FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A handsome and informative book. (Pronunciation guide; glossary; author's note) (Fiction/Picture book. 4-10)"
``Well into the twentieth century the Beta Israel [Ethiopian Jews] were so isolated, they believed themselves to be the only Jews in the world,'' explains Schur (The Circlemaker, p. 74) in a note that also mentions the flight of many of their number to Sudan and Israel in the wake of civil war and famine in the 1980s. Read full book review >
NIGHT SOUNDS, MORNING COLORS by Rosemary Wells
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"It is a mystery why the schlock was allowed to mingle with all the good stuff this book has to offer. (Fiction/Picture book. 2-6)"
Wells (Lucy Comes to Stay, p. 853, etc.) and McPhail combine on four evocations—waking, night, in the kitchen, a winter walk- -each of which is sometimes startlingly bang-on and, at other times, reaches way too far. Read full book review >

HILDA HEN'S SEARCH by Mary Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Either would grace any shelf. (Fiction/Picture book. 2-6)"
One can't help but compare newcomer Mary Wormell's Hilda Hen's Search to Christopher Wormell's A Number of Animals, 1993's spectacular counting book. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS TREE TANGLE by Margaret Mahy
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Not her best work, but average Mahy beats the rest of the pack when it comes to plain, unaffected fun. (Fiction/Picture book. 5-8)"
Veteran Mahy (A Fortune Branches Out, p. 559, etc.; The Greatest Show Off Earth, see p. p. 1412) scores again with this rhyming tale of animal mayhem. Read full book review >
A TAXI DOG CHRISTMAS by Debra Barracca
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"This book unapologetically celebrates the Christmas season, bringing old-fashioned joy to a modern Manhattan setting. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
In his fourth outing, Maxi the taxi dog (Maxi, the Hero, 1991, etc.) shares Christmas Eve with his cabbie owner, Jim- -trimming the tree, building a snowman (make that snowdog), ice skating, caroling. Read full book review >

LUCY'S CHRISTMAS by Donald Hall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A winner. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-8)"
It's 1909 in a New Hampshire farming town. Read full book review >
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

Emma and her family celebrate Hanukkah in the usual manner- -polishing the menorah, lighting the lights, playing dreidel with cousins, and eating latkes and chocolate ``Hanukkah gelt.'' As Christmas nears, Emma and her family practice its customary rituals as well, picking the perfect tree—just right for Emma's favorite ornament—decorating it with friends while sharing an assortment of holiday cookies, and then lighting the lights again. Read full book review >
ALBERT'S THANKSGIVING by Leslie Tryon
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Nothing can save this story, nothing should. (Fiction/Picture book. 5-8)"
Albert (Albert's Field Trip, 1993, etc.), the witless fowl, is out in the garden readying for the harvest. Read full book review >
CELEBRATION SONG by James Berry
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Still, a lovely poem that offers a tropical backdrop instead of a white Christmas. (Poetry/Picture book. 3-8)"
Jamaican-born poet and novelist Berry's (The Future- Telling Lady, 1993, etc.) first picture book is an ode to baby Jesus on his first birthday. Read full book review >
ARTHUR'S FIRST SLEEPOVER by Marc Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Yet another diverting adventure from veteran Arthurian Brown (D.W. Rides Again, 1993, etc.). (Fiction. 4-8)"
Arthur's first sleepover is everything it should be: He and his two best friends camp out in the backyard, eat pizza, trade baseball cards, and stay up until all hours. Read full book review >
MICHELLE CARTLIDGE'S BOOK OF WORDS by Michelle Cartlidge
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The only surprises here are disappointing. (Fiction/Picture book. 2-6)"
In this standard word book from Cartlidge (A Mouses's Diary, 1982, etc.), a family of mice are followed through some typical events: getting dressed, going to school, shopping, attending a birthday party for Brother Mouse. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY DRAGON by Carmen Agra Deedy
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Entertaining nevertheless, with snappy confections from newcomer White. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Miss Lotta Scales, the new librarian at Sunrise Elementary, is a real dragon, literally and figuratively. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >