THE AMERICAN WEI by Marion Hess Pomeranc
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Pomeranc keeps the tone light-hearted and reassuring, showing only the sunny side of coming to America—and missing some of the details found in Maggie Rugg Herold's A Very Important Day (1995). (Picture book. 4-10)"
Wei Fong and his parents have immigrated to America from China, and they're about to become citizens. Read full book review >
A SIGN by George Ella Lyon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Those who love Lyon's books will have a too-brief glimpse of her childhood; those seeking a lesson about finding one's purpose will find that and nothing more. (Picture book/memoir. 5-9)"
Lyon (Counting on the Woods, p. 115, etc.) writes of all the things she wanted to do or to be when she was a child, attempting to bring those youthful ambitions together to account for the career she ultimately chose. Read full book review >

ALICE AND ALDO by Alison Lester
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Her cheerful characters and varied, roomy compositions create instant visual appeal; the uncontrived plot and unfamiliar examples will keep even well-read abecedarians glued to the page. (Picture book. 4-6)"
"Ah ha! Alice and Aldo are awake" and ready to bounce alphabetically through a day, helping their father do the dishes, handing hay to Hugo the hare, singing in the sandbox, yawning in their yogurt, and finally catching a string of Zs. Read full book review >
JUMP! by Steve Lavis
by Steve Lavis, illustrated by Steve Lavis
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The frog offers minor funny asides on every page of this amiable outing, further buoyed by Lavis's carefree watercolors. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Lavis (Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, 1997) brings readers into the fray from the outset: ``Tiger jumping, frog jumping, let's jump too.'' A boy and his teddy bear and their frog companion visit and step out with a number of animals. Read full book review >
I TOOK A WALK by Henry Cole
NATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Still, the book conveys the notion of community and coexistence, in artwork that is delightfully fresh. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cole's book is like a quick visit to the natural-history museum; each of four triple-page spreads resembles a diorama of old—a snapshot of a particular environment and the creatures it hosts. Read full book review >

THE FABULOUS SONG by Don Gillmor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1998

In an appealing Canadian import, Gillmor takes an offbeat approach to the dreaded subject of music lessons. Read full book review >
THE PILLOW WAR by Matt Novak
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1998

"Judging from the satiric overtones and all the frowning faces, Novak has more in mind than an exercise in absurdity—but when all the participants put down their pillows, smile, and go back to bed, readers will get a confusingly mixed message. (Picture book. 5-7)"
From Novak (Mouse TV, 1994, etc.), an incomplete allegory that is something of a misfire. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE TOWN by Bonnie Geisert
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Still, the Geiserts observe and evoke the pace and rhythms of life in a prairie town with abundant affection. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This hawk's-eye view allows readers to circle over a small town during a year in which, at close inspection, apparently changeless streets and structures surrounded by flat horizons and "uninterrupted sky" yield up a host of stories, depicted in Lilliputian scale. Read full book review >
SILVER MORNING by Susan Pearson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1998

"Christiana's watercolor artwork is softly focused, but sharp lines define the setting and neatly skirt mawkishness. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Pearson's story is all atmosphere, and the mood is indigo. Read full book review >
FLIP-FLOPS by Nancy Cote
by Nancy Cote, illustrated by Nancy Cote
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Appealing beach scenes in sunny colors take the lightweight concept as far as it can go, but amiably. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The premise is a bit of a stretch, but Cote's book about the creative potential inherent in even the most unpromising article—in this case a single flip-flop'speaks for wide applications. Read full book review >
SO MANY CIRCLES, SO MANY SQUARES by Tana Hoban
Released: March 1, 1998

"Perhaps only city children will notice; aside from that, this is a tidy book, and one that puts across Hoban's undeviating message to look, and see. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hoban's wordless concept book of circles and squares is graced with thrilling full-color photographs but marred by a small, rude gesture in one picture. Read full book review >
ALFIE AND THE BIRTHDAY SURPRISE by Shirley Hughes
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Hughes's trademark illustrations capture, as always, the homey details of family life in a neighborhood where the kindness of others plays a large part in everyday events. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Alfie (The Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook, 1992, etc.) is back, and this time he wants to cheer up his neighbor, Bob MacNally, whose old gray cat, Smoky, has died. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >