KOI AND THE KOLA NUTS by Brian Gleeson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Also available with a cassette, narrated by Whoppi Goldberg. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
When Koi gets only a kola tree as his inheritance, he leaves his village to look for one where a chief's son will be treated with more respect. Read full book review >
THE SNOW CAT by Dayal Kaur Khalsa
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"There's a quietly imaginative appeal here, but the book is mostly of interest to complete Khalsa's oeuvre. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From the late author of such splendidly evocative books as Cowboy Dreams (1990, ALA Notable), a leisurely, folkloric story. Read full book review >

GHOST EYE by Marion Dane Bauer
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Hyman contributes a wealth of drawings; cats are one of her fortes, and these are a pleasure. (Fiction. 7-11)"
When old Lydia goes to a nursing home, her cat Purrloom Popcorn ("a white Cornish rex with one eye of brilliant blue and one of shining gold") goes on the competition circuit, where his extraordinary looks make him a Grand Champion. Read full book review >
COAST TO COAST by Betsy Byars
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Lively writing, enthralling setting: unusual and entertaining. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Birch's grandfather, "Pop," takes her up in his antique Piper Cub, it's supposed to be his farewell flight: the plane's to be sold, while newly widowed Pop is preparing to move to a retirement home. Read full book review >
THE BROODY HEN by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"For a story about a feckless nest-sitter—a book with an impeccable grasp of the rural scene—try Potter's The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Beautifully illustrated and handsomely presented, but a fundamentally wrongheaded book. Read full book review >

THE CAT THAT COULD SPELL MISSISSIPPI by Laura Hawkins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Still, Hawkins continues to show promise as a storyteller. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Vying for acceptance in her new fourth grade, Linda weaves a tangled web. ```We don't need any more girls in this class!''' they tell her. Read full book review >
TAKE A LOOK AT SNAKES by Betsy Maestro
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Attractive, but not essential. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
An introduction, with softly colored drawings that—while large and colorful—are sometimes fuzzy. Read full book review >
CARMINE THE CROW by Heidi Holder
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"An endearing old bird; a lovely book. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Holder revisits the enchanting world of Crows (1987) with a tale about an old crow who rescues a swan from a snare and is rewarded with a box of stardust that grants wishes. Read full book review >
MATHEW MICHAEL'S BEASTLY DAY by Deborah Johnston
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

When Mathew Michael wakes up, he feels (and, in Chwast's boldly outlined picture, looks) like a sloth; at breakfast, he's a hungry bear; then he's a timid rabbit boarding the school bus, a tyrannosaur who gets in trouble on the playground, and so on- -until he becomes a boy ready for tucking in and an animal story. Read full book review >
BOYS HERE--GIRLS THERE by Riki Levinson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 5-9)"
In Depression-era Brooklyn, Jennie (Dinnie Abbie Sister-r-r!, 1987) begins public school while Papa tries to recover from losing his work as a jeweler, Mama gets a job, and the three children help more around the house. Read full book review >
THE TREE THAT CAME TO STAY by Anna Quindlen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The events are unexceptional, but narrated with grace and a good sense of childhood's pleasures (though none of its conflicts or frustrations); the soft, realistic color illustrations appealingly depict a snowy, old-fashioned northeastern Christmas. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In her first picture book, the well-known columnist tells a bland but warmhearted story: a nice family with three young children choose their Christmas tree at a farm and happily decorates it together; when the children feel sad about putting the tree out with the trash, Mom comes up with an ingenious way to hold onto its lingering fragrance—a basketful of needles that will keep the gradually diminishing Christmas smell. Read full book review >
AUNT ELAINE DOES THE DANCE FROM SPAIN by Leah Komaiko
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The story is slight but pleasantly frothy; Mathers, widely praised for her sophisticated colors and clean, imaginative design, breaks no new ground here but nicely captures the lighthearted spirit in her vibrant, delicately witty art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``Aunt Elaine/thinks she's from Spain,/but she and Dad were born in Maine,'' confides Elaine's slightly nerdy-looking niece, Katy; as ``Elena,'' her aunt is enthusiastic about performing Spanish dances with what looks like a multicultural troupe. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >