FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"The same detectives appear in a baseball mystery, The Case of the Unnatural (ISBN: 0-71676506-3); both are BOMC alternates. (Fiction. 8-14)"
One of two brief mysteries based on Dragnet parodies aired on Children's Television Workshop's educational math program, Square One TV. Read full book review >
APES by Tess Lemmon
by Tess Lemmon, illustrated by John Butler
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"An endpaper world map shows the apes' limited ranges. (Nonfiction. 7- 10)"
In handsome oversize format, a look at gibbons, gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans. Read full book review >

THERE'S A COW IN THE ROAD! by Reeve Lindbergh
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A joyous, comical pacesetter for a busy morning. (Picture book. 4-7)"
``...She's a big one too,/Browsing on blossoms/Drenched with dew.'' In spritely verse, a child getting ready for school reports the drama accumulating outside her Vermont farmhouse window: traffic halts, minutes pass, and more animals congregate- -plus a paperboy treed by ``...a goat in the road! Read full book review >
BEARS by Helen Gilks
by Helen Gilks, illustrated by Andrew Bale
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Also see Lemmon's Apes (below) in the same format. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Large, meticulously observed color illustrations highlight this appealing survey, which includes two pages of ``Bear Facts,'' scale drawings, scientific names, and several pages each on the polar, brown, black, speckled, Asiatic, sloth, and sun bears and the giant panda. Read full book review >
DOG IN, CAT OUT by Gillian Rubinstein
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Charming. (Picture book. 1-6)"
The title's four words, reordered on each spread, comprise the entire vocabulary of this imaginative portrayal of a busy family's day as punctuated by the comings and goings of their pets. Read full book review >

THE GREAT PONY HASSLE by Nancy Springer
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Though the resolution is too good to be true (all four girls get horses), and the real issues of blending families are barely explored, young horse-story lovers will hop on eagerly for a quick ride. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Double trouble in a lightweight horse-story: When the mother of ten-year-old twins Staci and Toni marries the father of ten- year-old twins Stirling and Paisley, conflict is inevitable. Read full book review >
O CANADA by Ted Harrison
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Canada's national anthem is included. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 6-10)"
A brief, affectionate statement about Canada as a whole prefaces a similar page on each of its provinces, mentioning natural resources, characterizing the population, and pointing out distinctive qualities. Read full book review >
THE JOKE'S ON GEORGE by Michael O. Tunnell
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A handsome, entertaining glimpse of times past. (Picture book. 5-9)"
...Washington, that is, in a delightful vignette narrated by Rembrandt Peale—in whose father's remarkable museum the incident took place and on whose memoirs this account is based. Read full book review >
ELLEN AND PENGUIN by Clara Vulliamy
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A lovely, warm story that makes a nice companion to Oxenbury's Tom and Pippo books. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The idea isn't new—Ellen's toy penguin, protected with motherly care and concern, is part imaginary friend and part surrogate for her own timidity—but it's explored here with unusual delicacy. Read full book review >
A COLOR SAMPLER by Kathleen Westray
COLORS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Solid, useful information in attractive format. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
A straightforward explication of color basics, telling how primary colors are mixed to make secondary and intermediate colors; how other hues are created, including the darkening, lightening, and muting effects of black and white; and how pattern and juxtaposition change the eye's response and create optical illusions. Read full book review >
LITTLE HOUSE ON ROCKY RIDGE by Roger Lea MacBride
FICTION
Released: July 30, 1993

"First printing of 100,000. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Rose Wilder Lane's sole heir draws on family papers, Lane's published works, stories she told, and historical research to extend her mother's fictionalized family history into the next generation. Read full book review >
HANNA'S COLD WINTER by Trish Marx
ANIMALS
Released: July 7, 1993

"The war is offstage here; what's of interest is the warm period picture of family and city, authentically portrayed in Knutson's adroitly sketched pencil and watercolor art. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A curious true incident is incorporated into a pleasant glimpse of a Budapest family during WW II. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >