FIRST PALM TREES by James Berry
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A rollicking, original read-aloud. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
A prophet sees a vision of palm trees in a dream, and the king offers a great reward to anyone who can make them appear. Read full book review >
NOBODY LIKES ME! by Fay Weldon
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"The happy ending, with overdue warmth between mother and child, rings true, despite the confusing set up, and Mu§oz provides raucous illustrations of parties to which every child would want to be invited. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In her first book for children, Weldon (Wicked Women, p. 417, etc.) tells the story of an angry young fellow: Rex tears up a party invitation, snarls at his mother, and splashes his sister before taking refuge under his bed. Read full book review >

ELF HELP by Margie Palatini
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"It's unfortunate for children's sharp eyes that the computer mouse is missing from three of the four scenes in which a computer is shown, even in the spread that refers to it, and hard on young techies that the Web address boasted in the subtitle fails to lead to an actual site. (Picture book. 4-7)"
From Palatini (The Wonder Worm Wars, p. 1310, etc.), a tongue-twisting tangle of cyberspeak that mars an otherwise merry tale of a mailroom elf who wants Santa's workshop to upgrade, download, and become high tech. Read full book review >
PARKS ARE TO SHARE by Lee Sullivan Hill
NATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 1997

"A gallery of small photos of the parks featured provide extra information and some follow-up questions. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
This handsome addition to the Building Blocks series introduces parks through a brief text and accompanying full-color photographs. Read full book review >
FOLLOWING THE SUN by Jenny Stow
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 12, 1997

"Furthering the appeal of the book is the personality demonstrated in the postures and expressions of the animals. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Stow, in counting-book form, depicts a notably peaceable kingdom, African animals in a gathering parade that follows the sun's course through the day. Read full book review >

WHY DID WE HAVE TO MOVE HERE? by Sally J.K. Davies
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 8, 1997

"It's a book that makes the solution to the trauma of moving one of divine intervention rather than children's own resources—no wonder so many of them rue moving day. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Davies adds nothing to the literature of displacement: William has just relocated to a new neighborhood and he's agitated—he must share a room with his brother, he can't find his belongings, his new school is an alien nation. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The stories are too short to amount to a child's daily ration of reading, but may fill out odd moments here and there. (Anthology. 2-5)"
A British import aimed squarely at the holiday gift market, with a 1998 full-color calendar on the inside of the dust jacket. Read full book review >
FLASHLIGHT by Betsy James
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"June bugs'' clinging to a screen, but many scenes repeat Marie's wide-eyed fear and illumination of homely corners of the apartment. (Picture book. 4-7)"
While staying overnight at Grandpa's, young Marie is scared once the lights are out: ``Mom and Dad are far away, in the bedroom down the hall.'' She is nervous on the fold-out couch in the living room. Read full book review >
WHEN I WAS LITTLE LIKE YOU by Jill Paton Walsh
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Puffs of cottony clouds and ice cream, rounded hills, and gently pitched hat brims add to the amiable, pastoral feel of this saunter through summer memories. (Picture book. 2-4)"
While on a seaside stroll with her grandmother, Rosie learns how things in her present-day environment compare with the olden days of Gran's time. Read full book review >
THE WOLF'S LUNCH by Olivier Douzou
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A witty volume that seems aimed over the heads of the conventional board-book audience, but that will have children giggling. (Board book. 2-4)"
In tight close-ups and by offering only one or two shapes at a time, Douzou introduces the wolf's visage piece by piece. Read full book review >
ALBERT GOES TO TOWN by Jennifer Jordan
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"McNeill's illustrations, with a retro look and sparkling with color, are ideal. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Albert takes a mystery tour of his neighbor's backyard in this salute to the workings of imagination. Read full book review >
WHAT'S THE TIME? by Anne Leblanc
NONFICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The text is merry and bright (if forgettable); Benjamin is a master of making eye contact with readers, but the real draw is the bold-faced, old-fashioned clock, to be toyed with by children of the digital age. (Board book. 3-7)"
A clock with movable hands perched above the pages of this board book allows toddlers the opportunity to mark the passage of time as Benjamin the bear goes through his day. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >