PEARL'S FIRST PRIZE PLANT by A. Delaney
FICTION
Released: May 11, 1997

"This is a great book to have on hand for young gardeners who may not achieve results that match the pictures on the seed packets. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In fewer than 200 words, Delaney (The Gunnywolf, 1992, not reviewed, etc.) constructs a small, endearing drama around the idea that biggest isn't always best. Read full book review >
MISSISSIPPI MUD by Ann Turner
FICTION
Released: May 11, 1997

"The vivid writing is ideal for savoring at story hours; the appealing illustrations—sometimes intrusively literal, more often a poetic match to the text—would also work well in a group setting. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Turner (Shaker Hearts, 1997, etc.) offers a splendid tale of the pioneering spirit. Read full book review >

WHO IS BEN? by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: May 11, 1997

"In the same way that the text anchors larger issues to a child's musings, the illustrations secure the universe-sized 'big picture' to a boy's snug bedroom. (Picture book. 5-9)"
From the moment readers see Ben peering at them from the title page of this philosophical investigation, they'll know they're in for a new treat from Zolotow (When the Wind Stops, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO ATE WORDS by Thierry Dedieu
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"The illustrations are perfectly composed scrawls, poster-paint bold, and big. (Picture book. 5-10)"
An idiosyncratic tale that creates a gastronomical playground from mere words. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1997

"In this affectionate, animated biography, Warner comes across as a fascinating individual; her story will enchant The Boxcar Children's legions of fans. (b&w photos and illustrations, bibliography, index) (Biography. 7-12)"
Warner was a reader and a writer from childhood on. Read full book review >

PUDDLES by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"The illustrations are full of light, color, and motion, especially in the adroit depictions of mud and water, reflections and perspectives. (Picture book. 3-8)"
From London (see review, above), a joyous celebration of a world all wet the morning after a night of rain. Read full book review >
THE SECRET BOX by Gayle Pearson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

"Pearson hasn't forgotten the difficulty of puzzling things out, and the shock and sweetness of seminal experiences. (Short stories. 8-12)"
A handful of consistently extraordinary stories about secrets, ethics, and bewildering affections, featuring characters from Pearson's One Potato, Tu (1992). Read full book review >
THE HIRED HAND by Robert D. San Souci
Released: May 1, 1997

"Inspired by a small Virginia anti-slavery town for its setting and drawing from 18th-century costume with the influence of European fairy-tale art, Pinkney works his magic by blending both character and drama with the hushed tones of history. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
An African-American folktale from Southern oral tradition, first recorded in the late 19th century. Read full book review >
SMOKY MOUNTAIN ROSE by Alan Schroeder
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1997

"A particularly nice touch is that pretty Rose has ordinary brown hair, while her stepsisters, homely though they are, are the more traditionally glamorous blonde and brunette. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
Schroeder's version of this tale is based directly on the familiar 17th-century Perrault tale, but written in an Appalachian dialect and placed ``smack in the heart o' the Smoky Mountains.'' Cinderella—Rose in this tale—is the gentle daughter of a father who dies not long after he remarries. Read full book review >
DOG AND CAT MAKE A SPLASH by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Spohn's trademark simplicity is evident in the contained pen-and-ink drawings, suitable for providing picture clues for beginning readers, but lacking the zing of James Marshall's Fox books, or even of the previous book about Dog and Cat. (Fiction. 5-8)"
In this Easy-to-Read entry, Dog and Cat (Dog and Cat Shake a Leg, 1996, etc.) know how to have fun. Read full book review >
RAPUNZEL by Jacob Grimm
by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, translated by Anthea Bell, illustrated by Maja Dusíková
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Bell's translation is ideal for reading aloud. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
This rendition of Rapunzel hews very closely to the original, a familiar romantic adventure: Rapunzel's father is caught nipping rampion from the witch's garden to satisfy his pregnant wife's craving, and agrees to surrender the child to the witch to guarantee his wife's health. Read full book review >
MY DOG NEVER SAYS PLEASE by Suzanne Williams
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Still, enough readers have probably coveted their pet's setup to provide this switcheroo with a large human audience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dogs don't have rules of etiquette to follow, and Ginny Mae is envious. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >