DAY AND NIGHT by Maria Gordon
NATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Such sentences will be a little bald for some readers and just plain misleading for others. (further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 5-7)"
Simple explanations of complicated concepts (nocturnal and diurnal creatures, the rotation of the earth, etc.) are presented with colorful cartoons. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Parents won't mind reading this one out loud as many times as it's requested. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A delightful story of a dog who longs for a home of his own. Read full book review >

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION by Mark  Teague
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Rip-roaring fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In an illustration bounded by neat white borders, Wallace Bleff writes ``How I Spent My Summer Vacation'' on the blackboard at school. Read full book review >
A HELPFUL ALPHABET OF FRIENDLY OBJECTS by John Updike
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"As John Updike ably demonstrates, writing an alphabet book is an opportunity no serious novelist can afford to miss. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
ABC poems and photos by a father-and-son team. Read full book review >
BLACK-EYED SUSAN by Jennifer Armstrong
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"The emotional hardships of pioneer life are made clear in a loving family story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A pioneer girl who loves her South Dakota home tries to deal with her mother's wish for the trees of her Ohio childhood in this middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

FOLKS CALL ME APPLESEED JOHN by Andrew  Glass
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Charming book, charming hero. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
From Glass (Charles T. McBiddle, 1993, etc.), an amalgam of traditional stories about Johnny ``Appleseed'' Chapman, a charismatic figure with a real way with words. Read full book review >
THE TWEENY-TINY WOMAN by Harriet Ziefert
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"For readers able and willing, try Paul Galdone's charmingly scary edition (1984). (Picture book/folklore. 5-7)"
This retelling of an old English ghost story is designated Level 2 in this publisher's Easy-to-Read series (the books at this level have so few words that they look more like small picture books than easy readers). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Andersen's painted portrait figures are done in warm tones against mixed color blue and purple backgrounds enclosed, along with several text pages, in wide, pale frames. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Sasso (God's Paintbrush, 1992, etc.) gives women more presence in the Old Testament by fleshing out fragmentary references to Lilith, Serach, Meroe (later known as Bityah), and the five daughters of Zelophehad. Read full book review >
TWIST WITH A BURGER, JITTER WITH A BUG by Linda Lowery
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Others have filled the pages with dance verbs and demonstrations; this particular treatment is modern and original. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lowery (Laurie Tells, 1994, etc.) folds a drumbeat into her book about all kinds of high-stepping. Read full book review >
ADD IT, DIP IT, FIX IT by R.M. Schneider
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"The book's clean-cut, inventive graphics, a mix of full-color illustrations and photographs silhouetted on a white background, give the pages an appealing up-to-date look. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A chipper alphabet bookSchneider's firstthat demonstrates verbs by showing their effect on ``it,'' the result of an ``i'' added to ``t.'' ``It'' is boxed, climbed, dipped, and so on, right through to zipped. Read full book review >
SWIM, NUMBER NINE DUCKLING by Susan Akass
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"It provides gentle support for the reluctant childNumber Nine's anxieties are never ridiculed, and his understanding mother is encouraging, not pushy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Delushka Duck's youngest, Number Nine (Number Nine Duckling, 1993), is back, a surrogate for every child who, fearful of new experiences, decides he doesn't like an activity even before he tries it. Read full book review >
RAISING A FAMILY by Paul Bennett
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

Dramatic full-color photos of animals do not compensate for the poorly executed concepts and awkwardly written, imprecise text of this entry in the Nature's Secrets series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >