THE AIRPLANE ALPHABET BOOK by Jerry Pallotta
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1997

"They also explain various technical terms: hangar, fuselage, cockpit, control tower, etc. Bolster's accompanying artwork is paintbox bright, suffusing the planes with character and purpose. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-8)"
An ABC book powered by aircraft. Read full book review >
FLASHY FANTASTIC RAINFOREST FROGS by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"While the book is without scientific names, sizes, and range information, and is not conventionally organized, it's a beautiful and concise look at a surprisingly varied subject. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-12)"
Patent (Prairies, 1996, etc.) describes the unusual adaptations of many types of tree frogs, including those that live on the forest floor and others that never venture to the ground, gliding between branches on webbed feet. Read full book review >

PIGS IN THE MUD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RUD by Lynn Plourde
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"A wonderful frolic in mud and verse, and Plourde's debut. (Junior Library Guild Selection) (Picture book. 4-8)"
The road is blocked by big pink pigs, and there's nothing to do but get out of the car and try to get them to move. Read full book review >
THE KING OF IRELAND'S SON by Brendan Behan
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Still, the phrasing and rhythms of the text make it ideal for reading aloud so listeners can hear its exuberant lilt. (Picture book/folklore. 6-8)"
A story from Brendan Behan's IslandAn Irish Sketchbook (1962), turned into a lavishly illustrated picture book. Read full book review >
THE BEAR WHO DIDN'T LIKE HONEY by Barbara Maitland
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Predictable cuddliness, but comforting to preschoolers about to commence their own foraging. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little Bear becomes a master of equivocation to avoid confronting his fears. Read full book review >

THE SECRETS OF ANIMAL FLIGHT by Nic Bishop
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"This is an excellent book that makes a difficult topic accessible. (further reading) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
A lively text and outstanding stop-action photography make this an inviting look at how animals fly. Read full book review >
MOONLIGHT KITE by Helen E. Buckley
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Primavera captures the magic of moonlight on the sea, candlelight on ancient stone, and kite tails snapping against a backdrop of stars. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A thoroughly captivating story from Buckley (``Take Care of Things,'' Edward Said, 1991, etc.) about three monks, the last of their order, who labor in lonely silence in a crumbling monastery on a hilltop, forgotten by the villagers below. Read full book review >
OUR BABY FROM CHINA by Nancy D'Antonio
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1997

"A gentle, upbeat exploration of one form of adoption. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
``Once there was a little girl named Xiangwei (SHAN-way). Read full book review >
NO ONE TOLD THE AARDVARK by Deborah Eaton
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Investigative minds can further explore the facts presented in an expanded illustrated glossary at the back of the book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The notion of connecting personal human habits, such as eating and bathing, to the animal kingdom provides an imaginative backdrop for learning animal behavior. Read full book review >
MRS. MEYER THE BIRD by Wolf Erlbruch
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"Splendid. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This book is very nearly a piece of art, both in the tender, offbeat story and in the illustrations. Mrs. Meyer is a worrier and not just about the small stuff. Read full book review >
THE FRIGHTFUL STORY OF HARRY WALFISH by Brian Floca
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Xiphorhynchus erythropygius, I believe,'' notes Ms. Leonard-Brakthurst) to a pygmy marmoset (Callithrix pygmaea), while his crisp, animated watercolors add to the fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
For his first solo outing, Floca (illustrator of Avi's Poppy, 1995) has created a whopper that operates on a number of levels: as a zoological exploration, as a wry cautionary tale, and as a story of just deserts. Read full book review >
THE SEVEN SILLY EATERS by Mary Ann Hoberman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1997

"Point taken—the antidote for picky eaters (and for the happy trials of large families) is a good sense of humor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hoberman (The Cozy Book, 1995, etc.) renders the story of finicky eaters with an understatement that both children and those who cook for them will appreciate. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >