LIFETIMES by David Rice
NATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Venus flytraps remind us that things are not always as good as they first seem to be'') and limit the otherwise provocative and useful facts about lifetimes. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Old age is relative, depending on one's life span; a mayfly whose lifetime lasts one day reaches geezerhood by the time the sun sets. Read full book review >
MR. PUTTER AND TABBY ROW THE BOAT by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Full of down-to-earth touches as well as whimsical ones—a blue jay tries to peck the artificial grapes on Mrs. Teaberry's hat, Mr. Putter's reminisces about the county worm race he won with an entrant named Jack—this is a comfortable and nifty addition to the series. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A great little entry in Rylant and Howard's easy-to-read series (Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears, 1995, etc.), about the adventures of a charming elderly man and his lovably skittish cat, shown in wonderfully expressive illustrations. Mr. Putter and Tabby are too old to be so hot: They sweat on the porch, in the kitchen, and under the oak tree, and finally decide to go down to the big pond to cool off. Read full book review >

LEROY POTTS MEETS THE MCCROOKS by Vivian Sathre
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"A tall-tale contrivance in a wholly controlled, believable entertainment. (Fiction. 5-8)"
In this Yearling First Choice Chapter Book, Sathre (Three Kind Mice, p. 228, etc.) and Barnes-Murphy (who illustrated Frances Barnes-Murphy's Kings and Queens of Britain, 1996) gather their considerable wit and trot out a tale that will flapdoodle and delight beginning readers. Read full book review >
IN MY POCKET by Dorrith M. Sim
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Reproductions of the author's traveling papers, complete with photo, serve as a poignant reminder of the story's origins in history. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sim's first picture book powerfully universalizes a life- altering event of her childhood, the sending of German Jewish children away from their parents to the UK where they would be safe from the Nazis. Read full book review >
DINOSAURS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Pair it with Chris Raschka's The Blushful Hippopotamus (1996) for a story hour on dealing with overbearing siblings. (Picture book. 5-9)"
It's bedtime and Edward's older brother is attempting to scare Edward out of his pajamas. Read full book review >

SHOOTING STAR by Debbie Dadey
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1997

"He makes a burlesque of the facial expressions of Annie's audience, whose uniform astonishment begins to look static. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A picture-book version of Annie Oakley's life that wavers between a fairly straight telling of the few known facts and tall-tale exaggerations that are both forced and silly. Read full book review >
THE VOICES OF SILENCE by Bel Mooney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1997

"Her sensitive and empathetic tale will keep readers in suspense until the final page. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Life is hard for Flora Popescu and her parents, living in Bucharest during Nicholas Ceauescu's cruel regime. Read full book review >
BUG BOY by Carol Sonenklar
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Funny, buggy, fact- filled—readers will be clamoring for more. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A charming fantasy that's easy to read, about a third-grade boy—Charlie—whose passion for insects has earned him the nickname ``Bug Boy.'' Charlie discovers that the Bug-a-View magnifier he's been given will turn him into any insect he places in the viewer. Read full book review >
A DROP OF WATER by Walter Wick
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"In these pages, the prosaic becomes wondrous as readers see the marvels of H2O. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
Something as simple as a drop of water hardly seems the stuff of extraordinary science. Read full book review >
DESERT BABIES by Kathy Darling
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A companion volume, Seashore Babies (0-8027-8476-3; PLB -8477-1), describes 14 sea animals. (map) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
Budding naturalists will enjoy these brief, colorful portraits of 14 desert animals, familiar and strange, including the camel, caracal, gemsbok, mouse, uromastyx, quokka, coyote, emu, lemur, rattlesnake, tarantula, nilgai, tortoise, and vulture. Read full book review >
ONE GRAIN OF RICE by Demi
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1997

"This gratifying story of the disarming of greed provides an amazing look at the doubling process, and a calendar at the end shows how the reward simply grew and grew. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
In artwork inspired by Indian miniatures (though lacking their exquisiteness), Demi (The Stonecutter, 1995, etc.) fashions a folktale with far-reaching effects. Read full book review >
TOP SECRET by Ted Dewan
by Ted Dewan, illustrated by Ted Dewan
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Aim at older readers: The pages are often divided into comic-strip panels, and can be confusing; Dewan's rendering of the child is less adept than his other images, so that the hoisting up of the sleeping girl looks awkward and a little frightening. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Written in prose reminiscent of a spy or detective novel, Dewan reveals the secrets behind the tooth-fairy legend. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >