THE KEYS TO MY KINGDOM by Lydia Dabcovich
POETRY
Released: April 28, 1992

"A straightforward-looking presentation of an old favorite with a couple of nice extra dimensions. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-8)"
The traditional chant appears here in three languages (English, French, Spanish) and is given a new ``key'': artist's tools, wielded by a pigtailed young artist who can be found in each picture, following the route described and finally arranging the flowers in the basket and using her paints to depict what she has seen. Read full book review >
MRS. FITZ'S FLAMINGOS by Kevin McCloskey
FICTION
Released: April 28, 1992

"Yorinks and Egielski this isn't, but worth a try nonetheless. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A solitary lady decides to improve her view of ``a sagging tar-paper roof, and the back sides of some billboards'' by putting up plastic flamingos, which she buys two at a time when she does errands in her Brooklyn neighborhood. Read full book review >

THE CIRCUS by Heidi Goennel
FICTION
Released: April 28, 1992

"(Picture book. 3-7)"
An illustrator distinguished by her elegant composition, sophisticated bright color, and simplified forms surveys some of the big top's most compelling visual images: elephants, a spotlit ringmaster, trapeze artists, animal tamers, clowns, etc. For collections that must choose, Ehlert's vibrant stylizations (Circus, p. 322) are more innovative and arresting; but Goennel's more realistic representation is pleasant, and makes a good introduction to a favorite experience. Read full book review >
BROTHER BILLY BRONTO'S BYGONE BLUES BAND by David F. Birchman
DINOSAURS
Released: April 28, 1992

"Good fun. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In a cadenced narrative dancing with wordplay, Birchman describes a hot band that includes ``Rex the King Tyrone on the slide trombone...a mean allosaurus saxophonist nicknamed Lizard Lips Grace...[and] the heart of the band...Brother Billy Bronto. Read full book review >
GREEDYANNA by Frank Remkiewicz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 28, 1992

"This slight tale is not as funny as it hopes to be, but the text's poker-faced exaggeration and the cheerful cartoony illustrations will strike a familiar chord in many families. (Picture book. 3- 7)"
A cautionary tall tale: Eddie's little sister is going through what her parents hopefully term ``a phase'' whose key word is ``Mine!'' While her family patiently waits it out, Anna monopolizes the food (except for lima beans), the house (the others move to the garage), and the family car (she rides while they push). Read full book review >

THE MAN WHO WAS TOO LAZY TO FIX THINGS by Phyllis Krasilovsky
FICTION
Released: April 28, 1992

The author of an old favorite, The Man Who Didn't Wash His Dishes (1950), comes up with a fable about a man who doesn't bother to maintain his fine new house. Read full book review >
WHILE I SLEEP by Mary Calhoun
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 23, 1992

"The idea here is trite, but Young's imaginative visualization is a pleasure. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Like Ginsburg's Asleep, Asleep (below), another bedtime survey of sleepers, inspired by a child's questions. Read full book review >
JUMPING JENNY by Bonnie Pryor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 23, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7- 11)"
Jenny's first weeks of kindergarten are full of challenges and disappointments. Read full book review >
LITTLE MOUSE'S PAINTING by Diane Wolkstein
ANIMALS
Released: April 23, 1992

"The appealing story delivers its message without insistence; the imaginative paintings, burgeoning with delightful detail, are exquisite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A simple but carefully crafted story by a popular storyteller (The Magic Orange Tree, 1978) is brought to enchanting life in meticulous paintings by the illustrator of The Porcupine Mouse (1988). Read full book review >
THE TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC by Jimmy Kennedy
FICTION
Released: April 17, 1992

"Appealing; too bad the music wasn't included. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An expansive setting (11''x12'') for a sentimental favorite, a song (``written over forty years ago'') describing a teddy bears' woodland outing without their ``Mummies and Daddies,'' who come at the end to ``take them home to bed.'' Hague provides a lush setting, mostly in teddy-bear brown and gold, with muscular Rackham trees, fairies hiding under toadstools and among roots, dozens of winsome bears feasting, blowing bubbles, swimming, etc., and one toddler (disguised in a bear-suit and clutching his own large teddy) as observer; in the end, these last two snuggle down amid fairy dust after the other bears have gone home. Read full book review >
GRANDPA PUTTER AND GRANNY HOE by Kimberly Olson Fakih
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 16, 1992

"A delightful early chapter book, well worth reading aloud. (Fiction. 6-10)"
What a gift: Two delectably funny books coming out in April, old-hand Lowry's (below) and this splendid debut. Read full book review >
THE JADE STONE by Caryn Yacowitz
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 15, 1992

"A tale about artistic integrity, told with such artful simplicity that it'll be easily accessible to young children. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
When the Emperor of China is given a perfect piece of jade, he orders master carver Chan Lo to form from it ``a dragon of wind and fire.'' But Chan Lo can carve only what he hears in the stone, and the gentle, playful sounds emanating from this noble piece speak of a graceful trio of carp. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >