THE RED HEELS by Robert D. San Souci
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"What an extraordinary gift for young readers: a romance that hints at the real complexity of adult love without sentimentality, coyness, or sexism. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
This original tale from San Souci (Kate Shelley, 1995, etc.), based on a colonial New England legend, makes a richly imagined and tenderly evocative love story. Read full book review >
THE WINDIGO'S RETURN by Douglas Wood
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Couch's hazy style of illustration portrays the north woods as a setting where possibility always lurks in the mist, a perfect place for tales to grow. (pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Wood (Northwoods Cradle Song, p. 302, etc.) has wisely chosen to adapt a Windigo tale that explains nature, rather than one that induces nightmares (the Windigo figures in north woods tales as everything from a monster to a symbol of men driven wild by the wilderness itself; tales about them make for classic ``ghost stories'' for around the campfire) for this book. Read full book review >

WILLIAM WEGMAN'S MOTHER GOOSE by William Wegman
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Inventive, though not for every taste. (Poetry. 3-7)"
William Wegman's Mother Goose ($17.95, PLB $17.89; Sept. 1996; 40 pp.; 0-7868-0218-9, PLB 0-7868-2231-7): The weimaraners are at it again, plundering Mother Goose for laughs in the competitive world of nursery rhymes (see Opie, above). Read full book review >
MISS BINDERGARTEN GETS READY FOR KINDERGARTEN by Joseph Slate
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"1988, etc.) makes the first day a pleasure for everyone involved. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An inviting look at the first day of school in Miss Bindergarten's class. Read full book review >
WHITE WAVE by Diane Wolkstein
adapted by Diane Wolkstein, illustrated by Ed Young
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Still, where copies are tattered, or for those who missed it the first time around, this is a beautiful volume. (Picture book/folklore. 3-7)"
Wolkstein (Esther's Story, 1996, etc.) revisits an exquisite Chinese folktale she first published in 1979. Read full book review >

MINERVA LOUISE AT SCHOOL by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Minerva Louise's goofy perceptions and enterprising spirit are sure to tickle listeners at story hour. (Picture book. 2-6)"
That inquisitive hen (A Hat for Minerva Louise, 1994) is back, in fine feather. Read full book review >
NINE FOR CALIFORNIA by Sonia Levitin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Maybe not by stagecoach. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Levitin (Evil Encounter, p. 533, etc.) finds an outlandish premise for her story of one family's stagecoach trip to California in the late 1800s, a story that also happily found Smith's winsome illustrations. Read full book review >
PIE'S IN THE OVEN by Betty G. Birney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Meade's sky-blue outlined collages are childlike and appealing, as bright as hand- painted pottery and just as welcoming as the text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A sweet celebration of family and friends. Read full book review >
SCRUFFY by Jim Brandenburg
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Scruffy's perseverance, combined with the text's conversational tone, makes the story accessible to a wide range of readers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
Scruffy is an Arctic wolf who is not fully grown and does not measure up to the other wolves in the pack. Read full book review >
A RIDE ON MOTHER'S BACK by Emery Bernhard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Many preschoolers won't sit still for all the facts, but they will love the pictures of babies sleeping, watching, participating; older children will find the information compelling and can locate more details in notes at the back. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In a work subtitled ``A Day of Baby Carrying Around the World,'' the Bernhards (The Way of the Willow Branch, p. 370, etc.) demonstrate the universal methods for keeping babies safe while people work and play. Read full book review >
OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOOD by Lydia Maria Child
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Preschoolers will find the pictures hard to read—the baby is difficult to find—and her misadventures will alarm more literal-minded toddlers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Catrow (illustrator of Kathryn Lasky's She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!, 1995) provides a pictorially updated interpretation of the journey to the grandparents' house made famous by Child's song. Read full book review >
THE FARAWAY DRAWER by Harriett Diller
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The spare, lyrical text catches the mood of such dreamy days, perfectly complemented by the realistic watercolor illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Diller (Grandaddy's Highway, 1993, etc.) shows how a sweater is more than an article of clothing to the young girl who narrates. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >