ALICE AND GRETA by Steven J. Simmons
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Alice's side in the last scene. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The effects of artistic license become clear in this picture book from Simmons, who shows what happens to two witches who attend the same school, and are taught the same lessons, but find widely different uses for their craft. Read full book review >
FAIR! by Ted Lewin
by Ted Lewin, illustrated by Ted Lewin
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A pulsing, panoramic examination of a summertime ritual. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In sparkling, full-bleed watercolors and lively text, Lewin (Market, 1996, etc.) recreates that once-a-year phenomenon—the county fair. Read full book review >

BE GENTLE! by Virginia Miller
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"This book should have a long and happy life in veterinary offices, pet shops, and animal shelters, as well as in the usual outlets. (Picture book. 2-5)"
George, the big bear, and Bartholomew (``Ba''), the very little bear, return for another growing-up lesson (Go to Bed!, 1993, etc.), this time about how to treat a pet. Read full book review >
COUNTRY FAIR by Elisha Cooper
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"For city children, for country children—fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cooper's first children's book creates a quirky, engaging look at the sights, sounds, and scents of a country fair. Read full book review >
SHINGEBISS by Nancy van Laan
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Hand-lettered text is framed in borders inspired by the shape of Ojibwe ricing baskets, adding a rustic lure to the lore. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Van Laan (La Boda, 1996, etc.) goes to the way back time, when Shingebiss, a resourceful merganser duck, presents a challenge to Kabibona'kan, Winter Maker, who does not want him to be able to withstand the harsh winter. Read full book review >

EMMA'S ELEPHANT by David Ellwand
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A collage of fun, spontaneous-looking outtakes fills the endpapers, and may prompt children to pick up their cameras and take a few shots themselves. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Recent fans of Some Smug Slug (1996) may appreciate a different kind of animal alliteration in this book, whose pages are formed by a striking set of black-and-white photographs of kids and their animal allies. Read full book review >
BEETLE BEDLAM by Vlasta van Kampen
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A fascinating subject marred by pretension. (Picture book. 5-8)"
There's much ado about nothing in this forced-into-fiction look at the world of beetles. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"It's been done before in many other books, but this version, with its lush illustrations of a bountiful garden, is a summertime treat. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Seeds and kids start out small and grow wondrously, which may explain some of children's fascination with planting, growing, and, subsequently, exploring their environments. Read full book review >
IN THE AIR by Neecy Twinem
Released: July 1, 1997

"Sweet, but of limited usefulness. (Board book. 1-5)"
This charmingly illustrated board book in the Animal Clues series may prove confusing to the conventional board-book audience. Read full book review >
THE NUTCRACKER by David Freeman
adapted by David Freeman, illustrated by Joanna Isles
Released: July 1, 1997

"The book tells the story adequately for those on the way to the ballet, but the charm of Isles's work for A Proper Tea (1989) is lost on this one. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An uninspiring version of the famous ballet is decorated, not illustrated, with undue attention on borders, designs, and patterns, painted in attenuated variants of candy colors, and characters and action in the background. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1997

"A much livelier rendering of this story can be found in Jan Brett's Town Mouse, Country Mouse (1994). (Picture book/folklore. 3-6)"
The best thing about this rather insipid reworking of this ancient tale is its gorgeous jacket painting: full of lush detail in texture, fabric, flora, and fauna, with berries ripe enough to eat, a steaming pot, and upholstery lovingly rendered. Read full book review >
Released: June 27, 1997

"It is a lovely collection, with limited application. (index) (Anthology. 3-7)"
A must-have collection for Waldorf teachers or others already acquainted with the Rudolph Steiner philosophy of education. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >