IF YOU SHOULD HEAR A HONEY GUIDE by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An attractive, surprising, and useful volume. (Picture book/nonfiction 5-9)"
With outstanding care and restraint, Sayre (Grasslands, 1994, not reviewed, etc.) introduces this unusual bird and tells the story of symbiosis in a spare, poetic text that is also exciting for reading aloud. Read full book review >
LOOKING DOWN by Steve Jenkins
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"As with Banyai's Zoom (p. 220) and Re-Zoom (see review, above), Jenkins's original idea may have been to hurtle viewers in the direction he chose (in this case, ever closer to the scene), but the book reads equally well backwards. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Torn- and cut-paper collage pictures without words begin with a view of the earth from distant outer space and, with each turn of the page, zoom in toward the planet. Read full book review >

MOUSE PARTY by Alan Durant
by Alan Durant, illustrated by Sue Heap
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

Finding an untenanted beachside villa, Mouse moves in and throws a bash. Read full book review >
DAY AND NIGHT by Maria Gordon
NATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Such sentences will be a little bald for some readers and just plain misleading for others. (further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 5-7)"
Simple explanations of complicated concepts (nocturnal and diurnal creatures, the rotation of the earth, etc.) are presented with colorful cartoons. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Parents won't mind reading this one out loud as many times as it's requested. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A delightful story of a dog who longs for a home of his own. Read full book review >

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION by Mark  Teague
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Rip-roaring fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In an illustration bounded by neat white borders, Wallace Bleff writes ``How I Spent My Summer Vacation'' on the blackboard at school. Read full book review >
A HELPFUL ALPHABET OF FRIENDLY OBJECTS by John Updike
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"As John Updike ably demonstrates, writing an alphabet book is an opportunity no serious novelist can afford to miss. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
ABC poems and photos by a father-and-son team. Read full book review >
THE TWEENY-TINY WOMAN by Harriet Ziefert
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"For readers able and willing, try Paul Galdone's charmingly scary edition (1984). (Picture book/folklore. 5-7)"
This retelling of an old English ghost story is designated Level 2 in this publisher's Easy-to-Read series (the books at this level have so few words that they look more like small picture books than easy readers). Read full book review >
TWIST WITH A BURGER, JITTER WITH A BUG by Linda Lowery
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Others have filled the pages with dance verbs and demonstrations; this particular treatment is modern and original. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lowery (Laurie Tells, 1994, etc.) folds a drumbeat into her book about all kinds of high-stepping. Read full book review >
ADD IT, DIP IT, FIX IT by R.M. Schneider
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"The book's clean-cut, inventive graphics, a mix of full-color illustrations and photographs silhouetted on a white background, give the pages an appealing up-to-date look. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A chipper alphabet bookSchneider's firstthat demonstrates verbs by showing their effect on ``it,'' the result of an ``i'' added to ``t.'' ``It'' is boxed, climbed, dipped, and so on, right through to zipped. Read full book review >
SWIM, NUMBER NINE DUCKLING by Susan Akass
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"It provides gentle support for the reluctant childNumber Nine's anxieties are never ridiculed, and his understanding mother is encouraging, not pushy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Delushka Duck's youngest, Number Nine (Number Nine Duckling, 1993), is back, a surrogate for every child who, fearful of new experiences, decides he doesn't like an activity even before he tries it. Read full book review >
RAISING A FAMILY by Paul Bennett
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

Dramatic full-color photos of animals do not compensate for the poorly executed concepts and awkwardly written, imprecise text of this entry in the Nature's Secrets series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >