THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF by Glen Rounds
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1993

"Absolutely splendid. (Folklore/Picture book. 1-8)"
Rounds has never won the big awards, but this gem is evidence of a marvelous talent that has produced ever stronger and subtler illustration since Ol' Paul, the Mighty Logger (1936). Read full book review >
PEEPING BEAUTY by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1993

"Grand fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Would-be ballerina Poulette practices constantly. Read full book review >

LORETTA AND THE LITTLE FAIRY by Gerda Marie Scheidl
FANTASY
Released: April 15, 1993

A pleasant, if unexceptional, story about a lonely little girl who meets a fairy just her size. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM THE ZOO! by Piotr Wilkon
by Piotr Wilkon, translated by Rosemary Lanning, illustrated by Wilkon
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1993

"There's not much plot here, but the details are imaginatively developed—especially in the illustrations, rendered in pastels with luminous white lines highlighting delectable night-muted colors and the cages' geometry as an elegant counterpoint to the action. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Though old Matthew the zookeeper has checked all the locks, somehow the animals escape to wander the city, where, to Matthew's astonishment, no one seems surprised to see them mingling with the pedestrians, while a rhino helps itself to a child's ice cream and an elephant plays in a fountain. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING HAS A PLACE by Patricia Lillie
Released: April 15, 1993

"The concept isn't developed with much logic, but Tafuri's graphic style has its usual appeal; the book might find good interactive use as toddlers explore where else these things might appropriately be. (Picture book. 0-4)"
Tafuri's illustrations for 11 phrases—"a dish in a cupboard," "a cat in a chair," "a baby on a lap," etc.- -command attention with their dynamic compositions and jewel- bright colors, but the title's premise seems more like a point of departure for discussion than a statement of where these things belong. Read full book review >

JACK THE GIANT CHASER by Kenn Compton
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 15, 1993

"Fun to share; older children may enjoy comparing this with Chase's longer tale and discussing the reasons for the changes. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Lifting the last episode of ``Jack and the Giants' Newground'' from Chase's Jack Tales (1943), the Comptons lead into Jack's exploits with a motif from the Grimms' ``Brave Little Tailor.'' Jack has hit seven catfish with a rock, but boasts that he's ``killed me seven with one blow!'' When his impressed neighbors send him off to deal with a troublesome (but gullible) giant, clever Jack's a match for him: challenged to haul the giant's bucket of water, he threatens to move the whole creek; in a knife-throwing contest, he claims he'll hurl the giant's knife over the mountain to his uncle, or not at all. Read full book review >
IT BEGINS WITH AN A by Stephanie Calmenson
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 12, 1993

"A is for apple'' alphabet. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A rhyming alphabet/guessing-game. Read full book review >
HERE IS THE ARCTIC WINTER by Madeleine Dunphy
NONFICTION
Released: April 12, 1993

"Despite the title, readers will have to turn elsewhere for hard information on the Arctic; still, well worth having for the beauty of the pictures. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The first painting sets the scene for this dramatic depiction of Arctic wildlife—a vast expanse of barren rock and wind-scoured snow under an immense sky rimmed with stars. Read full book review >
TWELVE WAYS TO GET TO ELEVEN by Eve Merriam
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: April 7, 1993

"An attractive book that invites the logical investigation of more concepts than most counting books. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From the late poet, a whimsical exploration of enumeration. Read full book review >
SHY VI by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
ANIMALS
Released: April 7, 1993

"A good additional purchase. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Violet, a quiet mouse among eight lively sibs, is too shy to raise her voice or to complain when her brother stands on her tail or her sister snores in her ear. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEACOCKS by Linda Merrill
FICTION
Released: April 5, 1993

"Still, a remarkable true story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When James McNeill Whistler finds his portrait of a princess in ``dismal surroundings'' in Frederick Leyland's dining room, Leyland agrees to let him redecorate—if he doesn't touch the costly leather wall covering. Read full book review >
ISABELLA'S BED by Alison Lester
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1993

When they visit Grandmother, the children sleep in ``Isabella's'' handsome bed and explore the trunk of South American treasures at its foot. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >