THE WIDE-MOUTHED FROG by Keith Faulkner
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"More durable and economical than many of its type, this one is also great fun. (Picture book/folklore. 2-6)"
An effervescent pop-up version of the familiar tale of the wide-mouthed frog who blithely asks each animal he meets what it likes to eat, including an alligator who says that he eats wide- mouthed frogs. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"First published in local newspapers and not available in book form since the 1970s, these wry, comic, tender tales should at last find the wide audience they deserve. (Folklore. 7-10)"
Joel Chandler Harris wasn't the only collector of African-American trickster tales; here are eight fables gathered (and some, perhaps, written) by Martha Young, his contemporary. Read full book review >

"FIRE! FIRE!" SAID MRS. McGUIRE by Bill Martin, Jr.
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"That stereotyping contradicts the spirit of fresh perceptions shown in the rest of the book, but its bold, breezy tone helps compensate for the offense, and youngsters will be captivated by the colorful scenes and forceful language. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Women are depicted here in a number of unexpected roles, including the heroic. Read full book review >
GRANDMOTHER BRYANT'S POCKET by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Mathers's cameo-like illustrations harmonize beautifully with the story; its theme resonates. (Fiction. 5-9)"
After the death of her dog in a barn fire, Maine farm girl Sarah Bryant has bad dreams that stick ``to her skin like . . . soot.'' Her parents try to comfort her, but when the dreams persist, her father takes her to Grandmother Bryant for a cure. Read full book review >
THE JOY BOYS by Betsy Byars
Released: March 1, 1996

"The plots will be somewhat obvious, however, even to very new readers; obvious, that is, except in the few instances when only a careful look at the illustrations makes events comprehendible. (Fiction. 5-8)"
This First Choice Chapter Book features four episodes about the brothers Joy, Harry and J.J., with amiable full-color illustrations on every page. Read full book review >

JUST DESSERT by Polly Powell
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 1996

"A thoroughly accomplished debut. (Picture book. 4-8)"
That last piece of yellow cake with fudge frosting has Patsy's name written all over it, but her mother declines Patsy's pointed request for it. Read full book review >
SAMANTHA by Ellen Stoll Walsh
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Reminiscent of Leo Lionni's minimalist fare, this personable piece will find an audience in all toddlers taking their first timid steps toward independence. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The popular cut-paper collage mice return to help Walsh (Pip's Magic, 1994, etc.) with a gentle lesson about feeling safe. Read full book review >
WHEN IT IS NIGHT, WHEN IT IS DAY by Jenny Tyers
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"The choice of backgrounds and colors evokes many places and moods, leading fans of the artwork to hope for some future, fully developed story from Tyers rather than the portrait gallery in this book. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In her first book, a talented Tasmanian printmaker creates a series of elegantly composed and richly colored etchings of nocturnal and diurnal creatures to illustrate the alternating cycles of activity and rest that occur in a 24-hour period. Read full book review >
TALKING TO ANGELS by Esther Watson
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"A debut of uncommon, nearly perfect grace. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A book of beautiful mixed-media illustrations, with the look of children's scribbles: painted and repainted, scratched and drawn-over. Read full book review >
GRANDMA WENT TO MARKET by Stella Blackstone
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1996

"If the verse lacks poetic acrobatics, it is aerodynamic enough to keep the book, and Grandma's escapades, in flight. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Subtitled ``A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme,'' Blackstone's first book opens with the purchase of a flying Turkish carpet that helps transform Grandma into an international shopper. Read full book review >
THE FABULOUS FOUR SKUNKS by David Fair
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Still, Fair's debut shows promise and has obvious appeal to fans of The Stinky Cheese Man (1992) and other books of that odor. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Stinky, Smelly, Reeky, and Stenchy form a rock band and, to their delight, land a gig at the local teen center. Read full book review >
WITH NEEDLE AND THREAD by Raymond Bial
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Otherwise, this is a good companion both to how-to volumes and books on women's history. (bibliography, sources) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
One version of women's history, as it has been written into the tiny stitches of quilts. 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 >