ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Pair this with Ann Morris's The Baby Book (1995), which depicts a similar range of activities among human babies in full-color photographs, or Ron Hirschi's A Time for Babies (1993), which looks at wild animal offspring. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
Subtitled ``How All Sorts of Babies Grow and Develop,'' this is an overview, in simple text and softly colored drawings, of the universal experiences of infancy that humans share with other species: gestation, birth, crying, sleeping; being carried, cleaned, and fed; learning to walk (or swim or fly), explore, and play. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT COUSIN ERNIE'S HEAD by Matthew McElligott
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The mixed media artwork, too, shows promise; the kitchen-sink inclusion of visual asides demonstrates the artist's energy and enthusiasm, but doesn't add up to a funny whole. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The sole child in this story is the unnamed narrator who dreads Thanksgiving with his combative relatives. Read full book review >

IN THE JUNGLE by Kate Burns
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The gregarious drawings are aimed at young viewers, whose only frustration may be the stiffness of some of the paper engineering. (Pop-up. 3-5)"
In The Jungle ($9.95; Oct. 1996; 14 pp.; 0-316-11821-4): Tangerine orangutans, banana-billed toucans, and other jungle critters flit, scamper, and hide in the green leaves of this pop-up jungle. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN IN THE MOON by Jama Kim Rattigan
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Both tapa-making and the setting provide attractive motifs for Golembe's primitive artwork, deliberately evoking Gaugin, and rendered in gouache with sea urchin purples and hibiscus pinks as delectable as spun sugar. (notes, glossary) (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
An embellished retelling—subtitled ``A Story from Hawai'i'' and rooted in Hawaiian mythology—by Rattigan (Dumpling Soup, 1993) of how the woman goddess Hina came to live in her true home in this alternative to the man-in-the-moon concept. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE PRIMER A TO Z by Caroline Stutson
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"It's extremely old-fashioned in sensibility and may not find an audience among the rough-and-ready preschool set. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Stutson's rhyming alphabet book works its way over the prairie landscape. Read full book review >

TABITHA by Carol Ann Timmel
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Kelly's detailed watercolors ably assist the story and add their own touches of humor. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Timmel tells, in the omniscient third-person, the true story of her cat's disappearance during a flight from New York to Los Angeles. Read full book review >
A LION NAMED SHIRLEY WILLIAMSON by Bernard Waber
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Humor with bite, as it were, given substance by the playful artwork. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lionness bound for a zoo is dubbed Shirley Williamson due to a bad phone connection. Read full book review >
JOSEFINA by Jeanette Winter
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

Winter returns to the bordered acrylic vignettes that she mastered in Diego (by Jonah Winter, 1991) for another story inspired by the life of a Mexican artist. Read full book review >
ELEANOR by Barbara Cooney
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An author's note supplies other relevant information. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
"From the beginning the baby was a disappointment to her mother," Cooney (The Story of Christmas, 1995, etc.) begins in this biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Read full book review >
TUMBLEWEED CHRISTMAS by Alane Ferguson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A nice touch at the end comes when another stranded couple appears on the horizon, walking beneath a bright star with their baby, a soft-pedaled reminder of the first Christmas. (Picture book. 4-7)"
From Ferguson (Poison, 1994, etc.), the story of Scotty and his mother, who are driving across the desert to their Christmas destination when their car breaks down. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS WITH TEDDY BEAR by Jacqueline McQuade
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Starring a hero who is a close relation of Jane Hissey's Old Bear (1986), this is a small, affectionate book. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Christmas With Teddy Bear ($12.99; Oct. 1996; 32 pp.; 0-8037-2075- 0): Teddy Bear and his pet cat anticipate and then celebrate a very traditional (but quite secular) Christmas. Read full book review >
WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG by Margaret Mayo
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An afterword identifies the sources of these treasures. (Folklore. 5-10)"
In a short foreword to this volume, subtitled ``Creation and Pourquoi Tales,'' Mayo (Magical Tales from Many Lands, 1993, etc.) offers readers a clear, simple explanation of the importance of such stories in every culture. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >