LEROY POTTS MEETS THE MCCROOKS by Vivian Sathre
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"A tall-tale contrivance in a wholly controlled, believable entertainment. (Fiction. 5-8)"
In this Yearling First Choice Chapter Book, Sathre (Three Kind Mice, p. 228, etc.) and Barnes-Murphy (who illustrated Frances Barnes-Murphy's Kings and Queens of Britain, 1996) gather their considerable wit and trot out a tale that will flapdoodle and delight beginning readers. Read full book review >
IN MY POCKET by Dorrith M. Sim
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Reproductions of the author's traveling papers, complete with photo, serve as a poignant reminder of the story's origins in history. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sim's first picture book powerfully universalizes a life- altering event of her childhood, the sending of German Jewish children away from their parents to the UK where they would be safe from the Nazis. Read full book review >

DINOSAURS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Pair it with Chris Raschka's The Blushful Hippopotamus (1996) for a story hour on dealing with overbearing siblings. (Picture book. 5-9)"
It's bedtime and Edward's older brother is attempting to scare Edward out of his pajamas. Read full book review >
SHOOTING STAR by Debbie Dadey
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1997

"He makes a burlesque of the facial expressions of Annie's audience, whose uniform astonishment begins to look static. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A picture-book version of Annie Oakley's life that wavers between a fairly straight telling of the few known facts and tall-tale exaggerations that are both forced and silly. Read full book review >
THE VOICES OF SILENCE by Bel Mooney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1997

"Her sensitive and empathetic tale will keep readers in suspense until the final page. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Life is hard for Flora Popescu and her parents, living in Bucharest during Nicholas Ceauescu's cruel regime. Read full book review >

BUG BOY by Carol Sonenklar
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Funny, buggy, fact- filled—readers will be clamoring for more. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A charming fantasy that's easy to read, about a third-grade boy—Charlie—whose passion for insects has earned him the nickname ``Bug Boy.'' Charlie discovers that the Bug-a-View magnifier he's been given will turn him into any insect he places in the viewer. Read full book review >
A DROP OF WATER by Walter Wick
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"In these pages, the prosaic becomes wondrous as readers see the marvels of H2O. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
Something as simple as a drop of water hardly seems the stuff of extraordinary science. Read full book review >
DESERT BABIES by Kathy Darling
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A companion volume, Seashore Babies (0-8027-8476-3; PLB -8477-1), describes 14 sea animals. (map) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
Budding naturalists will enjoy these brief, colorful portraits of 14 desert animals, familiar and strange, including the camel, caracal, gemsbok, mouse, uromastyx, quokka, coyote, emu, lemur, rattlesnake, tarantula, nilgai, tortoise, and vulture. Read full book review >
ONE GRAIN OF RICE by Demi
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1997

"This gratifying story of the disarming of greed provides an amazing look at the doubling process, and a calendar at the end shows how the reward simply grew and grew. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
In artwork inspired by Indian miniatures (though lacking their exquisiteness), Demi (The Stonecutter, 1995, etc.) fashions a folktale with far-reaching effects. Read full book review >
TOP SECRET by Ted Dewan
by Ted Dewan, illustrated by Ted Dewan
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Aim at older readers: The pages are often divided into comic-strip panels, and can be confusing; Dewan's rendering of the child is less adept than his other images, so that the hoisting up of the sleeping girl looks awkward and a little frightening. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Written in prose reminiscent of a spy or detective novel, Dewan reveals the secrets behind the tooth-fairy legend. Read full book review >
A TREE IS GROWING by Arthur Dorros
NATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Readers will be exploring woods, sidewalks, and yards- -anyplace there are trees—with new eyes. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
A verdant testimony to the noble plants that shade our lawns and line our streets. Read full book review >
101 AMAZING OPTICAL ILLUSIONS by Terry Jennings
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

Several different kinds of illusions (physiological illusions, e.g., afterimages; physical illusions, e.g., the result of refraction or reflection; perceptual illusions, e.g., ambiguous pictures; etc.) are explored in this large full-color volume that contains more than the 101 examples of the title. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >