THE MALACHITE PALACE by Alma Flor Ada
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

From Ada (The Lizard and the Sun, 1997, etc.), an original fairy tale that is predictable, elevated to beauty by Gore's paintings. Read full book review >
DADDY WILL BE THERE by Lois G. Grambling
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1998

"The illustrations confirm that sorrow; even the cover painting looks like a snapshot encased in ice. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Grambling (Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Read full book review >

LITTLE FARM BY THE SEA by Kay Chorao
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1998

"They leave an old metal box with change in their selling room (lined with such items as jam, honey, eggs, a scale, a sleeping cat, a bale of hay in winter, and bursting with flowers come spring), a detail that imparts a lingering note of respect for the entire endeavor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An idyllic accounting of the seasonal activities on a small family-run farm called "Smallholdings." Read full book review >
BEACH PLAY by Marsha Hayles
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"In a generous final touch, tucked away on the copyright page in the back, the message in the bottle is revealed: It's a note sent from the other side of the ocean, from a child in search of a pen pal, and signed 'Hideko.' (Picture book. 4-9)"
Hayles's salute to a day at the beach is tendered in short, high-stepping rhymes: "Splashing/Dashing/Big wave crashing." Read full book review >
THE TICKLE STORIES by Jean Van Leeuwen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1998

"Whyte catches the specifics and the sensibility in her sharp watercolors that exaggerate the details but keep the emotions true. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Van Leeuwen's bedtime book will probably keep kids wide awake, particularly if readers follow the example set by Grandpop. Read full book review >

WHAT'S HE DOING NOW? by Patti Farmer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1998

"It's her inventiveness and the lively, expressive characterization of Lewis that carry the book along; readers will appreciate the boy's naive forthrightness and his mother's delicate answers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
paper 1-55209-218-6 Lewis is expecting a new sibling, and readers follow along the journey as experienced by him. Read full book review >
SNUG by Mary Elizabeth Hanson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"Cut-paper pictures use a warm palette to illustrate curious bears in a natural setting, although Taylor is better at creating snuggly, loving scenes than suspenseful ones. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The boundless energy of a toddler is dramatized through the antics of Snug, a bear cub, and his mother. Read full book review >
TUESDAY IN ARIZONA by Marian Harris
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"The illustrations, making use of all the exaggeration of political cartoons, feature familiar details of the Sonoran Desert, and readers will have fun poring over every page, in search of the punch line that gives the deadpan text its edge. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An atmospheric tale about a prospector and a pack rat in the desert lopes along at a leisurely pace. Read full book review >
THE BEASTLY FEAST by Bruce Goldstone
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"Joyous prints and cut-outs use color, texture, and shapes, but there are also elements of storytelling not mentioned in the text: The sight of flies airlifting pies to the extravaganza is not to be missed. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In his picture-book debut, Goldstone serves up a grand meal of rhymes garnished by a colorful salsa of animal prints by Lent. Read full book review >
THANK YOU, MR. FALKER by Patricia Polacco
Released: May 1, 1998

"Polacco's disdain for all the other teachers and the students intrudes on Trisha's more profoundly heartbreaking perspective; the book lacks the author's usual flair for making personal stories universal. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An autobiographical tribute to Polacco's fifth-grade teacher, the first adult to recognize her learning disability and to help her learn to read. Read full book review >
JUST A MINUTE! by Anke Kranendonk
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 1998

"A one-joke book that falters between the premise and the punch line. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In a familiar situation, a child seeks his mother's attention. Read full book review >
CARDINAL AND SUNFLOWER by James Preller
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1998

"Readers will salute the cardinals and their sunflower. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With quiet elucidation, Preller tells the story of a family of cardinals in a city park. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >