STUFFER by Peter Parnall
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 1992

"A quality successor to C. W. Anderson. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A realistic horse-story about the life of a modern-day Black Beauty. Read full book review >
THE CELLAR by Ellen Howard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 30, 1992

"Ten appealing full-page b&w illustrations, not seen in final form. (Fiction. 4-9)"
Four brief chapters outline a single troublesome day from the point of view of the middle daughter in the midwestern family that has appeared in several books (Edith, Herself, 1987), skillfully capturing the dynamics of Faith's position when she was the youngest, with a motherly older sister (Alena) and two brothers. Read full book review >

THE FOLKS IN THE VALLEY by Jim Aylesworth
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 30, 1992

From ``Alarm clocks ring;/It's almost dawn'' to ``Z's the sound/Of their well-earned rest;/They sleep in peace./Their lives are blessed,'' a daylong depiction of a picturesque way of life. Read full book review >
TREES by Harry Behn
by Harry Behn, illustrated by James Endicott
NATURE
Released: April 30, 1992

"It's a nice poem, certainly worth remembering, but this edition seems extraneous. (Poetry/Picture book. 3-8)"
With so much going for it, this ought to be a winner: trees are close to all good hearts; Behn is a fine poet who deserves wider recognition; and Endicott's stylized illustrations, artfully combining Japanese references and precision with bits of realistic detail—all in gorgeous, sophisticated colors—are striking. Read full book review >
COLOR by Christina Rossetti
POETRY
Released: April 30, 1992

"Unusually attractive and useful. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A long-loved poem provides a quality text for an introduction to the rainbow colors plus pink and white. Read full book review >

JOSIE SMITH AND EILEEN by Magdalen Nabb
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Young reader. 5-10)"
``...even if Eileen was horrible sometimes, she was still Josie Smith's best friend,'' concludes this fourth book about a little girl who lives with her mother in an English village. Read full book review >
STREET RHYMES AROUND THE WORLD by Jane Yolen
Released: April 30, 1992

"A grand resource for preschool caregivers or older children. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Sixteen countries plus the Native American Cheyenne are represented in this attractive oversize collection of counting rhymes and other traditional games, each with a double spread that includes two or more rhymes illustrated by an artist who still lives in the country. Read full book review >
CUSTER by Deborah King
ANIMALS
Released: April 29, 1992

"Like Parnall's Stuffer (below), a treat for horse lovers and art lovers; of the two books, this has more warmth and appeal. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Young Custer is perfectly happy on a farm where he snitches food from the farmhouse kitchen and enjoys the company of cows. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT SPOT by Robert J. Blake
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 29, 1992

"The interplay between parent and child, each dedicated to his own valuable pursuit, is as appealing as the lovely play of light through trees and water. (Picture book. 4-9)"
An illustrator who made a fine debut with his oil paintings for Weller's Riptide (1990) turns to watercolor for his own story about an artist on a woodland expedition with his son. Read full book review >
THE GREEN GOURD by C.W. Hunter
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 29, 1992

"A real, well- paced story; good fun. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
``Never pull a green gourd afore it's ripe, or it'll witch ye sure.'' The old woman knows this bit of lore, but since she's lost her only dipper in the rushing stream where she gets water, she risks picking one. Read full book review >
BRAVO, TANYA by Patricia Lee Gauch
FICTION
Released: April 29, 1992

"A lovely, warm story about dancing, learning, and respecting one's own unique identity while adapting to an activity with established rules. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The beguiling preschooler who won the right to go to dancing lessons with her big sister in Dance, Tanya (1989) discovers that the class poses an unexpected challenge: distracted by the teacher's claps and her loud counting voice, Tanya has trouble following the music. Read full book review >
THE KEYS TO MY KINGDOM by Lydia Dabcovich
POETRY
Released: April 28, 1992

"A straightforward-looking presentation of an old favorite with a couple of nice extra dimensions. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-8)"
The traditional chant appears here in three languages (English, French, Spanish) and is given a new ``key'': artist's tools, wielded by a pigtailed young artist who can be found in each picture, following the route described and finally arranging the flowers in the basket and using her paints to depict what she has seen. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >