AUTUMN LEAVES by Ken Robbins
NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The book ends, fittingly, with an uncaptioned picture of a leafless tree; under its bough is a big pile of leaves. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Leaf identification books can be baffling to preschoolers collecting autumn leaves; whether the books feature minute silhouettes of trees and leaves, or full-blown full-color photographs of summer greens, they rarely display what a leaf looks like come fall. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A charming debut. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
The demands on the tooth fairy are almost as strenuous as those on Santa, but she has some help, because, as Beeler tells it, the customs about teeth vary around the world. Read full book review >

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"This eye- filling volume offer a wealth of detail, perfect for sharing in the days counting down to Christmas. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Brett (The Hat, 1997, etc.) glorifies an old-fashioned Christmas in her lavish and detailed edition of the classic poem. Read full book review >
THE TEENY TINY WOMAN by Arthur Robins
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Despite the tale's familiarity, this version guarantees a spine-tingling jump. (Picture book. 3-6)"
paper 0-7636-0452-6 This version of the teeny tiny classic is a teeny bit silly and a tiny bit scary. Read full book review >
RAINBOW FISH AND THE BIG BLUE WHALE by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It's almost painfully formulaic, but some children will never get enough of Rainbow Fish, who has now been promoted to ambassador of peace of the pelagic domain. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Pfister's winking do-gooder returns; Rainbow Fish and his pals find their krill-eating grounds mooched upon by a huge blue whale. Read full book review >

SEVEN STARS MORE! by Kathy Mallat
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The repetitions and Abby's movements—in bed, out of bed, back into bed'should make this book a gateway for listeners to the sometimes elusive Land of Nod. (Picture book. Ages 2-6)"
Mallat's picture-book solo is a combination counting book and lullaby. Read full book review >
UNCLE FRANK'S PIT by Matthew McElligott
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The illustrations, chock full of color and shadow, have the fuzzy quality of low-tech computer artwork. (Picture book. 5-8)"
McElligott (The Truth About Cousin Ernie's Head, 1996) finds inspiration in Uncle Frank, an amiable old codger who is full of cockamamie ideas and immune to suggestions that he's worn out his welcome. Read full book review >
COMMOTION IN THE OCEAN by Giles Andreae
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Otherwise, this British import is ordinary and often amateurish. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The round glass of a submarine porthole provides a window through which the animals of the ocean can be spied upon in all their "commotion." Read full book review >
SUNRISE by Helena Clare Pittman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Enticing on many levels, this book offers an edifying blend of entertainment and instruction. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Effectively joining text and art, this book provides an abundance of repetition to reinforce the concept of numbers. Read full book review >
KITOTO THE MIGHTY by Tololwa M. Mollel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"This old story is always compelling, in a setting full of adventure. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A familiar folktale is retold, as a mouse goes in search of the most powerful entity on earth, and finds out that it is one of his own kind. Read full book review >
THE LONGEST WAIT by Marie Bradby
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Through the narrative and illustration technique, two stories emerge—one of family togetherness, and another of a dedicated, hardworking hero. (Picture book. 5-8)"
During a treacherous winter storm, a family anxiously waits for their mail-carrier father to come home. Read full book review >
SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY by Jaqueline Briggs Martin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"This is a lyrical biographical tribute to a farmer, whose love of snow and careful camera work expanded both natural science and photography. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
Wilson Bentley (1865—1931) was fascinated by snow, in childhood and adulthood, and, practically speaking, is the one who "discovered" snow crystals, by photographing them in all their variation. 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 >