NICHOLAS PIPE by Robert D. San Souci
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 1997

"San Souci may be invoking an old story, but he also frames a few timeless ideas about responsibility, tolerance, and that simple thing called love. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
San Souci (The Hired Hand, p. 649, etc.) notes that this story of the love between a merman and a woman of the land first saw the light of day as a 12th-century tale. Read full book review >
CELEBRATION! by Jane Resh Thomas
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1997

"Lacking the humorous tumult of Cynthia Rylant and Stephen Gammell's The Relatives Came (1985), the effect is fairly wholesome, but without benefit of strong emotion or a storyteller's voice, there are no fireworks. (Picture book. 5-8)"
One African-American family's Fourth of July picnic takes a food-laden, loving approach that feels more manufactured than genuine. Read full book review >

THE PUDDLE PAIL by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"The buoyant tale is set out in somewhat cluttered scenes in garish colors, but the collage technique and the repetition of patterns—to help children understand Ernst's activity—are pleasing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Kleven reprises the character of Ernst: In another story about the blue crocodile and his bossy brother, Sol, the two have distinct personalities, and Sol attempts to impose his will on the younger. Read full book review >
PAPA! by Philippe Corentin
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 1997

"Warm and funny fare. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A humorous reminder, in the same spirit as Jackie French Koller's No Such Thing (p. 60), that monsters are monsters only in the eye of the beholder. Read full book review >
ANIMALS YOU NEVER EVEN HEARD OF by Patricia Curtis
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Still, both children and adults will marvel at these eccentricities of the natural world and will quickly become concerned for them. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-11)"
Curtis (Aquatic Animals in the Wild and in Captivity, 1992) briefly describes the characteristics and plight of a dozen unusual endangered species of wildlife in habitats that range from the foothills of the Andes to the rain forests of Vietnam and Laos. Read full book review >

BIG BLUE WHALE by Nicola Davies
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"This unassuming book is teeming with new discoveries upon each rereading. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
Conversational text and soft, crosshatched pen-and-ink illustrations ebb and flow in a fluid look at the largest mammal ever to inhabit the earth. Read full book review >
A YEAR WITH MOLLY AND EMMETT by Marylin Hafner
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Hafner takes the comic-book form to new heights with her colorful and expressive watercolors of this inimitable pair. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Anyone who has witnessed a child chuckling over the last page of Ladybug magazine will relish the arrival of plucky Molly and her sidekick cat, Emmett, in their picture book debut of 15 brand-new comedies. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Patricia Lauber's Flood (1996)—that focus more on the underlying causes of the flooding. (map, diagrams) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
In 1993, the big rivers of the subtitle flooded huge areas of the Midwest. Read full book review >
A PLACE CALLED FREEDOM by Scott Russell Sanders
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Allen's trademark pastels are rendered in predominant smoky blues that provide powerful keyhole glimpses of family and farm set starkly against white canvas, accentuating the austerity of the days of frontier homesteading. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Setting his story during a time when antislavery sentiment was gaining momentum, Sanders (Here Comes the Mystery Man, 1993, etc.) tells the story of a Tennessee family of freed slaves who make their way north to begin a new life in Indiana. Read full book review >
MASTER MAID by Aaron Shepard
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Ellison's finely textured watercolors are a mixture of the homely (sod roofs, shaggy goats, copper pots, cabbages, gooseberries) and the fantastic, all suffused with an old-fashioned, golden fairy-tale glow. (Picture book/folklore. 6-9)"
Shepard (The Gifts of Wali Dad, 1995, etc.) tells a familiar type of tale in which a headstrong young man blunders into the stronghold of an ogre, falls in love with the beautiful servant he finds hidden away there, and performs impossible tasks with the help of the brave and clever maiden, with whom he finally escapes. Read full book review >
RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE by Britta Teckentrup
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"The collages are eye-catching, but may appear somewhat abstract, and therefore less than involving, to very young readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A jungle tug-of-war captures the colorful pizazz of tropical plant and animal life, but not the suspense of the real rope- pulling game. Read full book review >
THE CHICKEN SISTERS by Laura Numeroff
ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 1997

Numeroff (Two for Stew, 1996, etc.) sends up the Big Bad Wolf story genre with this tale of an old wolf, new in the neighborhood, who is done in by a trio of contentedly incompetent hens: Their burned cookies, obsessive knitting, and off-key singing send him packing ``to live with his mother in Atlantic City.'' The chicken sisters' relieved neighbors conclude that all the smoke, noise, and unsolicited gifts of itchy knit hats might be worth putting up with after all. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >