THE DREAM PILLOW by Mitra Modarressi
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A lovely story about dreams and making new friends. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-7)"
Celeste and Ivy are next-door neighbors, but they're not friends. Read full book review >
PABLO'S TREE by Pat Mora
by Pat Mora, illustrated by Cecily Lang
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Meandering but moving story. (Fiction/Picture book. 2-6)"
It's Pablo's birthday, and he's ready for his birthday visit to his grandfather Lito's house, where Lito has decorated a special tree in Pablo's honor. Read full book review >

IS THAT JOSIE? by Keiko Narahashi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A wonderful book for reading aloud and for encouraging children to use their imaginations. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
A delightful book that uses a form of call-and-response to show real-life situations (``Is that Josie way up high on a swing?'') and the ways that Josie's imagination transforms them (``No, it's an eagle soaring high and swooping low''). Read full book review >
WHEN THE FLY FLEW IN... by Lisa Westberg Peters
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Good, solid slapstick. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
The child has a unique reason to postpone tidying his room- -four animals are asleep there, and he's loathe to disturb them. Read full book review >
THE MAESTRO PLAYS by Bill Martin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The effect is circus-like, a vertiginous celebration of sound and color. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
Two maestros play here—one with words, the other with color, form, and space—in what is one of the most visually emphatic picture books of the year. Read full book review >

MY ROTTEN REDHEADED OLDER BROTHER by Patricia Polacco
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Polacco has proved time and again that she is masterful both as illustrator and storyteller, and this book is no exception. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Patricia has an older brother who looks "like a weasel with glasses," but that's just for starters. Read full book review >
HOMER AND THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR by Robin Pulver
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A funny story about the anxieties of moving from the author of the Mrs. Toggle books. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-7)"
Homer the dog feels ``disgusted'' when he hears that his friend Mrs. Gallivant is moving from the house next door—he'll miss her biscuits, the tennis balls she threw for him, the shade tree in her yard. Read full book review >
ALVAH AND ARVILLA by Mary Lyn Ray
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Brightly illustrated in watercolors, Ray's (A Rumbly Tumbly Glittery Gritty Place, not reviewed) tale is imaginative and humorous. (Fiction/Picture book. 5-8)"
For 31 years Arvilla has wanted to see the Pacific Ocean, but her husband Alvah, a practical, 19th-century New England farmer and man of few words, says, ``You can't have a farm and travel.'' So, for 31 years Arvilla and Alvah stay home, until one day Arvilla has an idea: to build a house on wheels, put all their animals in it, and bring the entire farm with them. Read full book review >
SPACE VEHICLES by Anne Rockwell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Should kids be buying this one for their parents? (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-6)"
Using clear language and easy-to-understand illustrations Rockwell (Pots and Pans, 1993, etc.) and newcomer Brion tell us that space shuttles ride the backs of rockets to get into space but that they land like airplanes; that the ``space armchairs'' of science fiction are now regularly used by astronauts to putter around outside shuttles and fix broken satellites; that lunar rovers have wide tires so they can plow through moon dust. Read full book review >
BUT WHAT DOES THE HIPPOPOTAMUS SAY? by Frencesca Simon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A good book for introducing young children to a wider range of animals than the usual farm variety. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2-6)"
A charming book about the sounds animals make. Read full book review >
A LULLABY FOR DADDY by Edward Biko Smith
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"What does, however, are the flat, amateurish illustrations. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
A bedtime story about an African-American child, Rosie, who overhears her father singing to her mother before he takes Rosie upstairs to bed. Read full book review >
I LOVE ANIMALS by Flora McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"The minimal text, printed in big type, sounds a single note that verges on monotony, but the animals' colors and frisky postures create plenty of visual exuberance. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Huge, spread-covering portraits of smiling farm animals greet viewers in this fervent tribute from a new picture-book artist. ``I love Jock, my dog,'' McDonnell declares. ``I love the ducks waddling to the water. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >