THE BIG LITTLE OTTER by Lillian Hoban
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"Hoban is perfectly in tune with the yearnings of preschoolers. (Board book. 1-3)"
Hoban (Arthur's Camp-Out, 1993, etc.) has created a honey of a board book (as well as its companion, Big Little Lion, ISBN 0- 694-00851-6) that addresses the timeworn complaint of youngsters who believe they aren't being treated like the big kids they wish they were. Read full book review >
DIGBY by Barbara Shook Hazen
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"These flaws bury the sturdy sentiments of the story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This I Can Read book is a conversation between a boy and his older sister, stylish children in ``homey,'' oversize clothes. Read full book review >

OH, CATS! by Nola Buck
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"It can't be easy to make so few words add up to so much fun, but Buck and Westcott have done it. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A book that is a pleasure to read once and again—Buck (Sid and Sam, p. 65, etc.) scores with this entry in the My First I Can Read Book series. Read full book review >
TOBY, WHERE ARE YOU? by William Steig
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"It's a charmer, for a younger audience than Steig's usual. (Picture book. 3-5)"
From early sunlit morning to candlelit evening, Toby's parents search for him throughout the house. Read full book review >
GENESIS by Ed Young
NONFICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"While not for those who want a literal illustration of Genesis, this beautiful book honors the Word and the story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young (Night Visitors, 1995, etc.), with his sure elegance, exceptional take on nuance and suggestion, and the palpable luxury of his colors, creates a compelling version of the Judeo-Christian creation story. Read full book review >

BOOM, BABY, BOOM, BOOM! by Margaret Mahy
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"One yummy book. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Wonderful whimsy and delicious silliness in this read-aloud from Mahy (The Five Sisters, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
DAISY IS A MOMMY by Lisa Kopper
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Kopper catches the mother terrier's gestures perfectly—the cleaning tongue, the ambling feet, the moment of repose—to make the connection even more immediate. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Daisy is a bull terrier and new mother, running a parallel life with a human mom: Both roust their charges out of bed, feed and clean them, watch as the kids scatter things everywhere at playtime: ``Mommy cleans up her baby's mess. Read full book review >
BEAROBICS by Vic Parker
by Vic Parker, illustrated by Emily Bolam
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Frenetic and fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This counting book, its tribal rhythm pounding through its rhyming, typographic lines, is truly aerobics on the page. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT JOURNEY by Paul Dowling
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The only problem is that the text—Nicky's various where-are-we-goings and Dad's vague answers—is not half as interesting as the engineering. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Here's a clever book—using a combination of clear acetate windows and sliding panels, Dowling plays with the transformation of darkness into light. Read full book review >
DUCKS DISAPPEARING by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"1053, etc.) that, though not her strongest work, makes some nice points about paying attention and getting help when it's essential. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In the courtyard of the motel where Willie and his mother are staying, a mother duck and eleven ducklings are poking around. Read full book review >
CAT'S KITTENS by Paul Rogers
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"This is a series of moody moments rather than a story—more of a cautious outing than a hair-raising adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For seven nights, a stray cat mothers her new kittens, teaching them the ways of the city. Read full book review >
ANGELS IN THE DUST by Margot Theis Raven
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"An author's note fills in the historical facts, while Essley's full-bleed paintings beautifully capture the reality of a hard- but-hopeful life in a world gone to wind-blown grit. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Raven's first book for children explores life in the American Dust Bowl of the 1930s as ``Great-grandma Annie'' shares her memories of childhood. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >