ALBERT'S FIELD TRIP by Leslie Tryon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"The book makes a fine introduction to apple farms—or to class trips—but best is following the entrancing animal individuals through the colorful, beautifully designed illustrations. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Albert's third is not quite the imaginative extravaganza of his first two (Albert's Alphabet, 1991, ALA Notable, and ...Play, 1992); it's a fairly straightforward trip to an apple farm, with the amiable duck driving the school bus. Read full book review >
MOON MOTHER by Ed Young
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Young's full-bleed art, rendered in pastels, is vibrant with sumptuous color; the dazzling, sunstruck mist of early dawn is especially arresting, and the elemental, cloudlike forms truly bespeak a universal beginning. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a lovely creation tale (drawn from Charles E. S. Wood's 1901 collection of ``Myths of the North American Indians''; not attributed to any tribe), plants come first, with no one to eat their fruits until a lonely ``spirit person'' makes animals, then ``images of himself.'' Since the men are hunters, he gives the animals defenses (most effective is the skunk's). Read full book review >

MY VISIT TO THE AQUARIUM by Aliki
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Unobtrusive labels for many species and a fervent, sensible environmental plea round out an unusually attractive and useful offering. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
A versatile author at her best, with an introduction to an aquarium she bases on several modern installations in the US. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT THE MOON CAME BY by Hans Alfredson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 28, 1993

"This offbeat Swedish book may scare timid souls, but those with stouter hearts will find the chills delicious. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Emilia doesn't believe in trolls or ``ghosts and ghastly creatures with no heads,'' but one night when the moon comes stalking on its long legs and shines through the window, her little cousin is certain he hears ``Nightlings'' in the attic. Read full book review >
BIKE by Ron Crawford
by Ron Crawford, illustrated by Ron Crawford
FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 1993

"Kids are sure to enjoy reading both and making the connections. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Told almost entirely in bold cartoons rendered in broad, energetic black lines with bright added color, a story for the newest readers. ``Bike'' is the blond protagonist's idÇe fixe: it's her message to Santa; the subject of her dreams and her art (``Mom?'' she asks, proffering her drawing); and what she spies in Dad's paper (Dad?''). Read full book review >

THE SKY by
illustrated by Ariane Dewey
Released: Sept. 23, 1993

"(Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
In boldly graphic full-bleed art and a simple text that challenges children to think and wonder, a useful concept book that explores what, actually and imaginatively, is in the apparently empty sky: sun, rain, lightning, a rainbow; birds and butterflies; kites, planes, balloons, astronauts; Pegasus, Santa Claus, ghosts, cherubim; and, ``Sad to say...soot, smog and smoke.'' The progression of color—from airy blue through several storms, a night of fireworks, another with an aurora, and back to dawn—is an especially felicitous feature of an intelligently conceived and well-designed book. Read full book review >
OCTOPUS HUG by Laurence Pringle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 23, 1993

"A likable book that's sure to start kids romping, and maybe their parents, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Mom goes to dinner with a friend and leaves them with Dad, the gaptoothed narrator and his little sister feel so out of sorts that they begin to squabble—but not for long. Read full book review >
RIVER by Judith Heide Gilliland
FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Map. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Gilliland (coauthor of Sami and the Time of the Troubles, 1992) evokes the Amazon's long course in spare, graceful prose, touching on the river's sources, celebrating its variety, and sampling the wealth of wildlife it supports. Read full book review >
SUBWAY SPARROW by Leyla Torres
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Torres's realistic watercolors, though a little stiff, capture the milieu well enough; but her simple story is ingeniously constructed, nicely paced, and altogether disarming. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Torres's first picture book, also available in Spanish (ISBN: 0-374-82756-4), is a charming multicultural vignette. Read full book review >
THE BUTTERFLY BOY by Laurence Yep
FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Not easy or entirely successful but, still, a philosophic tale with worthy and venerable roots, certainly worthy of discussion. (Picture book. 5-9)"
"Drawn from the writings of Chuang Tzu [fourth century B.C.],...the Butterfly Philosopher," a tale that explicates the idea that wisdom may lie in an altogether fresh point of view. Read full book review >
BABA YAGA by Katya Arnold
adapted by Katya Arnold, illustrated by Katya Arnold
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Excellent source note. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-9)"
A Russian-born artist draws on the classic Afanas'ev ``Tereshichka'' (here called ``Tishka'') for a disarmingly direct and authentic introduction to the well-known witch. Read full book review >
BABUSHKA BABA YAGA by Patricia Polacco
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Still, even without a more original resolution: a warm, lively tale, neatly mixing new and old and illustrated with Polacco's usual energetic action, bright folk patterns, and affectionate characterizations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The premise is promising: Baba Yaga, yearning to have grandchildren like the babushkas she espies near her forest home, disguises herself as one of them (covering her tall, pointy ears) and joins the old women chatting in the square. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >