BAM BAM BAM by Eve Merriam
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"A real attention- getter, this book looks as harsh and raucous as it sounds. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An in-your-face version of a 1966 action poem, with a retro look and feel (do demolition crews still use pickaxes and sledgehammers?). Read full book review >
THE BIRTHDAY ABC by Eric Metaxas
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1995

"This bunch is a treat to behold. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The text of this alphabet book makes a nice birthday gift, but the wrappings—the exquisitely crafted illustrations—are even better. Read full book review >

WOODLORE by Cameron Miller
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"An original conception, masterfully realized. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
An elegant and informative book about the art of woodworking, the varieties of wood, and their traditional uses. Read full book review >
HEROES by Ken Mochizuki
by Ken Mochizuki, illustrated by Dom Lee
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"But Heroes is also a tribute to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all-Japanese- American regiment, and serves as a reminder of their important contribution. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Set in the 1960s, this is the story of Donnie Okada, a young Japanese-American boy, who always has to play the enemy in war games with his friends because he ``looks like them.'' His friends show off WW II medals from their fathers, but don't believe Donnie when he says his father and uncle served in the U.S. Army in Europe and Korea. Read full book review >
FARMYARD SONG by Carol Morley
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

With a repetitive rhyme, Morley introduces the sounds of animals in an imaginative look at a farmyard. Read full book review >

ZIN! ZIN! ZIN! A VIOLIN by Lloyd Moss
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Put this spirited production in front of readers before their next young people's concert, and show them just what happens after The Philharmonic Gets Dressed (Harper & Row, 1982). (Picture book. 4-10)"
A trombone pulls a long note, to which is added the bite of a trumpet, then the downdraft of a French horn—a solo becomes a duo becomes a trio—and so on until a complete chamber group of ten (one more than a nonet) is assembled. Read full book review >
A REMAINDER OF ONE by Elinor J. Pinczes
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Most children won't actually study the subject until well after they've outgrown the appeal of this book. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With a lively rhyme matched by its antic, woodcut-like illustrations, this book introduces children to the concept of division and remainders. Read full book review >
CHICKENS! CHICKENS! by Barbara Ann Porte
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Porte's storytelling and Henry's art make an irresistible combination, next to which Dunrea's elegant The Painter Who Loved Chickens (FSG, 1995) seems formal and a bit remote. (Picture Book. 4-7)"
The Guyanese artist's monochrome chicken silhouettes inspired this exuberant tale of a painter with but one subject—chickens. Read full book review >
TWO MICE IN THREE FABLES by Lynn Reiser
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"The predatory elements and pithy morals give this a sting that most preschoolers will appreciate. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Three tiny ``fables'' about two mice and the animals that try to catch them—simple sentences, simple plots. Read full book review >
CROW AND HAWK by Michael Rosen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Everything is in motion in these dynamic pictures, in this dynamic book. (Picture book/folklore. 3-8)"
Rosen, Michael CROW AND HAWK A traditional Pueblo Indian tale, spectacularly illustrated with cut-paper collages—assemblages of sharp shapes, set against blue and clay-red backgrounds that are crammed with details to pore over. Read full book review >
STRUDEL, STRUDEL, STRUDEL by Steve Sanfield
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1995

"A uniquely funny book. (Picture book/folklore. 4-7)"
A tale about Chelm—a town celebrated in Jewish folklore for the legendary idiocy of its inhabitants. Read full book review >
HOMEPLACE by Anne Shelby
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1995

This quick skip through seven generations of farmers living in the same, ever-expanding house seems less a celebration of family roots than a showcase for Halperin's distinctive talents. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >