PIGS FROM 1 TO 10 by Arthur  Geisert
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"As before, Geisert's intricately detailed etchings are carefully designed, with all the numbers—and pigs—to be found (with some difficulty) on each spread and with a key to the numerals (not the sometimes elusive pigs) at the end. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a companion to Pigs from A to Z (1986), ten piglets, inspired by a bedtime story, set out on an elaborate fantasy adventure to find ``a lost place with huge stone configurations.'' Shot by a cannon, an anchored rope becomes the basis for a bridge; the pigs also, with some remarkable engineering, drill through a mountain before finding ten mysterious stone images of Arabic numerals in a secluded valley. Read full book review >
KIPPER'S TOYBOX by Mick Inkpen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Like Walsh's Mouse Count (1991), an elegantly simple, satisfying story with a lot of opportunities for counting. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Kipper, a charmingly fubsy dog, is concerned: something has nibbled a hole in his toybox; and when he dumps his toys out, he can count one too many: seven. Read full book review >

SCARECROW! by Valerie Littlewood
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not as well crafted and informative as Giblin's The Scarecrow Book (1980, o.p.), but a useful visual resource. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A survey of devices (including real people) that have been used to scare away birds (and some other pests): The book's a little repetitious and miscellaneous and not very well organized, but does include a substantial array of interesting facts about ``homemade figures...used around the world to protect precious crops for over three thousand years.'' Best are the detailed crosshatched drawings and more formal paintings depicting a great variety of these appealing or scary figures. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not the only edition to have, of course, but good fun. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The simple retelling of this brief favorite adheres closely to the original, but most of the fun here is in Stevenson's exuberant illustrations of her rabbit royalty. Read full book review >
ABUELITA'S PARADISE by Carmen Santiago Nodar
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Also available in Spanish. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mourning her grandma (Abuelita), Marita sits in the rocker she wanted her to have, wraps herself in Abuelita's old blanket (inscribed ``para°so''), and remembers her stories about her island paradise: rural Puerto Rico. Read full book review >

A PEDDLER'S DREAM by Janice Shefelman
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"The straightforward, well- researched story is attractively illustrated in pen and watercolor with a wealth of period details. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A classic immigrant success story with a protagonist more unusual in children's literature than in real life: a Lebanese American. Read full book review >
THE TAPESTRY CATS by Ann Turnbull
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A couple of gutters are unfortunately placed; otherwise, an attractive setting for an unusually amiable tale, told with a pleasing poetic lilt. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The princess has no playmates; worse, her mother answers every question for her. Read full book review >
LITTLE EIGHT JOHN by Jan Wahl
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An amusing but flawed rendition of this old-fashioned cautionary tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-8)"
When Little Eight John's mother warns that misfortune will follow if he kicks the toad frogs, sits backwards on a chair, or counts his teeth, it only spurs him on; later, he laughs gleefully when the baby gets colic, the cow stops giving milk, and his family goes broke. Read full book review >
THE GHOST FAMILY MEETS ITS MATCH by Nicole  Rubel
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Good fun, and sure to appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the 1880's, an explorer sets out for Africa; he never returns, and the Ghost family (Ivy, Igor, their parents and cat) moves in. Read full book review >
THE WIZARD IN THE WOODS by Jean Ure
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Still, readers who appreciate the loopholes that make magic so difficult may find that humor carries the day, helped by Anstey's comic b&w spot illustrations. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Ben-Muzzy, inept apprentice wizard, is hopelessly tangled up by the spell-making words that the Grand High Wizard forces into his head. Read full book review >
SINCE 1920 by Alexandra Wallner
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Unexceptional but attractive and useful—the final events take the story beyond the usual The Little House conclusion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The story of what's happened to one neighborhood since a first couple moved out from the city 70+ years ago in order to build a new house on a piece of farm land . Read full book review >
THE FORTUNE-TELLERS by Lloyd Alexander
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A winning tale, superlatively presented. (Picture book. 4-10)"
When the poor, hard-working young carpenter seeks comfort from a fortuneteller, the old man hoodwinks him with double talk: "Rich you will surely be...[if] you earn large sums of money." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >