ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"McGinley-Nally shows pigs running happily amok, flashing wit, knowledge, and the electric palette of a single-minded crusade against math anxiety. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In another entry in Axelrod's math-concepts series (Pigs in the Pantry, 1997, etc.) Mr. and Mrs. Pig and their piglets visit a miniature golf course for Mr. Pig's birthday, and get a crash course in simple geometry. Read full book review >
COWS IN THE KITCHEN by June Crebbin
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Zany animal antics fill McEwan's illustrations to bursting; the twist is that the next time Tom Farmer falls asleep the animals tiptoe up to him before they raise a ruckus all over again. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Livestock's great out on the range, but when there are cows in the kitchen, sheep on the sofa, and hens on the hatstand, Crebbin warns, look out. Read full book review >

THE GHOSTS IN THE CELLAR by Jacques Duquennoy
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Swiss cheese, recalling the funny effects of the first book) precludes opportunities for humor; the text is redundant, for the art inventively depicts most of the action. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The adorable characters from The Ghosts' Dinner (1994, not reviewed) return to win points with children despite a lackluster plot. Read full book review >
LET'S DANCE! by George Ancona
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A festive commemoration of movement. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)"
Through clear, lively photographs, Ancona (Fiesta U.S.A., 1995, etc.) explores the expression of dance throughout the world and demonstrates its universality. Read full book review >
PAINTED DREAMS by Karen Lynn Williams
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Stock's combines sophistication with childlike strokes of watercolor to give an eye-opening glimpse—as does her note at the end—into the culture of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. (Picture book. 5-8)"
PLB 0-688-13902-7 Paint scavenged from a garbage pile, bits of red brick and white rocks, and brushes painstakingly made from chicken feathers and goat hairs are the only tools Ti Marie can afford for her works of art. Read full book review >

NATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Ideal for summer story hours or warm reminiscing all winter long. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
With the alternate title, Del Ombligo de la Luna y otros poemas de verano, this exuberant collection, in both English and Spanish, is illustrated in bold, brilliant swathes of color that recall Mexican folk art and textiles. Read full book review >
HURRY, SANTA! by Julie Sykes
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"The humorous antics of the intrepid Santa make for a wonderfully silly holiday story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
It's Christmas time again and Sykes's noisy, jovial Santa (Shhh!) returns, embarking upon a whole new succession of misadventures. Read full book review >
THE BUS RIDE by William Miller
FICTION
Released: July 15, 1998

"The approach is low-key, but readers will feel the winds of history rustle in these pages. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Miller (Richard Wright and the Library Card, 1997, etc.) reimagines the story of Rosa Parks's historic refusal to give up her bus seat as it might have happened to Sara, a young girl with an intuitive grasp of right and wrong. Read full book review >
THE ICE CREAM KING by Greg McEvoy
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1998

"Illustrations reminiscent of Bill Peet's work complement this slim, silly story, suitable for preschoolers who can appreciate the in-joke about kings as well as the ice cream trimmings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
With dreams of dispensing ice cream to all his subjects, Lionel enrolls in King School; upon graduating, he sets out, diploma in hand, to seek a palace of his very own. Read full book review >
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE by Rosemary Wells
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 1, 1998

"Come story hour, listeners will be cheering. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Just as James Marshall could make the oldest of the stories new again, Wells (Bunny Money, 1997, etc.) takes this well-worn nugget and makes it shine. Read full book review >
DORA'S BOX by Ann-Jeanette Campbell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 1998

"The magical box lets loose feathery tendrils of light when opened; hair and clothing become abstract, elemental designs. (Picture book. 5-8)"
paper 0-679-97642-6 A lyrical recasting of the Pandora myth with multiple pathways into the heart of the story. Read full book review >
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR by Steve Scott
FICTION
Released: June 30, 1998

"Children will chant and gesture along with this uncomplicated bedtime rhyme. (Board book. 2-3)"
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear ($9.95; Jun. 30; 24 pp.; 0-694-01162-2): This Growing Tree entry has an easy, familiar verse, and Scott makes sure that even the youngest toddler will be able to follow the actions of a boy and his teddy bear as they touch, dance, point, jump, bow, run, and prepare for bed. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >