MONTY by James Stevenson
ANIMALS
Released: March 27, 1992

"Typically delightful Stevenson wit, in both the economical, cartoon-style drawings and the spare, pungent dialogue. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Arthur (a frog) and Doris (a duck) and Tom (a rabbit) depend on Monty (an alligator), or anyhow they walk on him: he swims them across the river on the way to school, and they've begun to take him for granted (``Let's see some speed, Monty!''). Read full book review >
ALEX IS MY FRIEND by Marisabina Russo
FICTION
Released: March 27, 1992

"Russo's attractive illustrative style— expressive, simply delineated faces and flat, generalized forms in intense, subtly modulated colors—reflect the text's cheerfully sensible approach to its serious theme. (Picture book. 3-7)"
From the time Ben is coming in a stroller to the park where they first meet, Alex and Ben are close friends. Read full book review >

Released: March 27, 1992

"Unusually handsome and useful. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In the style of Giganti and Crews's How Many Snails? (1989), 11 opportunities for children to begin to grasp the concept of multiplication—or simply to count items that may mount into the 50s. Read full book review >
MARY MARONY AND THE SNAKE by Suzy Kline
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Mary's heart pounds when the second-grade teacher in her new school says, ``I want each one of you to stand up, say your name, and tell us one thing about yourself.'' As Mary fears, someone giggles at her stuttered statement. Read full book review >
CHICKEN SUNDAY by Patricia Polacco
Released: March 25, 1992

"A unique piece of Americana, as generously warm as Miss Eula herself, with her glorious singing voice 'like slow thunder and sweet rain.' (Picture book. 4-9)"
Drawing on her Oakland childhood, Polacco tells a wonderful story about helping her beat friends get an Easter hat for "gramma." Read full book review >

THE MOUSE BRIDE by Linda Allen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 25, 1992

"A charming story with an appealingly self-reliant little heroine. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Allen heard this Finnish tale as a child; as acknowledged here, it also appears as ``The Forest Bride'' in Parker Fillmore's Mighty Mikko (1922). Read full book review >
Released: March 25, 1992

"Folklorist Bruchac and poet London work together on brief, dignified retellings of Native American legends for the accompanying text, properly pointing out in an afterword that tribes in different areas see different seasonal patterns and hold different beliefs. (Poetry/Folklore. 7-9)"
From a velvety moonlit wetland scene in "Big Moon" to the glory of a deciduous forest in the "Moon of Falling Leaves," Locker once again proves himself a gifted landscape artist. Read full book review >
JENNY'S BEAR by Michael Ratnett
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 1992

"Perfect for a preschool story time—especially if the children have been invited to bring along their own bears. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When Jenny says she wants a real bear, her mother helps her clean out their old shed to make a den, which they furnish with Jenny's ``hundreds'' of toy bears. Read full book review >
ON A HOT, HOT DAY by Nicki Weiss
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 25, 1992

"Warm and attractive, a good choice for any season. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The creator of several simple, appealing picture books (Where Does the Brown Bear Go?, 1989) presents preschooler Angel and his mother, indoors and out, in a city neighborhood where they live between ``El Bodegero'' and ``Pepe's Luncheonette.'' The simple text highlights seasonal changes and activities (``On a cold winter day...Mama says, `Bundle up...' '') and year-round affection, while in the airy, simple compositions there are intriguing details to follow: a cat that reappears, items on sale at the store, the contents of a rooftop clothesline. Read full book review >
LA BELLA MAGELLONA AND THE LITTLE CAVALIER by Oscar de Mejo
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 25, 1992

"Not for every taste, but much to ponder—especially in the gorgeous art. (Picture book. 5-11)"
Hard on the heels of Richard Kennedy's debonair Little Love Song (1992, reviewed 12/15/91, p. 1593), about a peanut-sized ladylove, comes another sophisticated tale about mismatched lovers, this time with their sizes reversed. Read full book review >
A MOTHER FOR CHOCO by Keiko Kasza
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 1992

"Just right for the preschool group or beginning reader. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The talented creator of The Wolf's Chicken Stew (1987 ALA Notable) provides a warmhearted contemporary surprise ending for the time-honored formula of a little creature searching the animal kingdom for its appropriate mother. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 1992

"Glossary; no index. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Fifty appealing mammals, illustrated in meticulous detail. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >