TORTOISE SOLVES A PROBLEM by Avner Katz
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1993

"The author's cartoon-style illustrations are unassuming, but appropriately satirical and expressive. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a whimsical ``why'' story by an Israeli author, published in Hebrew in 1979, early tortoises (not yet equipped with shells) come up with a unique solution to their homelessness. Read full book review >
GRANDMA by Alison Dexter
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 28, 1993

"A fresh look at a perennial theme. (Picture book. 3-7)"
From a new British illustrator, a cheery intergenerational good time. Read full book review >

SERIOUS SCIENCE by Janice Lee Smith
FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1993

"With consistently perky dialogue, dozens of brief, funny incidents, and Gackenbach's appealing primary- graders sprinkled liberally throughout (plus the skeleton Mr. D. contributes adorning the jacket): an inviting entry in a popular series. (Fiction. 7-9)"
After Ms. D.'s class gets to participate in the big kids' science fair, the children develop just the exhibits that those familiar with the six earlier ``Adam Joshua'' books would expect- -Nelson hopes to prove that his fish has ESP; Sidney is growing cultures in his big brother's socks; and so on. Read full book review >
OVER BACK by Beverly Major
FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1993

"A nourishing picture of one child's pleasure in the natural world. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A young African-American shares her joy in the world out beyond her family's barn, where there are blueberries to eat, walls to climb, and sweet-smelling arbutus so fragrant that ``You have to smell the flowers and smell them again, the way you have to keep looking at a rainbow until it's gone.'' A creek for wading, frogs' eggs, and a ``slow and lumpy, bumpy'' cow to ride home all add up to a lyrical idyll of country life. Read full book review >
MARUSHKA'S EGG by Elsa Okon Rael
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 26, 1993

"Entertaining and attractive. (Young reader/Picture book. 5-9)"
Sent to buy an egg for her mother's Easter bread, Marushka is entranced by the beautifully decorated one displayed by a woman in the market. Read full book review >

TODAY IS MONDAY by Eric Carle
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"Music included, but the song isn't sourced. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Carle's illustrations for this catchy, lighthearted cumulative song ("...today is Tuesday, Tuesday spaghetti, Monday string beans, All you hungry children Come and eat it up") originally appeared in 1977 as a frieze; they are even more welcome in this attractive book showing a porcupine eating the beans, an elephant slopping up Wednesday's "ZOOOOP," a cat snitching Thursday's roast beef, and so on. Read full book review >
TOM by Tomie dePaola
by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"A delightfully offbeat vignette of boyish mischief reinforcing the bond between generations; dePaola's handsomely designed illustrations have unusual warmth here, subtly expressing the characters' affection. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another autobiographical story from dePaola, this time about his grandfather, who ingenuously explains that "We're named after each other, Tommy. Read full book review >
LILI AT BALLET by Rachel Isadora
FICTION
Released: Feb. 23, 1993

"There's little mention here of discipline or hard work; still, an attractive and informative first look. (Picture book. 4-9)"
With a minimal explanatory text, a realistic depiction of a serious young ballet student and her class. Read full book review >
ZEBRA'S HICCUPS by David McKee
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 23, 1993

"Try this when someone really does have the hiccups. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Dapper zebra is far too dignified to follow his friends' advice for getting rid of his hiccups—drinking water upside down simply isn't his style. Read full book review >
A PILE OF PIGS by Judith Ross Enderle
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 16, 1993

"A simple idea developed with panache—delightful. (Picture book. 3- 7)"
Stirred by a busybody rooster (``Strut-a-doodle doo! Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"Serviceable, then, but Kastner's somewhat more advanced and far more intelligent and informative John James Audubon (1992) is a better choice. (Biography. 8-11)"
In the ``Gateway Green'' series of easy biographies, a clear but uninspired outline. Read full book review >
ROSIE AND THE PAVEMENT BEARS by Susie Jenkin-Pearce
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"Predictable and somewhat overstated, but told with enough realism and verve to hold interest; the author's freely drawn, cartoon-style illustrations are lively and nicely expressive. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Timid Rosie, smallest in her class, dreads bullies; still, when they taunt her about stepping on the cracks (``The bears'll get you''), she's assertive enough to do just that, on purpose. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >