WIPE YOUR FEET by Daniel Lehan
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"An offbeat story with sly good humor and a genuinely childlike point of view. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
A much stronger second by the author-illustrator of This is Not a Book About Dodos (1992), again sporting with the creative process—particularly with the relationship between subject and picture. Read full book review >
THE TWO O'CLOCK SECRET by Bethany Roberts
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"In a simple, realistic text, Roberts does a fine job of building both the anticipation and the concept of keeping a secret, ably abetted by Kramer's cheery pencil and watercolor art depicting a lively and affectionate middle-class family. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When it comes to keeping secrets, Little Michael has a poor track record; but this time he's doing his best not to tell Dad that he's getting what he wants most of all for his birthday: Dad's brother, who has been away for two years in the Navy, will be here just in time for the family celebration. Read full book review >

CHICAGO AND THE CAT by Robin Michal Koontz
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"With funny, natural-sounding dialogue and simple but nicely animated illustrations: an unusually appealing early chapter book. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Four brief chapters about a pleasingly plump bunny and the assertive cat who, uninvited, moves in with her one snowy night. ``All I have is lettuce, carrots...no cat food,'' Chicago points out. Read full book review >
WHY DUCKS SLEEP ON ONE LEG by Sherry Garland
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Garland's narration is lively and clear; the Tsengs (The Seven Chinese Brothers, 1990, ALA Notable) provide vibrant watercolor double spreads in saturated purple and green, red and gold, outlined in broad, boldly telling black. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-9)"
A long, somewhat convoluted Vietnamese pourquoi tale that begins, oddly enough, with three ducks with just one leg each. Read full book review >
THE PICNIC by Ruth Brown
by Ruth Brown, illustrated by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A charming book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A gifted illustrator (Our Puppy's Vacation, 1987) who is especially adept at depicting the English countryside takes the point of view of the animals living just under some sudden human activity. Read full book review >

THE OWL WHO BECAME THE MOON by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"More a lullaby than a story; slight, but attractive. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two themes—a ride on a steam train beneath a full moon, and the wild animals that might be ranging through the snow-covered mountains beyond the train's windows—are linked in a simple, poetically evocative text in which the owl rather enigmatically ``sits on a limb/and winks and whoos/and becomes the moon''; several of the animals curl up in their burrows and fall asleep; and the train goes on its way, its sounds contrasting with the otherwise prevailing silence. Read full book review >
DOWN IN THE SEA: THE JELLYFISH by Patricia Kite
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Published simultaneously: Kite's similar Down in the Sea: The Octopus. (Nonfiction. 3-8)"
Adults sharing these handsome color photos with preschoolers or new readers will want to begin with the informative note at the end, which substantially amplifies the elementary, determinedly spritely text, prone to condescending asides (``Do not poke it. Read full book review >
ZOO by Anthony Browne
by Anthony Browne, illustrated by Anthony Browne
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A provocative look at the darker side of family dynamics. (Picture book. 4-10)"
From the author of Piggybook (1986), another powerful exploration of the family scene with a similar family of four: massive, boorish Dad, riding roughshod over everyone; quiet little Mum, a pained but helpless observer; the narrator and his younger brother, endlessly squabbling instead of looking at the caged animals they've come to see. Read full book review >
WHEN I'M ALONE by Carol Partridge Ochs
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 22, 1993

"In Redenbaugh's color-pencil art, too, the child is full of wholesome vigor, while the nicely characterized animals add to the humor, and Mom's indulgent skepticism helps bring the story to a satisfying close. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In descending numerical order, a little African-American girl describes the animals that make a mess while Mom's occupied in her study: ten rowdy aardvarks climbing into kitchen cupboards, nine sleepy lions in her bed, etc. It's all a bit predictable, with Ochs's verse rather obviously contrived to fill out the meter (not always successfully). Read full book review >
HONEST ABE by Edith Kunhardt
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 16, 1993

"An acceptable first biography, and interesting for the art, where funds permit. (Biography/Picture book. 5-8)"
From an ``internationally known folk artist,'' a series of carefully composed images representing the most significant and/or best-known points in Lincoln's life. Read full book review >
FATHER AND SON by Denizé Lauture
POETRY
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"A lovely evocation of a companionable and spiritual relationship at its best. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A Haitian poet who's lived in the US since 1968 and an artist whose ``strong family traditions of his Gullah heritage have always been a major influence on his work'' debut in children's books with this paean to the unity between a father and son. Read full book review >
RED DANCING SHOES by Denise Lewis Patrick
FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 1993

"A likable vignette. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A child is so delighted with her new shoes that she dances around the neighborhood showing them off until she trips and gets them muddy, a calamity easily remedied with polish—a simple incident that makes a good showcase for a warmhearted African- American family depicted living in a comfortable suburb. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >