MY BROWN BEAR BARNEY IN TROUBLE by Dorothy Butler
ANIMALS
Released: March 22, 1993

"Just right for the lap-sitter or preschool group. (Picture book. 3-7)"
For six days, constant companion Barney (a teddy bear) is in the thick of every one of his small mistress's misdemeanors: on Monday, they fall into the same mud; on Thursday, Barney somehow gets on the library escalator and has to be chased; and so on- -each escapade a normal part of an active preschooler's day of discovery. Read full book review >
SOPHIE AND SAMMY'S LIBRARY SLEEPOVER by Judith Caseley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 22, 1993

"An inspiring bedtime story, for home or library. (Picture book. 4-8)"
New reader Sophie is enchanted by the bedtime story hour at the library, but can't help thinking little Sammy would have enjoyed it too; unfortunately, Sammy's love of books is still expressed by ripping, throwing, and stepping on them, so their mother didn't let him go. Read full book review >

NONFICTION
Released: March 22, 1993

"Clark's beautifully painted, charmingly witty watercolors add to the humor on almost every well-designed page. (Anthology. 4-10)"
In the manner of Cecil and Clark's three other thematic anthologies (e.g., Boo!, 1990), seven poems and six stories, virtually all from well-known sources, though the selections (e.g., Thackeray's verging-on-gruesome ``Little Billee'') are often less familiar than the authors (including Lear, Mahy, Farjeon, and Kipling). Read full book review >
HOW THE SEA BEGAN by George Crespo
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 22, 1993

"Useful addition. (Folklore/Picture book. 5- 10)"
Crespo, ``who bases his paintings...on elements of mythology from African, Latin American, and Caribbean cultures,'' debuts with a creation myth recorded, at Columbus's request, in what is now the Dominican Republic. Read full book review >
SOMEDAY A TREE by Eve Bunting
Released: March 22, 1993

"Deliberately poignant but more plausible and skillfully written than most of the recent spate of consciousness-raising books about trees; Himler's sensitive, evocative watercolors make a fine complement to the lyrical, perceptive text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The team who collaborated on The Wall (1990) and Fly Away Home (1991, both ALA Notables) takes on another contemporary issue in a story about a beloved tree, an ancient oak, succumbing to pollutants. Read full book review >

THE DRAGON'S PEARL by Julie Lawson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 22, 1993

"A well-told tale, effectively celebrating the benevolent Chinese dragon and set in splendid format. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In her first US publication, Canadian Lawson draws on Chinese motifs for a gentle tale with the cadence and flavor of folklore. Read full book review >
TRADE-IN MOTHER by Marisabina Russo
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 22, 1993

"Russo's simple dialogue nicely reflects a child's sense of injustice at normal constraints, while her attractive illustrations, formed of flat areas of bright, subtly harmonizing colors, reinforce the realistic story's warmth and sense of security. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Max is having a frustrating day, and it all seems like Mama's fault: she's the one who makes him wear his jacket, won't let him stay alone while she runs errands, and insists on washing his hair. Read full book review >
STONE MEN by Nicki Weiss
by Nicki Weiss, illustrated by Nicki Weiss
RELIGION
Released: March 22, 1993

"The terror—never so easy to foil—is omitted; but the tale of loner-turned-hero is appealing; the introduction to the setting is appropriate for its audience; and the beautifully composed illustrations are truly lovely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Old Isaac, a peddler with a reputation for being a little odd, pushes his cart without even a donkey for company, talking only to stone figures he builds on his way from village to village. Read full book review >
SKIN, SCALES, FEATHERS, AND FUR by Mark J. Rauzon
ANIMALS
Released: March 18, 1993

"Useful beginning science. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
By a wildlife biologist, an attractive simple introduction to the different outer coverings of a broad selection of animals and their various functions and adaptations: camouflage, protection, a warning to predators, attraction for mates, etc. About three-fourths of the space here is given to excellent color photos (not credited; are they by the author?) of different species, sometimes in close-up or with magnified detail, simply captioned with the animal's species. Read full book review >
BLESSED ARE YOU by Michelle Edwards
NONFICTION
Released: March 18, 1993

"These vigorously limned, unabashedly homely kids might be cousins of the ones in Edwards's Alef-bet (1992); again, the bright, harmonious colors and the warmth and energy of the design bespeak a productive, loving, and devout family. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2-8)"
Thirteen brief prayers in Edwards's translations, which she uses with her own children, plus the original Hebrew and a transliteration, all appearing on versos elaborately bordered with a vine-like motif that echoes the Hebrew script and also incorporates appropriate symbols—e.g., for the prayer beginning, ``God, grant us peace and goodness,'' Edwards includes a dove, a rainbow, and a menorah. Read full book review >
OLD BET AND THE START OF THE AMERICAN CIRCUS by Robert M. McClung
ANIMALS
Released: March 16, 1993

"Kelly achieves an appropriately old-time flavor with energetic illustrations whose cheerful characterizations and careful definition of forms recall the Petershams. (Young reader/Picture book. 5-10)"
Even before Barnum, there was Bailey: Hackaliah Bailey, an entrepreneur who, in 1808, purchased an elephant from a sea captain and took her back to his farm in Somers, New York, where he housed her in his barn, exhibited her to neighbors, and then took her on the road. Read full book review >
MY ISLAND GRANDMA by Kathryn Lasky
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 16, 1993

"A book that ranks high in a frequently exploited genre. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Yet another summer idyll with a grandparent—this one notable for lyrical yet unsentimental language depicting an independent, warmhearted woman and for the bracing realism of its detail. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >