THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS by Neil Philip
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1997

"With a beautiful map of the voyage and an illustrated guide to the principal characters, an already grand story has become a sumptuous visual feast. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Philip (American Fairy Tales, 1996, etc.) competently retells the famous Greek story of Odysseus's ten-year journey home from the Trojan War, beset by the wrath of Poseidon, various monsters, witches, and his own pride. Read full book review >
HOPPER'S TREETOP ADVENTURE by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"The soft watercolors wash the whole event with angelic light. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A modest adventure involving an ambitious bunny, a tall tree, and some hazelnuts. Read full book review >

WILDFLOWER ABC by Diana Pomeroy
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Some readers will want to refer to the earlier book for instructions on how to create the prints. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Using potato prints, acrylic paints, and appliquÇ, Pomeroy (One Potato, 1996) has created an alphabet of wildflowers not to be missed. Read full book review >
ROSIE'S FIDDLE by Phyllis Root
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1997

"A toe-tapping tall tale to read aloud. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
The devil does love a good contest. Read full book review >
THREE KIND MICE by Vivian Sathre
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"One of the most successful aspects of the book is the luxuriant use of space; the layout employs great fields of white that give the gleeful story room to breathe. (Picture book. 4-8)"
These mice are busy, busy, busy. Read full book review >

THE MISSING SUNFLOWERS by Maggie Stern
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"There's much to think about here, and Ruff breathes summer's warmth into the mixture with her sunny palette. (Picture book. 5- 8)"
Stern's first book is part mystery, part natural history, part philosophy. Read full book review >
NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON 90TH STREET by Roni Schotter
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Schotter's story and Brooker's collages perfectly capture the cluttered eclecticism of New York City street life, so readers will forgive the author if the story lacks focus: The writing tips (which children will like) are lost in the blizzard of activity. (Picture book. 5-10)"
From Schotter (A Fruit and Vegetable Man, 1993, etc.), the story of a would-be writer and her blank page, and the life going on all around her. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Heavy-handed, and not terribly interesting. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Jazz, Pizzazz, and the Silver Threads (1996), Calvin takes in a large and seemingly untrainable dog for a month, during which time he must teach him to behave and find him a home. Read full book review >
CHARLES OF THE WILD by John Hassett
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"An engaging and very doggy story from the Hassetts (We Got My Brother at the Zoo, 1995). (Picture book. 6-7)"
In an exuberant paean to freedom, a pampered house dog hears the call of the wild, but can only dream longingly of running with the wolves and howling with coyotes until an open window offers escape. Read full book review >
BURNT TOAST ON DAVENPORT STREET by Tim Egan
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Home is where the burnt toast is in this original and zany offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Stella and Arthur, a couple of dogs, live on Davenport Street. Read full book review >
IN THE WILD by Nora Leigh Ryder
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Ryder, in her first book, shows respect for preschoolers and their ability to learn by seeing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Not all preschoolers are interested in farm animals, and for those who would rather visit the savannah than the barnyard, this book of African wildlife is a ticket to the Serengeti Plain. Read full book review >
HARVEY HARE, POSTMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE by Bernadette Watts
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"What powers this book, though, are the unpretentious, elegant illustrations; Watts captures the moods of the seasons and provides the right measure of drama to prevent the story from becoming a treacly salute. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Harvey Hare embodies all the traits that make letter carriers such bricks: Nature can't throw anything at him to prevent the swift completion of his appointed rounds. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >