THE CIRCLE OF THANKS by Joseph Bruchac
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Jacob's stylized illustrations are an eyeful, smartly situating each of the native people in their respective landscapes. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Bruchac (Children of the Longhouse, p. 685, etc.) gathers 14 traditional Native American poems of appreciation and respect for nature's gifts. Read full book review >
HUMPTY DUMPTY by Moira Kemp
NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Readers will linger over each tableau on the page as if it were a landscape. (Pop-up. 2-4)"
Humpty Dumpty ($12.99; Oct. 1996; 10 pp.; 0-525-67540-X): Here's one version of this verse where the egg hero doesn't end up scrambled! Read full book review >

CLOUDLAND by John Burningham
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Winsomely sure-footed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A typical Burningham dreamer falls from the land of childhood into Cloudland; when he returns home he forever after longs for another taste of the land beyond. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR STOMP! by Paul Stickland
DINOSAURS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"These dinos are swell, even if they won't be around long enough to fossilize. (Pop-up. 3-6)"
Dinosaur Stomp! Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS by Ann Fearrington
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The book, without enough contrast to show either the exuberant blinking lights that punctuate the darkness or the hush of paper lanterns lining a street, acts more as a remembrance of the ritual than a conveyance of its thrills. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A family loads into their station wagon on a dark, cold Christmas night to view lights on trees, spires, apartment balconies, factories, and office buildings, then arrives home where ``last year, this year, every year, we love our own lights best of all.'' The brief text is more sightseeing than story. Read full book review >

ANIMAL ACTION ABC by Karen Pandell
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"For a stronger illustration of the same concept, see Jean Marzollo and Jerry Pinkney's Pretend You're a Cat (1990), which stretches minds as well as bodies. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The alphabet in this book functions more as a framework than it does a primer in letters. Read full book review >
SUN by Francesca Grazzini
NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Stylized collage cutouts are expressive without being cartoonish, and are friendly yet instructional. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)"
This entry and three others in the I Want to Know series simplify concepts in science and nature for the very young. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"It's classified as animal anecdotes, but don't bury it in the 590s with assignment material. (Nonfiction. 5- 10)"
In 31 anecdotes about animals he has known, King-Smith (The Stray, p. 1237, etc.) once again proves his worth as a born storyteller. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PENELOPE'S PARROT by Helen Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Any interest that Munsinger's familiar cartoon figures spark will quickly disappear beneath the heavy lesson and trite plotline. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Princess Penelope's Parrot ($14.95; Oct. 1996; 32 pp.; 0-395-78320-8): A routine, predictable morality tale: Despite selfish Princess Penelope's threats and demands, her new parrot refuses to talk—until Prince Percival pays a call. Read full book review >
BASKETBALL ABC by Florence Cassen Mayers
SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The compositions will attract sports fans and make page-turners out of those who normally just spectate. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Following on the heels of Baseball ABC (1994), another attractive, eye-catching introduction to the world of sports from Mayers, with the cooperation of the NBA. Read full book review >
MOLA by Maricel E. Presilla
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An accomplished, unusual look at a little-known culture. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In the San Blas Islands off the northern coast of Panama, Cuna women make a unique and beautiful form of art called molas, in which layers of fabric of various textures are sewn together, then snipped and stitched into pictures comprised of bold forms and bright colors. Read full book review >
O CHRISTMAS TREE by Vashanti Rahaman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Lessac's naive, vibrant illustrations are just right in their depictions of this charming story of Christmas in a land with no snow but plenty of spirit. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A conventional title gives way to a surprising story about the unique Christmas traditions that have sprouted in the West Indies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >