THE PIGRATES CLEAN UP by Steven Kroll
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1993

Captain Dan is to be married, so he rallies his crew of pigs/pirates into a clean-up frenzy (``How can Kate and I be wed/If you look like unmade beds?''). Read full book review >
ALL THE BETTER TO SEE YOU WITH! by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

An especially warmhearted, well-fashioned story about getting glasses. Read full book review >

FLORIZELLA AND THE WOLVES by Philippa Gregory
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Lots of b&w drawings capture the high spots. (Fiction. 7-10)"
From a British author of adult historical romances, a refreshingly offbeat kid-and-animal adventure dressed up as a feminist fairy tale: Princess Florizella doesn't mind not being beautiful, and has no intention of marrying handsome Prince Bennett next door, but they're good friends. Read full book review >
SPACE TRAVELLERS by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Unrealistically upbeat, perhaps, but a good departure point for discussion. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A gifted Australian writer (The Very Best of Friends, 1990) takes a deceptively simple look at a mother and son living in a ``rocket'' (an airy metal construction) in a city park. Read full book review >
KINDA BLUE by Ann Grifalconi
Released: April 1, 1993

"An appealing vignette. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Missin' my papa," who died when she was a baby, Sissy's sitting in the yard of her family's Georgia farm, "feeling awful sorry for myself" and "Pokin' holes in the dirt for no good reason." Read full book review >

MS. BLANCHE, THE SPOTLESS COW by Zidrou
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Feminists may not be pleased, and some of the satire is aimed at adults; still, a briskly comical story, with vibrant art to match, that will amuse children, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With a nod of thanks to compatriot Josse Goffin— appropriate, since Merveille's broad, sure line and bright palette much resemble his—a Belgian team debuts with a whimsically offbeat story that makes a good showcase for the artist's boldly graphic style. Read full book review >
REAL HEROES by Marilyn Kaye
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Flawed but of value. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Mr. Logan, a favorite teacher, is one of the few people willing to leave Kevin alone about his mother's recent ``abandonment'' of her family. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
In the Once Upon America series, the affecting story of a young Seminole in the 1830's when, in response to pressure from land-hungry whites and angry slaveowners whose runaways had been protected by them, many Seminoles were removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Read full book review >
...IF YOUR NAME WAS CHANGED AT ELLIS ISLAND by Ellen Levine
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Nostalgically warm impressionistic paintings, suffused with sepia, simultaneously signal suffering and hope. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Arranged in Q&A style, this survey of earlier immigrations asks: ``Did all immigrants come through Ellis Island?'' (no); ``Did you have to have a job waiting for you?'' (again, no; in fact, it was not allowed). Read full book review >
THE DAY ADAM GOT MAD by Astrid Lindgren
Released: April 1, 1993

"In every way, a delightful vignette. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Why the prize bull should be in a rage and break out on Easter morning is a mystery; people from miles around gather to see what will happen next. Read full book review >
FOX ON STAGE by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"One more to treasure. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
To an adult mourning Marshall's passing, there's a bittersweet irony to these tales of the unquenchable Fox, whose self-confidence lands him in one pickle after another; each cloud that eclipses Fox here has a silver lining. Read full book review >
I SPY FUNHOUSE by Jean Marzollo
Released: April 1, 1993

"Extra credit riddles,'' a challenge to readers to concoct more of their own, and notes on how the pictures were made are fine bonuses. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Following the success of the first I Spy book (1992), 13 more artfully contrived photos with rhyming ``riddles'' about objects that are not so much hidden as concealed by the bright, distracting diversity of their surroundings. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >