NEPTUNE PRINCESS by Ingrid Tomey
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1992

"An unusually promising debut. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A predictable first novel that's redeemed by a fresh, believable third-person voice. Read full book review >
STREET RHYMES AROUND THE WORLD by Jane Yolen
Released: April 30, 1992

"A grand resource for preschool caregivers or older children. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Sixteen countries plus the Native American Cheyenne are represented in this attractive oversize collection of counting rhymes and other traditional games, each with a double spread that includes two or more rhymes illustrated by an artist who still lives in the country. Read full book review >

CUSTER by Deborah King
ANIMALS
Released: April 29, 1992

"Like Parnall's Stuffer (below), a treat for horse lovers and art lovers; of the two books, this has more warmth and appeal. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Young Custer is perfectly happy on a farm where he snitches food from the farmhouse kitchen and enjoys the company of cows. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON THAT ATE SUMMER by Brenda Seabrooke
ANIMALS
Released: April 29, 1992

"Appealing fantasy in a briskly drawn realistic setting. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Alastair McKnight has just sabotaged his own summer plans by breaking his collarbone while careening along on a ``dog-powered skateboard train.'' Chafing at his confinement, he's delighted to find a tiny four-pound dragon, eating Mom's petunias. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT SPOT by Robert J. Blake
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 29, 1992

"The interplay between parent and child, each dedicated to his own valuable pursuit, is as appealing as the lovely play of light through trees and water. (Picture book. 4-9)"
An illustrator who made a fine debut with his oil paintings for Weller's Riptide (1990) turns to watercolor for his own story about an artist on a woodland expedition with his son. Read full book review >

THE GREEN GOURD by C.W. Hunter
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 29, 1992

"A real, well- paced story; good fun. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
``Never pull a green gourd afore it's ripe, or it'll witch ye sure.'' The old woman knows this bit of lore, but since she's lost her only dipper in the rushing stream where she gets water, she risks picking one. Read full book review >
BRAVO, TANYA by Patricia Lee Gauch
FICTION
Released: April 29, 1992

"A lovely, warm story about dancing, learning, and respecting one's own unique identity while adapting to an activity with established rules. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The beguiling preschooler who won the right to go to dancing lessons with her big sister in Dance, Tanya (1989) discovers that the class poses an unexpected challenge: distracted by the teacher's claps and her loud counting voice, Tanya has trouble following the music. Read full book review >
THE KEYS TO MY KINGDOM by Lydia Dabcovich
POETRY
Released: April 28, 1992

"A straightforward-looking presentation of an old favorite with a couple of nice extra dimensions. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-8)"
The traditional chant appears here in three languages (English, French, Spanish) and is given a new ``key'': artist's tools, wielded by a pigtailed young artist who can be found in each picture, following the route described and finally arranging the flowers in the basket and using her paints to depict what she has seen. Read full book review >
MRS. FITZ'S FLAMINGOS by Kevin McCloskey
FICTION
Released: April 28, 1992

"Yorinks and Egielski this isn't, but worth a try nonetheless. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A solitary lady decides to improve her view of ``a sagging tar-paper roof, and the back sides of some billboards'' by putting up plastic flamingos, which she buys two at a time when she does errands in her Brooklyn neighborhood. Read full book review >
THE CIRCUS by Heidi Goennel
FICTION
Released: April 28, 1992

"(Picture book. 3-7)"
An illustrator distinguished by her elegant composition, sophisticated bright color, and simplified forms surveys some of the big top's most compelling visual images: elephants, a spotlit ringmaster, trapeze artists, animal tamers, clowns, etc. For collections that must choose, Ehlert's vibrant stylizations (Circus, p. 322) are more innovative and arresting; but Goennel's more realistic representation is pleasant, and makes a good introduction to a favorite experience. Read full book review >
BROTHER BILLY BRONTO'S BYGONE BLUES BAND by David F. Birchman
DINOSAURS
Released: April 28, 1992

"Good fun. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In a cadenced narrative dancing with wordplay, Birchman describes a hot band that includes ``Rex the King Tyrone on the slide trombone...a mean allosaurus saxophonist nicknamed Lizard Lips Grace...[and] the heart of the band...Brother Billy Bronto. Read full book review >
GREEDYANNA by Frank Remkiewicz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 28, 1992

"This slight tale is not as funny as it hopes to be, but the text's poker-faced exaggeration and the cheerful cartoony illustrations will strike a familiar chord in many families. (Picture book. 3- 7)"
A cautionary tall tale: Eddie's little sister is going through what her parents hopefully term ``a phase'' whose key word is ``Mine!'' While her family patiently waits it out, Anna monopolizes the food (except for lima beans), the house (the others move to the garage), and the family car (she rides while they push). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >