SNUFFLES AND SNOUTS by Laura Robb
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Readers who like pigs will probably like these poems, and those who read these poems will certainly like pigs. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
More than two dozen poems—some cute, some throwaways, most written in the past ten years—all united by an attractive common denominator: the pig. Read full book review >
PAPA GATTO by Ruth Sanderson
adapted by Ruth Sanderson, illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"And if there's little here that readers haven't seen before, it's so remarkably executed that it's well worth seeing again. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Cinderella meets Puss-in-Boots in a tale that takes place against the opulent backdrop of 16th-century Italy. Read full book review >

WILLY AND MAY by Judith Byron Schachner
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"This mostly unassuming tale delivers plenty of joy on Aunt May's—and Santa's—coattails. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The adventures of a young girl (who narrates), her mildly eccentric Aunt May, and May's rascally canary, Willy. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"This elegant picture book offers readers an imaginative way of thinking about and rediscovering the Mayflower experience. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The journey on the Mayflower and the first winter and spring in Plymouth are narrated with poetic precision by an anonymous boy, whom Van Leeuwen (Bound for Oregon, 1994, etc.) subsequently identifies as the son of William Brewster, the religious leader of the colony. Read full book review >
I AM A HOME SCHOOLER by Julie Voetberg
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"An author's note touches on testing, some state laws, and other related matters. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Teigen is a nine-year-old who has never gone to a regular school. Read full book review >

THE RAINBOW BRIDGE by Audrey Wood
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The grandeur of the compositions—the goddess in majestic poses, with her drapery flying about her, the play of light on water and in the sky, the scenes of innocence and beauty in this newly formed world— contributes to an impressive piece of work. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In appropriately poeticized language, Wood (The Tickleoctopus, 1994, etc.) relates some of the captivating legends of the Chumash Indians—how they were created on the island of Limuw, 40 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara, by Hutash, the earth goddess; how they got fire; and how, having grown too numerous and noisy, some were transplanted onto the mainland over a rainbow bridge. Read full book review >
HEART OF A TIGER by Marsha Diane Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The author opens with a pronunciation guide and concludes with a note on Namakarana, the Indian naming ceremony, briefly describing similar ceremonies in other countries. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Arnold makes an appealing debut in a book set in India. Read full book review >
TOBY THE TABBY KITTEN by Colleen Stanley Bare
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Warm and endearing for young friends of felines, marginal for those not so disposed. (index) (Picture book. 3-8)"
A collection of sunny, full-color photographs of Toby, a Manx kitten, with funny, informative explanations of his likes and dislikes, language, senses, body, and habits: climbing trees, sleeping, and feeding. Read full book review >
BLACK SWAN/WHITE CROW by J. Patrick Harris
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A beautiful collection to be savored by readers even as it inspires them. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
Superb haiku about animals and the weather, preceded with an instructive note about the form—where it comes from, how it's defined, how to write it, how to read it. Read full book review >
RAPUNZEL by Alix Berenzy
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"For the first time, the use of Rapunzel's hair as a ladder seems utterly viable; her tresses fill her tower room and one long braid trails down the spine of the book. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Everything is romanticized in this version, told in a slightly archaic and elevated manner—a fairy tale with all the yearnings of a love story. Read full book review >
A PLACE FOR ANGELS by Clyde Robert Bulla
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Still, the angels have enough presence to please angel-lovers, and Claudine shows more insight and independence than her aunt. (Fiction. 8-10)"
A child and her aunt learn to let go in this intense novella by Bulla (Singing Sam, 1989, etc.) about death, grief, and angels. Read full book review >
SAMBALENA SHOW-OFF by Phillis Gershator
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Gershator (Tukama Tootles the Flute, 1994, etc.) ably introduces young readers to the story behind the song; Jenkins's artwork evokes the colors and rhythm of life in the West Indies, planting realistic figures against sun-drenched, stylized landscapes. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
A cautionary tale, set in the Caribbean, based on a Brazilian song about an indolent boy, Sambalena. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >