WHOEVER YOU ARE by Mem Fox
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"An essential book that acknowledges in the simplest of terms our common humanity. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A one-world, "we-are-all-the-same-under-the-skin" message for the very young from Fox (The Straight Line Wonder, p. 1388, etc.). Read full book review >
THUMBELINA by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Thumbelina's one claim to fame is her beauty, which readers are never allowed to forget, and Graston's illustrations, technically impressive, fail to give the tale even a breath of fresh air. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Thumbelina (32 pp.; $16.95; Oct.; 0-385-32251-8): Graston brings new illustrations to Haugaard's 1974 translation, but neither new art nor old text holds up to contemporary scrutiny. Read full book review >

ONE SMALL LOST SHEEP by Claudia Mills
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Krudop's handsome artwork captures the mood of the story and adds mystery of its own, conveying a real sense of place in Bethlehem and its surroundings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The setting is Bethlehem. Read full book review >
TO MARKET, TO MARKET by Anne Miranda
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"True, her kitchen's trashed and she probably won't find a welcome mat at her supermarket hereafter, but all's well that ends well—at least while the soup's on. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A marketing trip from Miranda (Glad Monster, Sad Monster, p. 1309) that jiggity jigs off in time-honored nursery-rhyme fashion, but almost immediately derails into well-charted chaos. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A splendid walk through the months. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Otten's first children's book offers one vivid short poem for every month of the year: ``February turns everything to gray,'' ``June measures time until the longest day becomes the shortest night,'' and ``September squeezes what is left of summer into night-cool cider,'' etc. Doney's gorgeous, impressionistic paintings combine perfectly with the simple resplendence of Otten's poems, using light and shadow to draw readers into the shade of a willow in April, to the apple-blossom snow of May, and to the baked heat of a July afternoon. Read full book review >

HANSEL AND GRETEL by Jane Ray
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The palette is rich and deep, the witch a startling and original figure with red eyes and a half-mask, and Hansel and Gretel appealing with their dark, knowing eyes. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
A graceful retelling of the classic tale, accompanied by brilliant, swirling, full-bleed illustrations. Read full book review >
WINTER VISITORS by Elizabeth Lee O'Donnell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The marginal story makes clear its author has probably never been skunked, for the girl is serene only moments after the spray; the wild animals are greeting-card cuddly, poorly proportioned, and awkwardly posed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A treacly counting book in forced rhyme. Read full book review >
GABRIELLA'S SONG by Candace Fleming
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A disarmingly simple tale, this is inspiring and transporting. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Fleming (Madame Lagrande and Her So High, To the Sky, Uproarious Pompadour, 1996) celebrates music and its power to touch our lives. Read full book review >
MADELIA by Jan Spivey Gilchrist
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The gouache and pastel illustrations, with their fresh springtime colors, capture the beat of the text and persuade onlookers as to the wonder of the event. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's Sunday and her father is the reverend, so there is no doubt where Madelia is headed that morning, but what she'd like to do is stay home with her new jars of paint. Read full book review >
NICHOLI by Cooper Edens
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Banfill's winter landscapes are outstanding, but his people are so stiffly and meticulously painted that they are more like wax figures than characters to care about. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It is Christmas Day, when the residents of a mountain village traditionally gather to sculpt the snow. Read full book review >
BREAKFAST AT THE LIBERTY DINER by Daniel Kirk
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Expressive, eye-catching illustrations tell the tale better than the wordy text; filled with bustling, sipping, munching, smiling people, the scenes at the Liberty Diner come alive. (Picture book. 4-8)"
While they wait for Uncle Angelo at the Liberty Diner, Bobby, his baby brother, George, and his mother are surprised when President Roosevelt stops in during breakfast. Read full book review >
LUMINA by Brigitte Weninger
by Brigitte Weninger, translated by Anthea Bell, illustrated by Julie Wintz-Litty
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"After so many pages of pure agony, readers will be dazed by and suspicious of this particular turn of events—at least The Little Match Girl delivers a good cry. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Wintz-Litty's watercolors, with their intimate nighttime village scenes and wild landscapes, are splendidly bleak as poor Lumina's sad story unfolds: She is parentless, homeless, hungry, and shunned by her countryfolk—``Go away, little beggar girl!''- -as the snowballs rain down on her head. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >