A SMALL TALL TALE FROM THE FAR FAR NORTH by Peter Sís
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"This denouement isn't developed much; but the unusual story and the extraordinary visual delights accompanying it are not to be missed. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In an intriguing global verso to his Follow the Dream (1991), S°s embroiders on an autobiographical tall tale, remembered by Jan Welzl (1868-1951) from his youth in Czechoslovakia. Read full book review >
FUN WITH MRS. THUMB by Jan Mark
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An elegant little charmer of a book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Poor Mrs. Thumb! Read full book review >

THE DREAMER by Cynthia Rylant
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An attractively developed concept, nondoctrinal yet reverent, that would be interesting to compare to Eric Carle's Draw Me a Star (1992). (Picture book. 4-8)"
An all-star rendition of the creation makes an appropriate entry for the Blue Sky imprint's inaugural list. Read full book review >
IRON HANS by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Young romantics will revel in the princess's fragile loveliness, the medieval pageantry, and the many meticulously rendered details. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
An unattributed translation of one of the Grimms' more enigmatic tales, in a lush edition with imaginative illustrations and intricate borders. Read full book review >
MY CHRISTMAS SAFARI by Fran Manushkin
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Twelve elephants trumpeting,'' makes a dramatic denouement to this creative adaptation; then the child and her dad head back to their tent—and, back home, off to bed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pretitle illustrations imply that this cumulative safari is imaginary, suggested by a gift of toy animals the narrator receives. Read full book review >

STORIES BY FIRELIGHT by Shirley Hughes
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"As welcome as a cozy blaze on a raw winter day. (Picture book/Young reader. 4-10)"
Another beguiling thematic collection: poems; stories— including a story-within-a-story in which a child convalescing with her mother's artist friend Morag explores a rocky coast, gets on quietly with her own drawing while Morag works, and enjoys Morag's tale of a selkie wife; a wordless ``Midwinter Night's Dream'' in which a young somnambulist sees all kinds of benign fantastical creatures lurking around his home; three fine Christmas entries, notably a British barmaid's harried response to ``A couple requiring a meal and a bed'' (``It's the wrong time of year, as I've already said;/I'd help if I could, with her in that state,/But I'm rushed off my feet and we're so understaffed...''). Read full book review >
THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE by Nancy Willard
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Not a landmark, despite the creators' credentials, but fun. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In the spirit of Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch (1991, ALA Notable), a reworking of a tale popularized, as explained here, by the poet Goethe as well as by Dukas, whose music fueled the Disney version. Read full book review >
A MOON IN MY TEACUP by Anita Riggio
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

A nostalgic re-creation of a visit to grandparents at Christmastime a generation or so ago—with carol-singing on the way, the smell of cookies in the ample Victorian home, and tea with biscotti. Read full book review >
MOVING by Michael Rosen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A familiar drama, developed with unusual sensitivity and style. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A cat that treasures its independence (``No one knows what I do./No one knows where I go'') and its freedom to choose when to join its humans (``they have me to tickle,/I have their laps'') suffers the indignities of a move. Read full book review >
I WANT TO BE by Tony  Ross
by Tony Ross, illustrated by Tony Ross
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Though the joke about contradictions between the grownups' words and actions is strung out almost too far, Ross's sly caricatures and visual innuendoes add considerable humor and subtlety to his simple-seeming story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The little princess decides it's time to grow up: ``Perhaps I should be different'' (holding her teddy over a potty) but how? Read full book review >
THE RETURN OF RINALDO, THE SLY FOX by Ursel Scheffler
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Good light reading. (Young reader. 5-9)"
A crafty malefactor (Rinaldo, the Sly Fox, 1992) once again tricks his way through several funny chapters. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS BEAR by Henrietta Stickland
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An inviting book that satisfies to the end, when Cub curls up cozily with his parents and his new treasure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Alice-like, the polar bear cub slips into a hole in the snow—and falls down, down into Santa's book-lined, toy-bedecked office. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >