FICTION
Released: June 30, 1996

"The story's length, theme, and complexity may not recommend it to younger readers, but it will reward those school-age children just beginning to struggle to keep up with the latest fads. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Madame LaGrande is fashion's latest slave in pre-Revolutionary Paris. Read full book review >
LOOK OUT, CINDER! by Dorothea Lachner
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 1996

"This tale starts out pointless and stays there, unless the lesson is that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and in order to survive, it's best to cozy up to the right types—the bullies, in this case. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A lackluster tale of blossoming friendship without enough meat on its bones to feed a cat. Read full book review >

PENGUINS IN THE FRIDGE by Nicola Moon
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 1996

"The growth of the penguin family strains credibility slightly, but Day's lighthearted illustrations capture the chaos comically, especially Joe's creative frenzy, his quizzical mother, and all those birds. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Joe wants a pet but his mother doesn't. Read full book review >
CAN A COAL SCUTTLE FLY? by Camay Calloway Murphy
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 13, 1996

"Fun to look at, fun to play with, a fine addition to the growing list of books for children that describe art as a viable and important career choice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An exuberant and frolicsome look at the life and development of an African-American artist. Read full book review >
BABY'S BOOK OF THE BODY by Roger Priddy
HEALTH
Released: June 8, 1996

In a trademark format—crisp photographic images set against a milky white backdrop—Priddy's exploration of the baby's body, with its dozens of separate full-color photos to be pored over and mused upon, is easy for children to linger over. Read full book review >

POWERHOUSE by Charlotte Wilcox
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 7, 1996

"On the whole, however, the book casts light on what goes on inside a building most readers will never have the chance to visit. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
A guided tour of a nuclear power plant, packed with color photos of futuristic machinery. Read full book review >
YANKEE DOODLE by Steven Kellogg
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1996

"Kellogg has also provided fascinating notes about the history of the song and glosses about antiquated expressions. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
The full text of Yankee Doodle finds a perfect counterpart in exhilarating pictures of the little hero's romp through the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >
ON SALLY PERRY'S FARM by Leah Komaiko
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"Good, solid exuberance. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Sally Perry's farm is a modest spread, as readers learn only toward the end of the tale, a back forty between brownstones. Read full book review >
THE GREAT TURTLE DRIVE by Steve Sanfield
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Delicious! (Picture book. 5-7)"
A young cowhand celebrating the end of a cattle drive plumps down at Frenchy's Gourmet Eating Establishment and Pizza Parlor and is outraged to be charged $4.00 for a tiny bowl of turtle soup. Read full book review >
THE TOPSY-TURVIES by Francesca Simon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1996

The Topsy-Turvies are an unconventional lot, to say the least. ``Vern, stop eating with your fork,'' said Mrs. Topsy-Turvy. ``You know that's for combing your hair.'' They rise at midnight, don their pajamas, then enjoy their day—make that night—doing things upside down, in reverse, and backwards. Read full book review >
WAKE UP, GRIZZLY! by Wolfgang Bittner
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Mom has a nice role, too. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this beguiling work, a human father and son enjoy a flight of fancy, imagining themselves as bears. Read full book review >
THE SHOPPING BASKET by John Burningham
Released: June 1, 1996

"The ending is abrupt, but the trip is worthwhile, marked by sure pacing, quirky humor, and an airy style of illustration that belies its sophistication. (Picture Book. 3-7)"
Burningham (Courtney, 1994, etc.) adds a winner to the rest of his collection of light gems. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >