MY GRAN by Debbie Boon
by Debbie Boon, illustrated by Debbie Boon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1998

"The rollicking, festive rhythm makes the final line, 'I love her,' superfluous, but joy bursts forth from these pages, in the form of poppies and sunflowers, striped laundry on the line, and juicy tomatoes on the table. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Boon's first book is replete with vibrant paints that swoosh, crinkle, and glow across pages in which a young girl sings a paean to her grandmother. Read full book review >
A HOME FOR SPOOKY by Gloria Rand
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Although Annie wears a modern bike helmet and her brother uses the ubiquitous 'Whatever,' as a response, both text and art have an old-fashioned feeling; this heartwarming tale is given a flat- footed treatment. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this tender but slim story, Annie saves a starving stray dog's life. Read full book review >

I LOVE YOU, LITTLE ONE by Nancy Tafuri
Released: March 1, 1998

"A book for quiet times, for sharing one-on-one. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Six beautiful mother-and-baby animal pairs—some rendered larger than life size—and one human mother and child play variations on the theme "I will always love you." Read full book review >
BALLPARK by Elisha Cooper
SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Sports fans or not, spectators or athletes, children will be engaged for the full nine innings. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A second picture book from Cooper (Country Fair, 1997), cataloging the timeless pleasures of baseball. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN WEI by Marion Hess Pomeranc
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Pomeranc keeps the tone light-hearted and reassuring, showing only the sunny side of coming to America—and missing some of the details found in Maggie Rugg Herold's A Very Important Day (1995). (Picture book. 4-10)"
Wei Fong and his parents have immigrated to America from China, and they're about to become citizens. Read full book review >

A SIGN by George Ella Lyon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Those who love Lyon's books will have a too-brief glimpse of her childhood; those seeking a lesson about finding one's purpose will find that and nothing more. (Picture book/memoir. 5-9)"
Lyon (Counting on the Woods, p. 115, etc.) writes of all the things she wanted to do or to be when she was a child, attempting to bring those youthful ambitions together to account for the career she ultimately chose. Read full book review >
ALICE AND ALDO by Alison Lester
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Her cheerful characters and varied, roomy compositions create instant visual appeal; the uncontrived plot and unfamiliar examples will keep even well-read abecedarians glued to the page. (Picture book. 4-6)"
"Ah ha! Alice and Aldo are awake" and ready to bounce alphabetically through a day, helping their father do the dishes, handing hay to Hugo the hare, singing in the sandbox, yawning in their yogurt, and finally catching a string of Zs. Read full book review >
JUMP! by Steve Lavis
by Steve Lavis, illustrated by Steve Lavis
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The frog offers minor funny asides on every page of this amiable outing, further buoyed by Lavis's carefree watercolors. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Lavis (Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, 1997) brings readers into the fray from the outset: ``Tiger jumping, frog jumping, let's jump too.'' A boy and his teddy bear and their frog companion visit and step out with a number of animals. Read full book review >
I TOOK A WALK by Henry Cole
NATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Still, the book conveys the notion of community and coexistence, in artwork that is delightfully fresh. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cole's book is like a quick visit to the natural-history museum; each of four triple-page spreads resembles a diorama of old—a snapshot of a particular environment and the creatures it hosts. Read full book review >
THE FABULOUS SONG by Don Gillmor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1998

In an appealing Canadian import, Gillmor takes an offbeat approach to the dreaded subject of music lessons. Read full book review >
THE PILLOW WAR by Matt Novak
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1998

"Judging from the satiric overtones and all the frowning faces, Novak has more in mind than an exercise in absurdity—but when all the participants put down their pillows, smile, and go back to bed, readers will get a confusingly mixed message. (Picture book. 5-7)"
From Novak (Mouse TV, 1994, etc.), an incomplete allegory that is something of a misfire. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE TOWN by Bonnie Geisert
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Still, the Geiserts observe and evoke the pace and rhythms of life in a prairie town with abundant affection. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This hawk's-eye view allows readers to circle over a small town during a year in which, at close inspection, apparently changeless streets and structures surrounded by flat horizons and "uninterrupted sky" yield up a host of stories, depicted in Lilliputian scale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >