WATCHING WATER BIRDS by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Remarking on his own drawings, the author encourages readers to copy his illustrations in addition to sketching birds outdoors, taking this bird lesson a step beyond mere identification. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
A cross between a naturalist's diary of backyard observations and a guide to identifying water birds, for newcomers or for pint-sized veterans of duck-feeding at the local pond. Read full book review >
TUBA LESSONS by T.C. Bartlett
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Whimsical animals and ingenious compositions provide more fun, but this is serious art: Felix plays maestro to Bartlett's utterly childlike notions. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Music soothes the savage beast in this near-wordless picture book about a boy on his way to a tuba lesson. Read full book review >

IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT by Max Haynes
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The bold drawings feature the heavy black lines found in many board books, but with more sophisticated shapes; Haynes plays with the signs, racing stripes, and the checkerboard curve of a track, fully conveying you-are-there immediacy to children. (Picture book. 3-5)"
As if from a movie camera's viewfinder, a fantasy drive in a hot little car enfolds. Read full book review >
THE LOST AND FOUND HOUSE by Michael Cadnum
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Rather than attempting to jolly young readers through a common childhood experience, the story explores the emotional landscape with restraint and respect. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cadnum (Edge, p. 797, etc.), known for his complex and challenging novels, proves equally adept at picture-book length in this quietly ruminative story about moving. Read full book review >
THE PAPER DRAGON by Marguerite W. Davol
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It all comes together in a vibrant and surprising work. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From Davol (Batwings and the Curtain of Night, p. 379, etc.), an ambitious folk tale set in China. Read full book review >

ANASAZI by Leonard Everett Fisher
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Moody sepia illustrations, with highly contrasted areas of light and shadow, lend an ancient feel and just the right note of mystery. (map, chronology) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Fisher (Niagara Falls, 1996, etc.) admirably cobbles together a picture of Anasazi life from the mere fragments of culture that have weathered the centuries. Read full book review >
ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE AT THE NIGHT OWL THEATER by Ann Hayes
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Not only a painless overview of theatrical presentations, it's also quietly inspiring—readers will be tempted to stage a production of their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A terrific introduction to the staging of a play. Read full book review >
FIREFLIES by Alice Hoffman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The message isn't very subtle, the telling is long and windy, but there are those who will find comfort in these pages. (Picture book. 5-8)"
As in Hoffman's novels for adults (Here on Earth, p. 824, etc.), this picture book takes place where the ordinary and the extraordinary intersect—a pseudo-fairytale in which the town bumpkin makes good. Read full book review >
NOAH'S ARK by Heinz Janisch
adapted by Heinz Janisch, translated by Rosemary Lanning, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Eccentric, if not cohesive, and appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This unusual telling of a familiar story begins lyrically: ``It came to pass in the days when giants strode the earth and were heroes among men, God saw that His people had grown wicked. Read full book review >
BARNYARD BIG TOP by Jill Kastner
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Great fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's just another day on the farm for Ben and his pig, Clarence, until Uncle Julius arrives with his Two-Ring Extravaganza. Read full book review >
STOMP, STOMP! by Bob Kolar
by Bob Kolar, illustrated by Bob Kolar
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It's not very substantial, otherwise, although the color scheme—lime, aqua, and purple—of the wet-on- wet watercolors seems as willfully crazy as the small hero. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In about three dozen words, Kolar chronicles the noisy progress of a small green dinosaur who is stomping his (or her) way through the neighborhood. Read full book review >
``I CAN'T TAKE YOU ANYWHERE!'' by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Kaminsky's characters—with their outsized heads, great doe eyes, and bad hair—have an immediate appeal, although Amy Audrey is the only one who, by her small stature, really stands out from the pack. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Amy Audrey Perkins, the pint-sized protagonist of this picture book from Naylor (Saving Shiloh, p. 1114, etc.), is a fumble-fist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >