VALERIE AND THE SILVER PEAR by Benjamin Darling
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A warm, rather long realistic story, affectionately illustrated in watercolor and color pencil; a tasty-sounding recipe for pear pie is included. (Picture book/Young reader. 5-9)"
While Valerie helps Grandpa harvest his pears and make them into pies, as Grandma used to, he holds her interest with tales of the silver pear they're sure to find among the others—just as he and Grandma did each year. Read full book review >
WILL'S NEW CAP by Olof Landstrom
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"The simple, well-paced drama here is perfectly childlike; the cartoon-style illustrations have the vibrant energy and humor of Quentin Blake, with a refreshing Scandinavian flavor. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The colorful cap is Will's pride and the delight of the admiring friends he willingly lets try it on. Read full book review >

MISTER TOAD by Clyde Watson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Charming. (Young reader/Picture book. 5-8)"
T. Tamson Toad, whose comfortable home is pleasantly situated in a garden wall (``Though Mrs. Quimby did her share of the garden work, Mister Toad always called it his garden''), is troubled by his elderly neighbor's new cat—and by a queen bee who insists on moving in with her ``entourage.'' Resourcefully, he welcomes the bees and lets them bear the brunt of the cat's next visit—so that both leave him alone thereafter. Read full book review >
THE OLD, OLD MAN AND THE VERY LITTLE BOY by Kristine L. Franklin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Fine debuts for both author and artist. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The cycle of generations in an African village: A little boy who enjoys a toothless old man's stories asks, ``Were you ever a little boy?'' and is incredulous when he's told that ``Inside this old, old man...lives a very little boy.'' Time passes, and he lives to give his own grandson the same answer to the same question, and hear him respond with the same laughter. Read full book review >
IN MY TENT by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"McCully's impressionistic watercolors nicely reflect the quiet mood and warm interaction. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
A cycle of poetic vignettes centering on the young narrator's tent (``what I like best is the color/suddenly orange/like an oriole landing/in the emerald woods/quietly saying, I'm here''), promised her during a snowfall ``On the day the twins were born.'' Most of the episodes occur during a summer camping trip: Dad's affectionately teasing wake-up call; getting a little lost in the woods; finding out that even baked beans are delicious here; regretfully taking down a spider's web with the tent. Read full book review >

MOLE AND SHREW STEP OUT by Jackie French Koller
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Kids will enjoy the amusing wordplay in the endearingly foolish Mole's exchanges with his perky little friend; Ormai brings them both, and their cozy, well-appointed woodland homes, nicely to life. (Picture book/Young reader. 4-8)"
The two appealing creatures introduced in Mole and Shrew (1991), now neighbors and firm friends, attend a ball. Read full book review >
HOME BY FIVE by Ruth Wallace-Brodeur
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Perceptive and simply told, a warmhearted story appropriately illustrated with gentle impressionistic paintings. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The rink closes at 4:30, and Papa says there will be no excuses for being late—it's only a four-block walk. Read full book review >
THE DARLING BOYS by M.C. Helldorfer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A good choice for sharing with a group. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A feminist slant on a traditional ballad or tale, ``Get Up and Bar the Door'': The baker's widow dotes on her sons, Swindle and Gyp, but—while she and their hard-working sister Vi take loaves to market—the two steal gold from the family pot and bicker until one declares that whoever speaks first must lock the door. Read full book review >
A BIRTHDAY BASKET FOR TIA by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Cecilia and her family are charming. (Picture book. 2- 6)"
Great-aunt T°a is 90, and the whole family is getting ready to surprise her on her birthday. Read full book review >
ELEANOR, ARTHUR, AND CLAIRE by Diana Engel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"With the importance it places on creativity in relationships and in working through grief, unusual and effective as well as appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Claire loves visits with Grandma, a painter, and Grandpa, a sculptor. Read full book review >
WARM AS WOOL by Scott Russell Sanders
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Based on a real frontier incident; attractive and authentic. (Picture book. 5-10)"
An Ohio family's successful effort to avoid another uncomfortable winter like their first, in 1803. Read full book review >
FOOTPRINTS AND SHADOWS by Anne Wescott Dodd
FICTION
Released: Sept. 24, 1992

"What's special here is the impressionistic double-spread art, effectively conveying the evanescence of these fleeting images with an imaginative appeal that goes well beyond the text. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Like Tana Hoban's photographic books, an exploration of related concepts through visual images—in this case, the lovely, evocative paintings of a Danish artist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >