ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8- 11)"
More intriguing animal facts from Facklam (And Then There Was One: The Mysteries of Extinction, 1990), who here explains how scientists investigate animal communication, including body language, sounds, and chemical signals: in one case, a robot bee is programmed to waggle-dance, flap its wings, and secrete drops of sweetened water so that researchers can determine essential elements in bee communication. Read full book review >
JUNE IS A TUNE THAT JUMPS ON A STAIR by Sarah Wilson
POETRY
Released: June 10, 1992

"Nice. (Poetry/Picture book. 2-7)"
``It's a day for a cone,/for a plum/or a peach,/a warm- spoony day/for a run/on the beach,/where a ball/hits the clouds,/where the sky tips/the sea,/where we jump/for the water,/one, two, three!'' Thirty-one childlike poems about everyday things—weather, growing, seasons, night—as lighthearted and easily accessible as the author's illustrations of merry tots and their animal friends. Read full book review >

ANTICS! by Cathi Hepworth
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 3, 1992

"A delightful vocabulary expander. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Not truly an anthology—though the pun is forgivable—but an alphabet of words with the syllable ``ant'' (``Brilliant,'' ``Immigrants,'' ``Rembrandt,'' ``Xanthophile''), accompanied by imaginatively conceived ant characters: a slim, armored ``Gallant'' bowing to his monarch; ``Kant'' with pen and quizzically furrowed brow; a giant ``Mutant'' menacing an anteater; an ``Observant'' sleuth. Read full book review >
THE OLD MAN AND THE FIDDLE by Michael McCurdy
FICTION
Released: June 3, 1992

"As a cautionary tale, the point seems belabored, though McCurdy's sprightly verse is imaginatively phrased; best are his lively illustrations with their angular human and animal characters, the dramatic black of the engraving tinted with softer color. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An accomplished wood engraver adopts the form and scenario of ``The Arkansas Traveler,'' writing a mostly new ballad with a more complicated plot: not only does the man's roof leak, but ``His house was a shambles, the porch almost gone,/The yard was a sight, but the man fiddled on.'' Several neighbors, amusingly depicted in McCurdy's vigorous art, protest and try to help, but in the end it takes a flood to tidy up—a flood that takes the old man with it but fails to quench his spirit: on the last page, he's glimpsed fiddling from ``beyond the next hill'' (apparently the next life). Read full book review >
POPCORN PARK ZOO by Wendy Pfeffer
ANIMALS
Released: June 3, 1992

"Brief glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 8- 12)"
This unusual zoo in New Jersey takes in and cares for old, injured, handicapped, or unwanted animals, both wild and domestic. Read full book review >

THE SIMPLE PEOPLE by Tedd Arnold
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"Simplistic and heavy-handed, but in the spirit of real contemporary concerns—a book that could contribute to thoughtful discussion. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The ``simple people''—depicted in Shachat's glowing mixed- media art as adult males whose pink, almost hairless heads constitute more than half their bulk—live happily, singing songs and eating fruit, until a serpent intrudes in the form of a first invention: Node makes a frame to look through. Read full book review >
BOOTS AND THE GLASS MOUNTAIN by Claire Martin
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 1992

"This Cinderella variant doesn't really need such a lush setting, but many will enjoy it. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
A restructuring of Asbjornsen and Moe's ``The Princess on the Glass Hill.'' Martin modernizes the language, prunes descriptions and repetitions, and adds unnecessary explanations, a romantic source for Boots's tinderbox, and the threat of a troll groom if the princess's suitors fail. Read full book review >
RED FOX ON THE MOVE by Hannah Giffard
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1992

"As in Red Fox (1991), a slight plot is distinguished by well-designed, stylized illustrations in pleasing, bright colors. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After a bulldozer rousts Red Fox and his family from their home, they swim a river, brave a train tunnel, and try holes occupied by several other creatures before happening on one that is available for them to settle in. Read full book review >
SUSANNAH AND THE PURPLE MONGOOSE MYSTERY by Patricia Elmore
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"The jacket painting shows Susannah as African-American; other illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Third in a series of mysteries solved by a multiethnic trio of sixth-grade detectives in Oakland, California. Read full book review >
BILLY AND BELLE by Sarah Garland
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1992

"But: it's an obviously British book with universal appeal, and multicultural is in—so why these clumsy efforts to deny the authentic setting? (Picture book. 4-8)"
Today Belle is going to school with big brother Billy for the first time, because Dad (who is black) is taking ``Mom'' (blond) to the hospital: a new baby is coming. Read full book review >
TALKING WALLS by Margy Burns Knight
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"Thoughtfully composed, an unusually attractive book that wisely allows readers to draw their own inferences. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-10)"
What is a wall? Read full book review >
KATIE AND THE DINOSAURS by James Mayhew
DINOSAURS
Released: June 1, 1992

"The plot's predictable if ever-popular, while Mayhew's creatures are appealingly anthropomorphized and set in a lush landscape, skillfully rendered in sepia line and glowing watercolors. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Leaving Grandma, who scorns dinosaurs, drowsing on a museum bench, Katie slips through a forbidden door for a prehistoric adventure: she helps lost baby Hadrosaurus find his parents. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >