SPLASH, SPLASH by Jeff Sheppard
Released: April 1, 1994

"A merry, deftly crafted book, perfect for toddler group or lap-sitter. (Picture book. 1-5)"
``A bee fell in the water,/he went buzz, splash, buzz./When a bee falls in the water,/That's what a bee does'': Jaunty verse that preschoolers will be chanting after a hearing or two is paired with stylized illustrations of animals with wide button eyes in crisp, clean collages of subtly textured paper. Read full book review >
TOO TIRED by Ann Turnbull
Released: April 1, 1994

"An entertaining tale with an unobtrusive subtext and delectable art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The sloths are on Noah's list but can't be bothered to come: ``Tomorrow,'' they mumble, going back to sleep. Read full book review >

GOING HOME by Margaret Wild
Released: April 1, 1994

"Appealing and gently insightful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Eagerly awaiting the day he can leave the hospital, Hugo turns down fellow patients Nirmala and Simon's invitations to play cards or watch TV for imaginative journeys inspired by the zoo he can see out the window. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"The story is slight and predictable, but it's smoothly told by this old pro, while the carefully crafted realistic illustrations (remarkably precise for watercolors) are sure to appeal to Henry's fans and other cat lovers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The popular Siamese returns as a stowaway on a jaunt with ``The Man'' and ``The Kid.'' When hiding below makes Henry queasy, he comes on deck to enjoy the sights (including dolphins and a whale), ascend the mast, note how the small craft is sailed, and play a crucial role in rescuing The Man when he falls overboard. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"An energetic alternative to Ted Rand's edition (1992). (Picture book. 5-8)"
LaMarche (illustrator of Melmed's Rainbabies, 1992) resets a familiar nonsense rhyme as the oceangoing adventures of a gang of cheery children. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1994

"A visually attractive offering that does pull these stories together; but send those who can handle it on to Alice Bach's meatier Miriam's Well (1991). (Bible/Picture book. 4-8)"
Subtitled Women of the Old Testament, a handsome picture book showcasing the vibrant paintings of ``an internationally known folk artist.'' Zeldis depicts well-known figures—Rebecca at the well, Yokheved hiding her son Moses, Jael killing Sisera- -in full-page art supplemented with freely drawn borders for her daughter's summaries of their stories. Read full book review >
HARRY'S BIRTHDAY by Barbara Ann Porte
Released: April 1, 1994

"Readers of earlier books about Harry will welcome this amiable sixth; again, Abolafia's cheerful cartoons reflect the spirit of disarmingly true-to-life people, with a real gift for working through problems creatively. (Young reader/Picture book. 5-9)"
Harry is eagerly planning for his party: reminding friends that he wants a cowboy hat; passing their horror stories on to Dad (Dorcas did enjoy someone else's party—where the clown was such a draw that her own, planned for the same day, had to be canceled—but she got no presents); hearing Aunt Rose's tales of birthdays long ago. Read full book review >
THE BIG BUG BOOK by Margery Facklam
Released: April 1, 1994

"Brief glossary, but scientific names aren't given. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Thirteen giant insects are briefly described and dramatically portrayed in meticulous color illustrations by the author's son. Read full book review >
BARNYARD BANTER by Denise Fleming
Released: April 1, 1994

Each in their niche—hens in the henhouse, mice in the grain bin, and so on—the animals make their traditional exclamations as the barnyard goose careens through, chasing a bright yellow butterfly. Read full book review >
MY WORKING MOM by Peter Glassman
Released: April 1, 1994

"Gammell's Monster Mama (1993). (Picture book. 3-7)"
Mother as mad scientist, mother as witch—that's what the illustrations here are all about. Read full book review >
THE HOLES IN YOUR NOSE by Genichiro Yagyu
Released: April 1, 1994

Following up on the success of Gomi's Everyone Poops (1993), Kane/Miller's latest Japanese import explores another child- intriguing topic in similar unblushing detail. Read full book review >
FLOWER GARDEN by Eve Bunting
Released: April 1, 1994

"A simple, pleasing episode with a contemporary subtext. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young girl carries a carton of potted flowers from the supermarket home and up the stairs; she and her father replant them in a window box and light candles on a birthday cake to surprise Mom when she comes wearily home from work. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >