BIG AND LITTLE by Steven Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

Handsome textured cut-paper collages on white paper show animals of the same species that are vastly different in size. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A great read-aloud, y un libro perfecto! (glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
A joy—an original, uniquely funny first novel that is thought-provoking as well, from a witty ambassador of languages and cultures. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Pair this with Ann Morris's The Baby Book (1995), which depicts a similar range of activities among human babies in full-color photographs, or Ron Hirschi's A Time for Babies (1993), which looks at wild animal offspring. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
Subtitled ``How All Sorts of Babies Grow and Develop,'' this is an overview, in simple text and softly colored drawings, of the universal experiences of infancy that humans share with other species: gestation, birth, crying, sleeping; being carried, cleaned, and fed; learning to walk (or swim or fly), explore, and play. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT COUSIN ERNIE'S HEAD by Matthew McElligott
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The mixed media artwork, too, shows promise; the kitchen-sink inclusion of visual asides demonstrates the artist's energy and enthusiasm, but doesn't add up to a funny whole. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The sole child in this story is the unnamed narrator who dreads Thanksgiving with his combative relatives. Read full book review >
SPOTTING THE LEOPARD by Anna Myers
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Myers has created another bittersweet tale that celebrates average people and the courage they muster to follow their hearts. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's back to the bucolic Oklahoma landscape Myers (Fire in the Hills, p. 161, etc.) evokes in her newest novel, a sequel to Red- Dirt Jessie (1992), set in the era between the Depression and the outbreak of WW II. H.J., now a teenager, narrates; Jessie is finishing up high school in town; Mama holds down the homefront while Pa, lucky enough to be hired by the WPA, spends weeks away from the family he loves, earning enough for the luxuries of an extra homemade pie and marbles for Christmas. Read full book review >

GOD BLESS THE GARGOYLES by Dav Pilkey
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Still, readers will find solace in this modern-day answer to existentialism. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Pilkey (The Paperboy, p. 141, etc.) joins the medieval fray with a bucolic approach to the journey of gargoyles from the cathedrals of the Middle Ages to modern cityscapes. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN IN THE MOON by Jama Kim Rattigan
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Both tapa-making and the setting provide attractive motifs for Golembe's primitive artwork, deliberately evoking Gaugin, and rendered in gouache with sea urchin purples and hibiscus pinks as delectable as spun sugar. (notes, glossary) (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
An embellished retelling—subtitled ``A Story from Hawai'i'' and rooted in Hawaiian mythology—by Rattigan (Dumpling Soup, 1993) of how the woman goddess Hina came to live in her true home in this alternative to the man-in-the-moon concept. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE PRIMER A TO Z by Caroline Stutson
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"It's extremely old-fashioned in sensibility and may not find an audience among the rough-and-ready preschool set. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Stutson's rhyming alphabet book works its way over the prairie landscape. Read full book review >
TABITHA by Carol Ann Timmel
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Kelly's detailed watercolors ably assist the story and add their own touches of humor. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Timmel tells, in the omniscient third-person, the true story of her cat's disappearance during a flight from New York to Los Angeles. Read full book review >
A LION NAMED SHIRLEY WILLIAMSON by Bernard Waber
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Humor with bite, as it were, given substance by the playful artwork. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lionness bound for a zoo is dubbed Shirley Williamson due to a bad phone connection. Read full book review >
JOSEFINA by Jeanette Winter
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

Winter returns to the bordered acrylic vignettes that she mastered in Diego (by Jonah Winter, 1991) for another story inspired by the life of a Mexican artist. Read full book review >
ELEANOR by Barbara Cooney
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An author's note supplies other relevant information. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
"From the beginning the baby was a disappointment to her mother," Cooney (The Story of Christmas, 1995, etc.) begins in this biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >