MR. McMOUSE by Leo Lionni
by Leo Lionni, illustrated by Leo Lionni
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Still, it's told with style and good humor, while the art of this three-time Caldecott Honor winner is always of interest. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When Timothy (a typical Lionni mouse) looks in the mirror, he's startled to see a stranger in black who looks a lot like a businessman with a tail. Read full book review >
JONATHAN AND HIS MOMMY by Irene Smalls-Hector
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A rhythmic, repetitive text with some rhymes and sun-washed illustrations—a happy summer book. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A playful story about a small African-American and his mother taking a long walk through their city neighborhood and making a game of using different steps—giant steps, baby steps, bunny hops, ballet twirls, backward steps. Read full book review >

WHO'S THAT BANGING ON THE CEILING? by Colin McNaughton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"It's all topped off when imagination meets reality in King Kong himself—who's tap-dancing on the roof in a spectacular foldout. ``Now that really [is] silly.'' (Picture book. 3-7)"
A vertically-opening, one-idea book with sure child appeal: working from the ground up, each high-rise tenant imagines what could be making the racket immediately above (``It sounds like elephants on pogo sticks!'' ``It sound like a dinosaur dancing the fandango!''); both imagined and real activities (revealed with a page turn—in this case, kids bouncing on the bed) are depicted in lively cartoon style. Read full book review >
A LITTLE WITCH MAGIC by Robert Bender
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A promising debut. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Broomhelga likes to imagine the wicked deeds she would do if she ever got a chance; then, when little Wanda, a cheerful trick- or-treater, comes dauntlessly into her house and begs for a broomstick ride, Broomhelga obliges—only to discover that Wanda's delight is the best reward. Read full book review >
RAINY DAY DREAM by Michael Chesworth
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"But most interesting here are the beautifully crafted, exquisitely composed watercolors, skillfully evoking mist, light, and the very feel and smell of a rainy day; while the book is quiet, Chesworth achieves a real narrative flow, both visually and conceptually. (Picture book. 3-7)"
From a promising new illustrator, a wordless book depicting the flight of a man wafted aloft by his umbrella. Read full book review >

MY BUDDY by Audrey Osofsky
by Audrey Osofsky, illustrated by Ted Rand
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A detailed, upbeat picture of happy cooperation between boy and dog, appealingly illustrated with realistic watercolors. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A lad with multiple sclerosis describes his Service Dog—an unusually intelligent, affectionate golden retriever whose name is Buddy and who not only fetches and carries (he has a backpack marked ``Working Dog—Don't Touch'') but also turns out lights, pushes elevator buttons, showers with his wheelchair-confined master, and does dozens of other tasks at home and at school. Read full book review >
THE SEA AND I by Harutaka Nakawatari
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Outstanding art; though the story is quiet, the boy's love and concern for his father have universal appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In his first picture book, a Japanese illustrator evokes the feelings of an island fisherman's son on a day when he bids his father farewell at dawn, wonders whether a storm is coming as he explores the shore and watches the threatening waves and weather, then finally welcomes his father home in the calm of sunset, for an evening of stories about his voyages. Read full book review >
FLYAWAY GIRL by Ann Grifalconi
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Still, Grifalconi's imaginative approach makes for a striking, if not wholly effective, offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An artist with several fine books set in Africa to her credit (The Village of Round and Square Houses, 1986, Caldecott Honor) experiments with collages of photographic images (from the National Geographic and similar sources) of people, artifacts, etc., sometimes reversed or with their colors exaggerated, to create what she terms "magical realism." Read full book review >
BIG BEAR'S TREASURY by Jez Alborough
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A fresh, lively mix of annuals and perennials, serendipitously arranged and varying widely in design, type size, and reading level. (Fiction. 0-10)"
A second big bouquet picked from the fields of modern British children's literature, presented to toddlers (Oxenbury's Tickle Tickle), picture book fans (Rosen's Little Rabbit Foo Foo) and older readers (an excerpt from E. Nesbit's ``Melisande''), and including a page from Where's Waldo? plus samples from several nursery rhyme collections; all strewn with illustrations broad (Colin McNaughton), brooding (Angela Barrett), and bumptious (Charlotte Voake). Read full book review >
BOODIL MY DOG by Pija Lindenbaum
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The narrative device steals the show, but should get young readers thinking. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In witty, energetically limned art and a text where the narrator's every pronouncement is contradicted by the author- illustrator's sly innuendoes, Lindenbaum (Else-Marie and Her Seven Little Daddies, 1991) depicts a bull terrier who may be fierce and eternally vigilant by reputation, but is actually quiet and timid, though certainly stubborn. Read full book review >
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Alan Garner
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"An excellent edition. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
One of the most respected British folklorists and stylists (The Owl Service, 1968, Carnegie Medal; Book of British Fairy Tales, 1985) narrates an old favorite in a muscular, forthright style, more succinct than Joseph Jacobs but equally colorful, building to a satisfyingly embellished final tumble for the giant. Read full book review >
ISHI'S TALE OF LIZARD by Leanne Hinton
edited by Leanne Hinton, translated by Leanne Hinton, illustrated by Susan R. Roth
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Still, fascinating, valuable source material, in striking format. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Ishi, last of California's Yahi tribe, emerged from hiding in 1911; his memoirs, including family stories, were subsequently transcribed by anthropologists. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >