate openings; a letter labels each transparent window. Read full book review >
COLORS by Chuck Murphy
by Chuck Murphy, illustrated by Chuck Murphy
COLORS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Otherwise, the book is a little short of a complete rainbow. (Board book. 3-6)"
This entry in the Razzle Dazzle series (which covers Numbers, Shapes, and Opposites as well) may show that all that glitters is not necessarily captivating. Read full book review >
BABY GOES SHOPPING by Monica Wellington
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1997

"Wellington (Night House, Bright House, 1997, etc.) keeps the page so uncharacteristically simple that it might be best to think of this book and its companion, Baby at Home (0-525-45640-6), as bound collections of vibrant flashcards for parents intent on brain-building. (Board book. 1-3)"
Turn your back on a baby in a shopping cart for one minute, and your cart's bound to be filled with surprises. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T GO TO BED by Helen Cooper
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 1997

"As always, Cooper's artwork can't be faulted: The sumptuous, imaginative watercolors are replete with dreamy intent. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After a promising start, this bedtime book from Cooper (Little Monster Did It!, 1996, etc.) runs out of gas. Read full book review >
A FOURTH OF JULY ON THE PLAINS by Jean Van Leeuwen
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Sorensen's watercolors have the blurred, dreamlike quality of faded photographs, furnishing the proceedings with a sense of events that took place long ago. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From Van Leeuwen (Blue Sky, Butterfly, 1996, etc.), a fictional look at a Fourth of July celebration held by pioneers headed for Oregon. Read full book review >
ALONG THE SEASHORE by Ann C. Cooper
Released: June 1, 1997

"Throughout, Cooper invites readers to search back through the pages for details, inspiring careful reinspection of text and art. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
A handsome and useful beginning guide in the Wild Wonders series, to the plants and animals of the Pacific Coast of North America. Read full book review >
A BIG TRIP FOR THE MORRISONS by Penny Carter
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Text and illustrations work exceptionally well together; observant readers will find plenty of details to tickle them: the flying saucer taking off at the airport, an alligator-shaped Statue of Liberty, and more. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The Morrisons, a family of friendly alligators (A New House for the Morrisons, 1993) are back, and this time they're off on a world tour. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >