GOOD KNIGHT by Linda R. Rymill
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 1998

"The short, rhymed text appears in varied sizes and weights on Karas's full-spread paintings; the child, with his stubby body stubbornly tilted against the visual flow, moves in and out of imaginary worlds that are depicted with dramatic colors and strong, jagged lines. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Rymill captures a nearly universal domestic ritual in her picture-book debut: the nightly struggle to get a reluctant child into bed. Read full book review >
BRAVE HORACE by Holly Keller
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"He's not original—the rascal who summons the courage to do the right thing—but he is charming. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Keller (Merry Christmas, Geraldine, 1997, etc.) brings the young leopard, Horace, back to the page, this time as the invitee to a monster-movie party. Read full book review >

VROOM, CHUGGA, VROOM-VROOM by Anne Miranda
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"While the book has some value for preschoolers as practice in number recognition, the static illustrations put it outside a winner's circle that would include Thacher Hurd's Zoom City (p. 197), Tres Seymour's Smash-Up Crash-Up Derby (1995), or Donald Crews's Bicycle Race (1985). (Picture book. 4-5)"
Wide-eyed and grinning, 20 cars line up for a race—-and they're off, burning rubber, swerving into walls and each other, shedding parts, crawling off the track with tongues hanging out. Read full book review >
TO FLY by Lucia Scuderi
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Repeated folding will put a strain on this book in an institutional setting, but the humor of the birds' expressions and the bold and stylized art easily recommend this for the board-book set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An extremely brief text describes the comical adventures of baby birds learning to fly, while several fold-out pages dramatize the action. Read full book review >
THE LONG-NOSED PIG by Keith Faulkner
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"All the protuberant pop-ups, some bright colors, and lively art—the dirt smudges that begrime the pig are cleverly made from brown fingerprints across the pink paint surface—keep everything trotting merrily along. (Pop-up. 2- 6)"
A companion to The Wide-Mouthed Frog (1995) that is not as funny, but fans of the first book will want to get their hands on this one to see what pops out at them. Read full book review >

THE HATMAKER'S SIGN by Candace Fleming
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Adding considerably to the charm of the book are Parker's ink-and-watercolor illustrations, with a sketched, fleeting quality that seems to summon the events from history and renders them with immediacy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Thomas Jefferson was feeling stung. Read full book review >
SLOTH'S SHOES by Jeanne Willis
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Readers are bound to enjoy the amusing, offbeat party preparations. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's Sloth's fifth birthday, and all the animals pitch in to plan the party of the year. Read full book review >
NOTHING by Mick Inkpen
by Mick Inkpen, illustrated by Mick Inkpen
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Readers searching for deep meanings will find plenty to ponder, especially in the perfect balance between the profoundness of Nothing's mission and the humor of the text. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this delightful tale from Inkpen (Wibbly Pig Makes Pictures, 1995, etc.), the circle goes unbroken when a ratty and abandoned stuffed toy recalls its own true self. Read full book review >
THE GRUMPY MORNING by Pamela Duncan Edwards
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Labrosse's sunny drawings match Edward's happy rhyme and its amiable female lead; the only aspect that may be off is the title—the players are never discontented enough to qualify as really, truly grumpy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When the farmer oversleeps, it's not her alarm clock that awakens her, but a cacophony of grumpy barnyard animals. Read full book review >
ISADORA DANCES by Rachel Isadora
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1998

"A succinct, compelling glimpse of a dancer and dreamer who substantially altered the prevailing restrictions of her time, simply by following her heart. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Objecting to standing on her toes as a child at dance lessons, and organizing a ``school of dance'' with paying pupils before she was ten, Isadora Duncan (18771927) will enchant readers even before they learn how she changed dance forever. Read full book review >
COUNTING ON THE WOODS by George Ella Lyon
NATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Neither a true counting book, nor a strictly informational book, nor a story, this succeeds in all its riveting detail as a tribute to a place that both author and photographer hold dear. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A book organized around a counting theme features crisp, close-up photography—in colors so vivid, they hardly seem real- -to celebrate the beauty of a forest in Kentucky. Read full book review >
DESTINATION: JUPITER by Seymour Simon
NATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"As in the original, the pictures are large and focused; the book is a return trip not to be missed. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
An updated version of Simon's 1985 book with more spectacular full-color photographs and much more recent information. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >