HARMONICA NIGHT by M.C. Helldorfer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

The ocean is the magnet that draws a family out at night for a moonlight picnic. Read full book review >
BIRDIE'S LIGHTHOUSE by Deborah Hopkinson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

"Hopkinson notes that although Birdie is a fictional character, she was inspired by several real lighthouse keepers, among them Grace Darling of England and Abigail Burgess Grant of Maine. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Root's evocative watercolor and pen-and-ink drawings in deep sea blues and greens are perfectly allied with Hopkinson's stirring tale, set off the coast of Maine in 1855, of a girl's life as a lightkeeper. Read full book review >

THE SUMMER OF STANLEY by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"The real star of this competent but predictable book is Gates's marvelously detailed and luminous art; it hardly evokes 1945, but does bring to glowing, bucolic life a gentler—though war-torn—time. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kinsey-Warnock (Sweet Memories Still, 1997, etc.) sets her story in 1945 when Molly's father is off fighting in the war and she, her mother, brother Tyler, and grandfather keep the home fires burning and the Victory Garden growing. Read full book review >
WHEN AUNT LENA DID THE RHUMBA by Eileen Kurtis-Kleinman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

Kurtis-Kleinman's debut sets out to tickle children silly with the hijinks of narrator Sophie's lovable, irrepressible, show-biz-in-its-blood extended family. Read full book review >
THE MONKEY BRIDGE by Rafe Martin
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Their individuality suits this lyrical story and its emphasis not on a leader's rank, but on the qualities of the leader that prove him deserving of his position. (Picture book/folklore. 4-7)"
A Buddhist jataka tale shows how the unselfish behavior of a monkey king inspires a selfish human ruler to become more generous. Read full book review >

MAMA PROVI AND THE POT OF RICE by Sylvia Rosa-Casanova
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

"Roth's watercolor-and-ink illustrations have all the eccentricity the tale deserves, and superbly conjure the special life that goes on in the hallways and stairs of apartment buildings. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rosa-Casanova's first book is a terrific blend of a cumulative tale, a cook's tour of ethnic cuisine—a genuine sense of apartment life, and an unforced display of affection. Read full book review >
BEST FRIENDS THINK ALIKE by Lynn Reiser
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"The bright, chipper look, however, will win readers; it's not hard to imagine children acting this out. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this play about playing, Reiser (Two Mice in Three Fables, 1995, etc.) provides a lesson about conflict resolution as well as a playable scenario about best friends Ruby and Beryl, who independently come up with the perfect game to play when their fathers take them to the park. Read full book review >
CAT'S COLORS by Jane Cabrera
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Impish and informational. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Those who think they've seen everything in the ubiquitous color concept-book genre haven't seen Cabrera's debut, an irresistible take on the subject. Read full book review >
BICYCLE RIDING by Sandra Olson Liatsos
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: May 1, 1997

"In her warmly colored watercolors, Dugan cleverly fleshes out the images in the poetry; the only misstep is an anachronistic conceit in which winged maple seeds are shown spinning through the air along with orange autumn leaves. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
Twenty-two poems (about half previously published) mostly describing activities and observations of children out-of-doors, from playing baseball in a city street to wondering at fragile butterflies fluttering above crashing ocean waves. Read full book review >
ONLY A PIGEON by Jane Kurtz
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Scenery and portraits alike exhibit great skill in portraying the city and one boy's place in it, while the elegant storytelling is suffused with the quiet tension of the pigeons in danger. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Jane Kurtz (Trouble, p. 383, etc.) and her brother, newcomer Christopher Kurtz, offer an unusual and well-written story set in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—a tale that could be a jumping-off place for a number of topics. Read full book review >
LET'S EAT! by Ana Zamorano
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

"QuÇ maravilla, indeed. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a winning celebration of the many loving circles of relationships in an extended family, newcomer Zamorano and veteran Vivas have collaborated on a snapshot of two weeks in the lives of a large Spanish clan. Read full book review >
AMERICA by W. Nikola-Lisa
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1997

"About the Art'' page includes photos of and quotations by the artists and information on their techniques and published works. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Seriously flawed as a concept book, this picture book offers rewards for readers interested in its specific merits. 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 >