HANNAH'S TEMPER by Celia Berridge
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1993

"A likable slice of life, exaggerated just enough to amuse small people who see themselves in Hannah. (Picture book. 2-6)"
``Hannah's in a temper;/Hannah's in a stew./She's making quite a fuss/And a huge hullabaloo...Oh, what a grumpy day!'' Indeed—sent out to play, the toddler is nipped by caged Bunny and, when she's trying to come in again, she gets caught in the cat door; she writes on a wall and throws food on the floor until finally patient Mama's in a temper too and puts her to bed. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"An attractive and effective introduction to insect identification. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
This intriguing sampling of insects has several things going for it: crisp, bright illustrations rendered in accurate detail that makes spotting the specimens pointed out in the text especially satisfying; an easy conversational style describing some of their most interesting, or visible, characteristics; additional facts that make species memorable and pique continuing interest. Read full book review >

NO PROBLEM by Eileen Browne
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Seven-piece construction kit of the airplane (with instructions) included on jacket flap extensions. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A motto observed in a researcher's lab—``When all else fails, read the directions''—sums up this tale of a mouse who's sent a ``construction kit'' by her friend Rat and assembles a wheeled vehicle (she calls it a ``Biker-Riker'') that does run- -but with an excess of unwanted ``wheelies.'' Reorganizing the parts, Badger comes up with ``Jaloppy-Doppy,'' different but no better—as is Otter's ``Boater-Roater.'' Shrew, however, finds the instructions, lays the parts out neatly, and puts together an airplane that flies them smoothly to Rat's for a birthday party. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A PRINCESS AND A PEA by Ann Campbell
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Not essential, but fun. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Concocting an awkward title based on the original plus the musical's Once Upon a Mattress (1959), Campbell updates the tale (bent on self-determination, ``Princess Esmerelda'' runs away to escape marriage to a toothless older man; ``Prince Hector'' drives a red sports car; etc.) and extends it from Andersen's page or two to a lengthy story full of whimsically satirical descriptions. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A TIME by Vivian French
Released: May 1, 1993

"After a first reading of the brief text, children will happily pore over the eventful illustrations alone. (Picture book. 3-8)"
``Not much to do. Read full book review >

BABYSITTING FOR BENJAMIN by Valiska Gregory
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"This wholesome message is appealingly packaged with amusingly wry dialogue and disarming illustrations of the irrepressible little rabbit—not only bigger than the mice but once, in a cross section of their cozy two-story home, literally everywhere at once. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Nice old mouse couple Frances and Ralph scurry about preparing for their charge—the bunny's just a baby, but bigger than they are; and though they've ``baby-proofed,'' Benjamin's leaps and ``PLAY!'' cause mayhem. Read full book review >
BABY BABOON by Mwenye Hadithi
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

With the artless-seeming economy of a folktale, another fine readaloud from the creators of Crafty Chameleon, etc.: an original tale combining pourquoi and trickster motifs. Read full book review >
GIVING by Shirley Hughes
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1993

"Endpaper vignettes introduce additional verbs; a companion title, Bouncing (ISBN 1-56402-128-9) follows the same tots through a merrily rambunctious day. (Picture book. 2-6)"
If childhood has an illustrator laureate, it must be Hughes: no one else captures emotions, concerns, and body language with such sensibility and affection. Read full book review >
THE THREE LEGGED CAT by Margaret Mahy
Released: May 1, 1993

"Allen's cheerfully bug-eyed characters, plenty big and bold enough to share with a group, wonderfully extend the merriment. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The premise may be slight, but the witty Mahy makes use of it with her usual panache. Read full book review >
HUE BOY by Rita Phillips Mitchell
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Like Hoffman's Amazing Grace (also illustrated by Binch, 1991), an extraordinarily warm portrait of a black child with a strongly positive self-image. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In her first book, a native of Belize depicts a happy, well- adjusted boy with only one problem: in his village, his small size is ``big news.'' Mama urges him to eat; Gran gives him big clothes to grow into; a neighbor suggests stretching exercises; the ``wisest man,'' the doctor, and the healer are consulted, but, still, Hue Boy doesn't grow ``at all, at all.'' But when tall papa, who's been away on the ship where he works, finally comes home, he doesn't even mention Hue Boy's size—and then Hue Boy ``walked tall, with his head held high...And he didn't feel small at all, at all.'' The simple, engaging story conveys its message quietly, but effectively. Read full book review >
GARTH PIG STEALS THE SHOW by Mary Rayner
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Told with Rayner's usual brisk good humor and nicely illustrated with deftly drawn, lively, and cheerfully resourceful pigs: a funny story with just enough suspense, sure to star with groups and independent readers alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A welcome return for little Garth and his big family; here, they've formed a band and are in concert with the help of a ringer, a lavender-gowned sousaphonist easily recognized (though not by the Pigs) as a wolf. Read full book review >
ARCTIC SPRING by Sue Vyner
by Sue Vyner, illustrated by Tim Vyner
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

Several animals (arctic hare, arctic fox, ringed seals, narwhal, some unidentified birds) begin their spring cycles of activity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >