RODNEY'S INSIDE STORY by Lynne Barasch
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Clever and amusing, a satisfying bedtime story that ends with both little rabbits tucked into bed after enjoying their books, Rodney with his head on a cauliflower. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An engaging tale about a little gray bunny whose mother reads him an imaginative story-within-the-story: a book about Rodney Rabbit, who lives in a cabbage and has an eggplant desk, an onionskin toy plane, carrot stilts, etc.—all charmingly realized in the author's gentle pen-and-watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >
MORE HALLOWEEN HOWLS by Giulio Maestro
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Sure to be as popular as Maestro's Halloween Howls, 1983; fortunately, the sturdy paper should withstand a lot of use. ``What holiday is a hoot? Owloween.'' (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Sixty riddles based on wordplay that's clever enough to be intriguing as well as funny—each, with its answer, on a full, small page with an illustration that's gruesome enough to suit the occasion but also colorful, well drawn, and usually comical. Read full book review >

THE BIG DEAL by Alison Cragin Herzig
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7- 10)"
An uncomplicated story about a short fourth- grader who is too slight to control his big dog. Read full book review >
ZINNIA AND DOT by Lisa Campbell Ernst
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A good choice to share with a group. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two feuding hens lose all but one egg to a weasel who sneaks in while they're busy squabbling. Read full book review >
LITTLE OBIE AND THE FLOOD by Martin Waddell
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"At best, adequate supplementary reading. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Life on the generic American frontier, as imagined by a capable, prolific British picture-book author (Farmer Duck, p. 401), is dominated by calamities: in the first of four easily read chapters, Little Obie and Grandad rescue Obie's friend Marty, who has barely survived the flood that killed her pa and washed away the cabin where Little Obie and his grandparents live; the orphaned Marty pines until Effie (Little Obie's grandmother) is bitten by a hog and Marty pitches in with needed help. Read full book review >

SAVE MY RAINFOREST by Monica Zak
NATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Map; brief glossary. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7- 10)"
An earnest but graceless account, based on fact and first published in Sweden in 1989, of the campaign by eight-year-old Omar Castillo to save his country's last rain forest. Read full book review >
THE BACKWARDS WATCH by Eric Houghton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"The attractive pen-and- watercolor illustrations are as warm and cheery as the satisfying text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Time travel for tots: ``When I was your age,'' says Granddad, ``I kept myself clean and neat''—unlike Sally, who's covered with leaves and twigs after climbing a tree. Read full book review >
THE LEAVING MORNING by Angela Johnson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A gently reassuring view of a common, and often traumatic, experience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
As in Tell Me a Story, Mama (1989) and other books this team has created, the importance of family gets thematic pride of place here. Read full book review >
THE GREAT PUMPKIN SWITCH by Megan McDonald
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Warm, beautifully cadenced storytelling, engaging period details, and Lewin's perceptive characterizations and evocative setting make this another wonderfully immediate summoning up of things past. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Potato Man (1991) is featured in a second appealing story as, again, Grampa reminiscences about his small-town 20's childhood. Read full book review >
WHO CAME DOWN THAT ROAD? by George Ella Lyon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A lovely, beautifully crafted book that makes an unusually effective response to a prototypical question. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A mother and child look at a path near their home, ``Just a trace through the woods'' but one that's long been traveled. Read full book review >
WHEN CATS DREAM by Dav Pilkey
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Pilkey's simple text suggests the dream adventures' liberating quality, splendidly realized in his glowing, beautifully designed paintings; handsome in themselves, they also make a unique introduction to modern art's ideas and images. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An imaginative exploration of the world of dream. ``When cats are awake, all the world is the same''—predictable and, in neatly framed black and white, realistic. Read full book review >
ANNIE...ANYA by Irene  Trivas
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Trivas's pen-and-watercolor art nicely captures the city's ambiance and the children's lively activity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Annie is five when her doctor parents take her to Moscow, where they are to work for a month. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >