CAPTAIN PRUE AND HER SCURVY CREW by Peter Haswell
FICTION
Released: March 15, 1996

"An amiable adventure, imbued with the imagery of the high seas. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A playful tale about a crew of pirates who keep trying (unsuccessfully) to mutiny against their captain, Prue, who makes them eat health food and clean the ship. Read full book review >
FESTIVALS by Myra Cohn Livingston
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: March 15, 1996

Festivals ($16.95; March 15, 1996; 32 pp.; 0-8234-1217-2): In a companion to this pair's Celebrations (1985), colorful streamers beckon readers toward 14 poems commemorating holidays, from the Creek Indian New Year and the Vietnamese festival of clean slates, to the bonfires of the Iranian Now-Ruz. Read full book review >

WAGONS WEST! by Roy Gerrard
FICTION
Released: March 14, 1996

"Fun and familiar. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An intrepid (if squat) band of homesteaders makes the wagon train run from Missouri to Oregon in the 1850s. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"The high cost of the strike—never idealized, and bringing only partial gains—is amply demonstrated in this compelling history. (b&w photos, not seen, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
An exciting, fluidly written, levelheaded account of the shirtwaist strike against garment manufacturers in late 1909. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC MOONBERRY JUMP ROPES by Dakari Hru
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Lewis's expressive watercolors bring to life the languid summer days of childhood and the warm embrace of a neighborhood. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An engaging story about two girls whose passion for jumping rope is enriched by the gift their uncle brings them from East Africa. Read full book review >

THE LITTLE FLOWER KING by Kveta Pacovská
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1996

"These scenes give the tale an indescribable lightness and make it read more like a love letter than a children's book. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A gorgeously original tale, from the creator of the enigmatic Flying (1995). Read full book review >
RED WOLF COUNTRY by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"But the book's primary function is achieved admirably: to put readers in wolf country, running with the pack. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This book brings environmental awareness to readers, not by preaching facts and figures, but by tapping into the forces of nature with matching artistic energy. Read full book review >
NIGHT LETTERS by Palmyra LoMonaco
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 1996

Lily goes out after dinner to read the night letters that her backyard friends—ants, rocks, trees—leave for her. Read full book review >
THE WONDER THING by Libby Hathorn
NATURE
Released: March 1, 1996

"These prints have a wet-paint freshness that seems to evoke smells and sounds, as well as sights. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Vibrant illustrations with the look of linoleum block prints carry readers on an absorbing journey across longitudes and latitudes. Read full book review >
THE BALLYMARA FLOOD by Chad Stuart
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Booth's patently demented creatures—human and beast—provide a match made in Ireland for the text, and elevate it to high good humor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the Irish town of Ballymara, a young boy takes a bath. Read full book review >
I SEE THE MOON AND THE MOON SEES ME by Jonathan London
HUMOR
Released: March 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, a lovely mood piece for sharing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
London (Where's Home?, p. 858, etc.) has charmingly adapted a nursery favorite. Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN NEXT DOOR by Jean Ure
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Readers may find themselves without patience for such meandering; the jacket art gives away the ghostly element even as it clashes with character descriptions from the text. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Laura is so timid that when she hears a girl, Em, and her little brother, Tommy, playing next door she listens and watches them furtively without introducing herself. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >