THE OLD, OLD MAN AND THE VERY LITTLE BOY by Kristine L. Franklin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Fine debuts for both author and artist. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The cycle of generations in an African village: A little boy who enjoys a toothless old man's stories asks, ``Were you ever a little boy?'' and is incredulous when he's told that ``Inside this old, old man...lives a very little boy.'' Time passes, and he lives to give his own grandson the same answer to the same question, and hear him respond with the same laughter. Read full book review >
HIAWATHA by Dennis Brindell Fradin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Bibliography; index. (Biography. 8-12)"
Longfellow was inspired to write his well-known poem by a misnamed 19th-century book of legends, The Myth of Hiawatha, by Henry Schoolcraft. Read full book review >

IN MY TENT by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"McCully's impressionistic watercolors nicely reflect the quiet mood and warm interaction. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
A cycle of poetic vignettes centering on the young narrator's tent (``what I like best is the color/suddenly orange/like an oriole landing/in the emerald woods/quietly saying, I'm here''), promised her during a snowfall ``On the day the twins were born.'' Most of the episodes occur during a summer camping trip: Dad's affectionately teasing wake-up call; getting a little lost in the woods; finding out that even baked beans are delicious here; regretfully taking down a spider's web with the tent. Read full book review >
MOLE AND SHREW STEP OUT by Jackie French Koller
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Kids will enjoy the amusing wordplay in the endearingly foolish Mole's exchanges with his perky little friend; Ormai brings them both, and their cozy, well-appointed woodland homes, nicely to life. (Picture book/Young reader. 4-8)"
The two appealing creatures introduced in Mole and Shrew (1991), now neighbors and firm friends, attend a ball. Read full book review >
JOSIE'S TROUBLES by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Readers are sure to enjoy the antics. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lovingly, Naylor spoofs the domino effect of a fourth- grader's difficulties. Read full book review >

HOME BY FIVE by Ruth Wallace-Brodeur
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Perceptive and simply told, a warmhearted story appropriately illustrated with gentle impressionistic paintings. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The rink closes at 4:30, and Papa says there will be no excuses for being late—it's only a four-block walk. Read full book review >
THE DARLING BOYS by M.C. Helldorfer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A good choice for sharing with a group. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A feminist slant on a traditional ballad or tale, ``Get Up and Bar the Door'': The baker's widow dotes on her sons, Swindle and Gyp, but—while she and their hard-working sister Vi take loaves to market—the two steal gold from the family pot and bicker until one declares that whoever speaks first must lock the door. Read full book review >
A BIRTHDAY BASKET FOR TIA by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Cecilia and her family are charming. (Picture book. 2- 6)"
Great-aunt T°a is 90, and the whole family is getting ready to surprise her on her birthday. Read full book review >
KATIE'S TRUNK by Ann Turner
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Himler's gentle hues impart a misty, long-ago feeling, but he also nicely catches the story's drama in his carefully composed watercolors. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In a true incident from the author's family history, rebel militia ransack a despised Tory family's house for valuables to buy arms. Read full book review >
JOEY'S WAY by Kate Aver
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-8)"
Variations on a simple theme: each season, when Gramp and Grandma take Joey (five) and her older brother and sister on an outing, Joey's approach to their activities is unique. Read full book review >
ELEANOR, ARTHUR, AND CLAIRE by Diana Engel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"With the importance it places on creativity in relationships and in working through grief, unusual and effective as well as appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Claire loves visits with Grandma, a painter, and Grandpa, a sculptor. Read full book review >
MOM'S BEST FRIEND by Sally Hobart Alexander
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Ancona's many, crisp b&w photos make a fine complement to the brief but informative text. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
The author of Mom Can't See Me (1990) again presents her experiences as a blind person through her daughter's eyes and voice. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >