TULIP SEES AMERICA by Cynthia Rylant
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"The title is hyperbolic, but Rylant's poetic language and the art's striking forms and colors communicate equal strength and intensity of feeling. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Inspired by her own journey westward, Rylant puts a young traveler and his dog, Tulip, into a green VW Beetle and sends them from Ohio to Oregon. Read full book review >
NIGHT CITY by Monica Wellington
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"The text imparts plenty of information, offering windows on new worlds for children; all the while the little girl sleeps, secure in her vital, vibrant home town. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A prose portrait of the city at night shows all the things that go on while a little girl sleeps. Read full book review >

BANANA MOON by Janet Marshall
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"The pages of the book are thick and coated, making them durable and easy for small fingers to turn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Marshall (Look Once, Look Twice, 1995, etc.) uses die-cut illustrations as a tease, for objects glimpsed on the other side of a hole are not what they appear: Candy canes turn out to be the sails of sailboats, and salt-water taffy is transformed into the whorls of a turtle's shell. Read full book review >
CLEVER CROW by Cynthia DeFelice
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"Schindler provides nice symmetry between Crow's shiny treasures and Emma's under-the-bed box. (Picture book. 3-8)"
From DeFelice (Willy's Silly Grandma, 1997, etc.), a rollicking, rhyming read-aloud with a clever little girl and the crow of the title. Read full book review >
TWINS! by Elaine Scott
by Elaine Scott, photographed by Margaret Miller
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1998

"A fussy layout and a typographical treatment that arbitrarily emphasizes words in the text do not detract from the smiling faces of the brothers and sisters in these pages. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-8)"
A picture book on twinship, for ``singletons'' wondering what it would be like to have a double, and for all those puzzling out what it means to share, for fraternal twins, a birth date, and for identical twins, so many other features. Read full book review >

BEDTIME! by Joan W. Blos
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 1998

"The pictures are soothing but repetitious; only the conspiratorial tone between the narrator and readers distinguishes this entry from much of the bedtime-story canon. (Picture book. 1-3)"
The setting of this bedtime tale is a clutter-free child's bedroom, where a boy refuses to go to bed but soon admits to his grandmother that one of his three stuffed toys might be sleepy. Read full book review >
THE MALACHITE PALACE by Alma Flor Ada
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

From Ada (The Lizard and the Sun, 1997, etc.), an original fairy tale that is predictable, elevated to beauty by Gore's paintings. Read full book review >
DADDY WILL BE THERE by Lois G. Grambling
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1998

"The illustrations confirm that sorrow; even the cover painting looks like a snapshot encased in ice. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Grambling (Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Read full book review >
LITTLE FARM BY THE SEA by Kay Chorao
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1998

"They leave an old metal box with change in their selling room (lined with such items as jam, honey, eggs, a scale, a sleeping cat, a bale of hay in winter, and bursting with flowers come spring), a detail that imparts a lingering note of respect for the entire endeavor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An idyllic accounting of the seasonal activities on a small family-run farm called "Smallholdings." Read full book review >
BEACH PLAY by Marsha Hayles
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"In a generous final touch, tucked away on the copyright page in the back, the message in the bottle is revealed: It's a note sent from the other side of the ocean, from a child in search of a pen pal, and signed 'Hideko.' (Picture book. 4-9)"
Hayles's salute to a day at the beach is tendered in short, high-stepping rhymes: "Splashing/Dashing/Big wave crashing." Read full book review >
THE TICKLE STORIES by Jean Van Leeuwen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1998

"Whyte catches the specifics and the sensibility in her sharp watercolors that exaggerate the details but keep the emotions true. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Van Leeuwen's bedtime book will probably keep kids wide awake, particularly if readers follow the example set by Grandpop. Read full book review >
WHAT'S HE DOING NOW? by Patti Farmer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1998

"It's her inventiveness and the lively, expressive characterization of Lewis that carry the book along; readers will appreciate the boy's naive forthrightness and his mother's delicate answers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
paper 1-55209-218-6 Lewis is expecting a new sibling, and readers follow along the journey as experienced by him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >