A SUMMERTIME SONG by Irene Haas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Haas touches the story with rhyme here and there, infuses it with hope and old-fashioned enchantment, and loads the artwork with details that continue to reveal themselves upon additional readings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An opulent book that sports sumptuous watercolors, a lively tempo, and clever energy. Read full book review >
CONSTRUCTION ZONE by Tana Hoban
Released: April 1, 1997

"While not as tight as Hoban's other concept books, this will be a winner with kids who have devoured Byron Barton's Machines at Work, Anne Rockwell's Big Wheels, and B.G. Hennessy's Road Builders and who now want real pictures. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
From Hoban (Just Look, 1996, etc.), a series of full-page color photographs of construction machinery at work, from a rubber-tired backhoe to a crane with clamshell bucket. Read full book review >

YOUNG MOZART by Rachel Isadora
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 1997

"The stately wardrobes of the time will amuse children, but they will be awed at the myriad accomplishments of Mozart's short life. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
A concise, anecdotal biography of Mozart's life, emphasizing his youthful years as a child prodigy. Read full book review >
TUGBOATS by Robert Maass
by Robert Maass, photographed by Robert Maass
THINGS THAT GO
Released: April 1, 1997

"Still, Maass's explanation of such terms as headline, wheelhouse, and docking pilot should make preschoolers feel as salty as Popeye, and eager to hoist anchor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children will be delighted by the full-color photographs of many different tugboats—``the best-known and best-loved workboats of the water''—in this work from Maass (When Winter Comes, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
LITTLEJIM'S DREAMS by Gloria Houston
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1997

"Fans of the previous books (Littlejim's Gift, 1994, etc.) will not be disappointed. (b&w illustrations, further reading) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Littlejim Houston is nearly 14 and loves his life in rural Appalachia in 1920, but he dreams of being more than a farmer and logger. Read full book review >

ENCHANTMENT IN THE GARDEN by Shirley Hughes
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

A storybook with echoes of Frances Hodgson Burnett—absentee parents, a lonely girl, an orphan who blossoms while working in a garden, children who meet clandestinely, away from the governess's eyes—from Hughes, who illustrated an edition of The Secret Garden: all the elements of an old-fashioned read, but precious and out-of-date. Read full book review >
REX AND LILLY SCHOOLTIME by Laurie Krasny Brown
DINOSAURS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Using lots of picture clues and a limited vocabulary, the Browns carry newly independent readers along to a surprise twist at the end of each chapter, painlessly expanding their reading skills in the process. (Fiction. 5-7)"
Rex And Lilly Schooltime (32 pp.; $12.95; Apr. 1997; 0-316-10920- 7): Three short, funny chapters comprise this easy-to-read book starring dinosaurs Rex and Lilly from dino-experts Brown and Brown (When Dinosaurs Die, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"An eloquent ending to a book that makes a near-mythical event of WW II real and deeply personal. (Picture book. 8-11)"
A moving, fictionalized account of the ``miracle of Dunkirk,'' in which an armada of 861 ships ferried to safety across the English Channel over 300,000 Allied soldiers who had been trapped in northern France by the Germans. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"An attractive though specialized volume. (map, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Each fall and spring scientists and volunteers from HawkWatch International gather at Goshute Mountain, Nevada, to count the thousands of raptors that fly overhead on their annual migratory journey. Read full book review >
LOUELLA MAE, SHE'S RUN AWAY! by Karen Beaumont Alarcón
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1997

Alarc¢n's first book, given a farm setting, sends up a rallying cry in the search for the missing Louella Mae: ``Round up the horses!/Hitch up the team!/Hop in the buckboard/and look by the . . . stream.'' The last word appears on the following page, a device that is repeated throughout and that lends itself well to participation at story hours, since most children will be able to anticipate the rhyming word. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY CARD by Jerry Spinelli
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Spinelli is a shrewd storyteller, balancing lighter moments with provocative ones to meaningful effect. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Spinelli (The Bathwater Gang Gets Down to Business, 1992, etc.) has spun four disparate stories linked through the inanimate object that appears in each—a library card. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Marginal. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Texas in the 1930s is the setting for the eight episodes that make up this book. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >