ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
An American woman who lives in Kenya and has played a major role in preserving the endangered Rothschild giraffe (as she described in Daisy Rothschild, 1987) surveys similar efforts on behalf of several species in East Africa, by herself and others, including George Adamson (of lion fame) and Anna Mertz, ``the rhino lady.'' The author's style is conversational, even naive; but her delightful anecdotes about particular animals—zebras, warthogs, cheetahs, and others—offer real, unsentimental insights into the importance of the work described and the problems faced along the way. Read full book review >
FROG ODYSSEY by Juliet Snape
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1992

Unlike Wiesner's, these frogs have a motive for their journey: their pond—in any case contaminated with litter—is to be bulldozed. Read full book review >

MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: June 1, 1992

"An inspiring look at what can be done in big city schools. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Dance star d'Amboise's accomplishment is impressive: forced (by injuries) to retire after 32 years with the New York City Ballet, he founded NDI, which engages hundreds of children (35 in each of 30 schools) in yearlong training for a dance extravaganza. Read full book review >
THE HORRENDOUS HULLABALOO by Margaret Mahy
Released: June 1, 1992

"An entertaining tale, perfect for sharing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The illustrator of Mahy's 17 Kings and 42 Elephants (1987) joins the author for another ebullient story. Read full book review >
FRIENDS IN TIME by Grace Chetwin
FANTASY
Released: May 31, 1992

"A mildly diverting introduction to time travel by an experienced author of high fantasy. (Fiction. 8-12)"
On her birthday in 1846, Abigail Porterhouse Bentley's widely traveled uncle gives her a doll that is actually a powerful talisman; in 1995, Emma Gibson is bemoaning the loss of her best friend as she prepares to move to Texas. Read full book review >

THE SEASHORE BOOK by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: May 30, 1992

"A graceful, handsomely produced tribute to a favorite childhood experience. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Responding to her son's questions, a mother describes the sea he has never seen—what it's like to run in the surf in the early morning mist, marvel at the "smooth, pearly pink" of a shell, observe the sea birds, or feel the sun's warmth and the waves' chill. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 1992

"Like some of Lattimore's other earnest attempts to mine the past, a mixed effort. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Merit, temple servant, has seen Waha, Pharaoh's High Priest, drown a sacred cat. Read full book review >
TAXI CAT AND HUEY by Gen LeRoy
ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 1992

"Ritz's many soft-pencil, full-page illustrations are unusually appealing. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Taxi—a part Siamese who bills himself as a Ninja cat- -joins the Walton household, the newly orphaned and perpetually indolent Huey is shaken to his basset hound roots; still, Taxi (accompanied by his best friend Sushi—a knotted leather string) brings adventure and excitement into Huey's life. Read full book review >
HOME by Michael J. Rosen
edited by Michael J. Rosen, illustrated by Aliki
NONFICTION
Released: May 30, 1992

"Not, perhaps, a first choice to give the homeless themselves, but one to engender thoughtful discussion among luckier children. (Picture book. 4-9)"
This latest title in support of a worthy cause is subtitled ``A Collaboration of Thirty Distinguished Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books to Aid the Homeless.'' In this context, the theme seems bittersweet—yet celebrating the joys of one's own special place does effectively dramatize the deprivation of being homeless. Read full book review >
THE GODMOTHER TREE by Ruth Wallace-Brodeur
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 30, 1992

"A likable story with real insights. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Like Katherine Paterson's The Smallest Cow in the World (1991), a book that depicted a Vermont farm family and was first published by the Vermont Migrant Education Program. Read full book review >
WOODY'S 20 GROW BIG SONGS by Woody Guthrie
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: May 30, 1992

"Also available with a cassette recording by son Arlo. (Nonfiction. 0-6)"
With easy, singable tunes, lots of repetitive verses with real child appeal, and the hallowed folk singer's own lively, freely rendered sketches, this replication of an unpublished book that the Guthries put together in 1948 for their children will be especially valuable to parents and in day-care centers. Read full book review >
LEONORA O'GRADY by Leah Komaiko
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 30, 1992

"A childlike tribute with no hint of the darker side connoted by Leonora's free-spiritedness. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A nonsense rhyme celebrates a joyous older neighbor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >