Released: April 1, 1996

"Above all, the seaside cottage, riotous garden, and Rylant's words evoke a life that has been—and continues to be—lived well. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Once there was a woman who was so old that she had outlived all her friends. Read full book review >
A DOG NAMED SAM by Janice Boland
Released: April 1, 1996

"An appealing tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A book that will make young dog-owners smile in recognition and confirm dogless readers' worst suspicions about the mayhem caused by pets, even winsome ones. Read full book review >

BEAR AT THE BEACH by Clay Carmichael
Released: April 1, 1996

"Clara's presence at the end musters only cold comfort. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A depressing fable about Clara's toy bear who longs in vain for a father and makes futile gestures to reach him: ``message after message in paper ships'' and a sand sculpture (``It is a hard thing to watch your father wash away''). Read full book review >
BEETLE by David Hawcock
Released: April 1, 1996

"(Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Beetle ($6.99; April 1, 1996; 8 pp.; 0-679-87566-2): This entry in the Bouncing Bugs series (other titles include Fly, ISBN 0-679- 87567-0, and Wasp, -87565-4) has pop-ups, foldout pages, and snippets of information aimed at budding entomologists about what the title insect eats, what its parts are called, etc. Too creepy for preschoolers but ideal for lower elementary children is the last spread, which, when the book covers are folded back and looped together with a covered elastic string, pops into a huge, realistically detailed bug, easily seen by the back rows. Read full book review >
RIDDLE-ICIOUS by J. Patrick Lewis
Released: April 1, 1996

"Far superior to most riddle books in merit and for the visual humor in the colorful ink-and- watercolor illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lewis (Black Swan/White Crow, 1995, etc.) offers 28 ``poems that hide/behind disguises'' and ``tickle you with/small surprises,'' each with a funny picture clue that makes most of the riddles easily guessed by preschoolers. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1996

"The shapes and forms of island life appear in minimalist blocks of primary color by Saint James that add pure sparkle to an already affecting, bittersweet text; it will encourage readers to recollect their own family members who have been, come, and gone. (Picture book. 5-9)"
English's first book employs a seamless blend of American and West African language and custom in a story about the pull of family, set in the 1950s on Daufuskie Island, off the coast of South Carolina. Read full book review >
LOST CAT by Tad Hardy
by Tad Hardy, illustrated by David Goldin
Released: April 1, 1996

"The artist portrays the cat—rightly, readers will say—as a total rascal; he's garrulous, colossally independent, and immune to all human concerns. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A big, round cat—with a face only a mother (or distraught owner) could love—gets lost. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

"A book that's worthy, but wanting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A poetic text charts the experiences of six children as they run through the Haitian countryside (``six days each week, forty weeks each year, for seven years of their short lives'') on their way to and from school. Read full book review >
I MEANT TO TELL YOU by James Stevenson
Released: April 1, 1996

"Less anchored in the long-ago than his other recent picture-book reminiscences (Higher on the Door, 1987; July, 1990; etc.), this will inspire conversations between parents and children of any age. (Picture book. 3-5)"
From a deliberately awkward first line—``I meant to tell you, before I forget''—to the final scene, in which a man, child, and dog walk away from readers down a beach, this newest intergenerational love letter from Stevenson (The Bones in the Cliff, 1995, etc.) has a wistful tone. Read full book review >
THE TOY BROTHER by William Steig
Released: March 30, 1996

"Another crowd pleaser. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Steig (Grown-ups Get to Do All the Driving, p. 640, etc.) is in fine form in this tale of the alchemist's children. Read full book review >
MARKET DAY by Eve Bunting
Released: March 30, 1996

"Although the rambling story never really meshes—this is a leisurely and chaotic visit—there's so much warmth, ebullience, and jaunty charm in Berry's good-humored paintings that every page offers a richly satisfying eyeful. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bunting (Dandelions, 1995, etc.) evokes an old-fashioned Irish Market Day in an era in which it took all day to spend a penny. Read full book review >
KENTE COLORS by Debbi Chocolate
Released: March 30, 1996

"These group portraits under generally African skies interpret the rhymes in a realistic and thoughtful way; simply composed tableaux convey a consistently strong sense of people and landscapes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As Chocolate (My First Kwanzaa Book, 1992, not reviewed, etc.) states in her introduction, kente is a bright, colorful cloth made by the Ashante and the Ewe in Ghana and Togo. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >