ABC I LIKE ME! by Nancy Carlson
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Carlson's bright yellows, greens, and magentas express the joy of a child trying out a brand-new set of felt markers, and bouncy animal characters fairly vault off the pages in the sheer delight of self-expression. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The self-reliant pig, star of I Like Me! (1988), is back in a cheery companion book that celebrates the self. ``I am Awesome,'' proclaims the star-shirted pig to introduce the letter A. Mice in Swiss-cheese boxer shorts and juggling frogs join her in a romp through the alphabet. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO ATE WORDS by Thierry Dedieu
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"The illustrations are perfectly composed scrawls, poster-paint bold, and big. (Picture book. 5-10)"
An idiosyncratic tale that creates a gastronomical playground from mere words. Read full book review >

PUDDLES by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"The illustrations are full of light, color, and motion, especially in the adroit depictions of mud and water, reflections and perspectives. (Picture book. 3-8)"
From London (see review, above), a joyous celebration of a world all wet the morning after a night of rain. Read full book review >
THE HIRED HAND by Robert D. San Souci
Released: May 1, 1997

"Inspired by a small Virginia anti-slavery town for its setting and drawing from 18th-century costume with the influence of European fairy-tale art, Pinkney works his magic by blending both character and drama with the hushed tones of history. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
An African-American folktale from Southern oral tradition, first recorded in the late 19th century. Read full book review >
SMOKY MOUNTAIN ROSE by Alan Schroeder
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1997

"A particularly nice touch is that pretty Rose has ordinary brown hair, while her stepsisters, homely though they are, are the more traditionally glamorous blonde and brunette. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
Schroeder's version of this tale is based directly on the familiar 17th-century Perrault tale, but written in an Appalachian dialect and placed ``smack in the heart o' the Smoky Mountains.'' Cinderella—Rose in this tale—is the gentle daughter of a father who dies not long after he remarries. Read full book review >

DOG AND CAT MAKE A SPLASH by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Spohn's trademark simplicity is evident in the contained pen-and-ink drawings, suitable for providing picture clues for beginning readers, but lacking the zing of James Marshall's Fox books, or even of the previous book about Dog and Cat. (Fiction. 5-8)"
In this Easy-to-Read entry, Dog and Cat (Dog and Cat Shake a Leg, 1996, etc.) know how to have fun. Read full book review >
RAPUNZEL by Jacob Grimm
by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, translated by Anthea Bell, illustrated by Maja Dusíková
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Bell's translation is ideal for reading aloud. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
This rendition of Rapunzel hews very closely to the original, a familiar romantic adventure: Rapunzel's father is caught nipping rampion from the witch's garden to satisfy his pregnant wife's craving, and agrees to surrender the child to the witch to guarantee his wife's health. Read full book review >
MY DOG NEVER SAYS PLEASE by Suzanne Williams
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Still, enough readers have probably coveted their pet's setup to provide this switcheroo with a large human audience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dogs don't have rules of etiquette to follow, and Ginny Mae is envious. Read full book review >
WOLF by Sara Fanelli
by Sara Fanelli, illustrated by Sara Fanelli
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Not everyone will be enchanted; this is mostly for those who already find Fanelli's eccentricities winning. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Fanelli (My Map Book, 1995, etc.) turns the idea of the wolf at the door on its head in this offbeat story. Read full book review >
REM by Istvan Banyai
illustrated by Istvan Banyai
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 1997

"It ends with a clichÇ—it was all just a dream—but not before the images have been grounded in the real toy vehicles and dolls of the young dreamer's room. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Hold on tight—Banyai (Re-Zoom, 1995, etc.) has ``animated'' a new visual adventure that takes place behind closed eyes, where the dreamworld offers many more irrational possibilities than the realms of his earlier work. Read full book review >
KETCHUP ON YOUR CORNFLAKES? by Nick Sharratt
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 1, 1997

"Probably not, but the subtext is clever: Eating and reading are adventures—go for it. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This amusing book gives children a chance to play with their food without being reprimanded and without making a mess. Read full book review >
THE IRON RING by Lloyd Alexander
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1997

"Laugh-out-loud humor leavens the story to perfection. (Fiction. 4-8)"
A complex tale of honor and adventure, love and compassion, that shines with the dusky richness of an oriental tapestry. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >