THE GIRL WHO WANTED A SONG by Steve Sanfield
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Ponderous, but tender. (Picture book. 5-8)"
After the death of her parents, Marici feels alone in the world. Read full book review >
TO SEE THE MOON by Ethel Bacon
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Still, a generous and tender story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Under a new December moon, young Diane gets her first sled dog. Read full book review >

THE CIRCLE OF THANKS by Joseph Bruchac
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Jacob's stylized illustrations are an eyeful, smartly situating each of the native people in their respective landscapes. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Bruchac (Children of the Longhouse, p. 685, etc.) gathers 14 traditional Native American poems of appreciation and respect for nature's gifts. Read full book review >
HUMPTY DUMPTY by Moira Kemp
NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Readers will linger over each tableau on the page as if it were a landscape. (Pop-up. 2-4)"
Humpty Dumpty ($12.99; Oct. 1996; 10 pp.; 0-525-67540-X): Here's one version of this verse where the egg hero doesn't end up scrambled! Read full book review >
CLOUDLAND by John Burningham
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Winsomely sure-footed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A typical Burningham dreamer falls from the land of childhood into Cloudland; when he returns home he forever after longs for another taste of the land beyond. Read full book review >

DINOSAUR STOMP! by Paul Stickland
DINOSAURS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"These dinos are swell, even if they won't be around long enough to fossilize. (Pop-up. 3-6)"
Dinosaur Stomp! Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS by Ann Fearrington
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The book, without enough contrast to show either the exuberant blinking lights that punctuate the darkness or the hush of paper lanterns lining a street, acts more as a remembrance of the ritual than a conveyance of its thrills. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A family loads into their station wagon on a dark, cold Christmas night to view lights on trees, spires, apartment balconies, factories, and office buildings, then arrives home where ``last year, this year, every year, we love our own lights best of all.'' The brief text is more sightseeing than story. Read full book review >
ANIMAL ACTION ABC by Karen Pandell
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"For a stronger illustration of the same concept, see Jean Marzollo and Jerry Pinkney's Pretend You're a Cat (1990), which stretches minds as well as bodies. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The alphabet in this book functions more as a framework than it does a primer in letters. Read full book review >
SUN by Francesca Grazzini
NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Stylized collage cutouts are expressive without being cartoonish, and are friendly yet instructional. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)"
This entry and three others in the I Want to Know series simplify concepts in science and nature for the very young. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"It's classified as animal anecdotes, but don't bury it in the 590s with assignment material. (Nonfiction. 5- 10)"
In 31 anecdotes about animals he has known, King-Smith (The Stray, p. 1237, etc.) once again proves his worth as a born storyteller. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PENELOPE'S PARROT by Helen Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Any interest that Munsinger's familiar cartoon figures spark will quickly disappear beneath the heavy lesson and trite plotline. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Princess Penelope's Parrot ($14.95; Oct. 1996; 32 pp.; 0-395-78320-8): A routine, predictable morality tale: Despite selfish Princess Penelope's threats and demands, her new parrot refuses to talk—until Prince Percival pays a call. Read full book review >
BASKETBALL ABC by Florence Cassen Mayers
SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The compositions will attract sports fans and make page-turners out of those who normally just spectate. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Following on the heels of Baseball ABC (1994), another attractive, eye-catching introduction to the world of sports from Mayers, with the cooperation of the NBA. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >