THE FRIENDLY SNOWFLAKE by M. Scott Peck
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"First printing of 100,000. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The psychotherapist author of The Road Less Traveled (a bestseller for over nine years) assays his first children's book- -a slight story much burdened with a heavy message. Read full book review >
THE CAT CAME BACK by Bill Slavin
adapted by Bill Slavin, illustrated by Bill Slavin
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Catchy tune included; good fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A merry song about a man who tries various extreme measures to get rid of his cat, which always manages to reappear: ``Mister Johnson gave the cat/to a man in a balloon,/He said, `Please take this cat/and leave it on the moon.'/The balloon came down about/ ninety miles away,/Where the man is now, well,/no one wants to say./And the cat came back/the very next day....'' In Slavin's energetic watercolors, the balloonist's suspenders are caught high on a tree branch, while the cat emerges from a futuristic space vehicle with a wedge of ``Moon Cheese.'' Other visual extensions of the lilting verse are equally lively and amusing; whether by stagecoach or taxi, puss always makes it back to her favorite perch as a couch potato with plenty of munchies. Read full book review >

DINOSAUR VALLEY by Mitsuhiro Kurokawa
DINOSAURS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Glossary, including names of dinosaurs mentioned. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Translated from the Japanese, a day in the late Cretaceous life of an Orodromeus—a relatively small dinosaur—and her newly hatched ``chicks.'' Broad double spreads in simple blues, greens, and browns depict encounters with many other species—plants, birds, insects, and larger reptiles—but though there's a battle between two Pachycephalosaurs, there's no bloodshed; the Orodromeus chicks succeed in hiding from the many predators shown. Read full book review >
HOWLING FOR HOME by Joan Carris
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Still, a readable story about an appealing pup and his new boy, fine for young dog lovers. (Fiction/Young reader. 7-10)"
A ``Springboard Book'' about an irrepressible Bernese mountain dog's adjustment to a new home. Read full book review >
THE BATHWATER GANG GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS by Jerry Spinelli
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"A minor effort. (Fiction. 7-9)"
In another lightweight "Springboard Book," Bertie of The Bathwater Gang (1990) organizes a dog-washing business in hopes of earning enough for circus tickets. Read full book review >

THE STINKY SNEAKERS CONTEST by Julie Anne Peters
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Smith's freely squiggled, cartoony b&w illustrations (in which most of the characters are African-Americans) extend the lively characterizations and the humor. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Peters debuts with a ``Springboard Book'' about a contest that surely could never be—but that will certainly elicit gleeful giggles. Read full book review >
TALL BOY'S JOURNEY by Joanna Halpert Kraus
FICTION
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"Ritz's sensitive watercolors, on attractively textured paper, reflect the unusually perceptive and detailed portrayal of the first days of a transcultural adoption. (Fiction/Young reader. 7-10)"
By the adoptive mother of a Korean boy (now adult), a realistic account of experiences similar to her son's. Read full book review >
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY! by Tilde Michels
NATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"Quiet, but refreshing as a summer breeze. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A childhood idyll from a well-known German author (Rabbit Spring, 1990). Read full book review >
PORKER'S TAXI by Sven Nordqvist
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"The book's small size (6''x7'') and simple, cartoony illustrations add to the appeal. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Porker—the appealingly bulbous bear in Porker Finds a Chair (1989)—tries to use the wheelbarrow he's just found as a taxi. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE FLOWER KING by Kveta Pacovská
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"Try this with very young children, who'll like the peek-a-boo cover cutouts and respond to the vibrant colors, bold forms, and simple story. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The Czech author-illustrator of a wonderfully inventive counting book (One, Five, Many) brings the same imagination and brilliant colors to illustrations for an old-fashioned story a little king whose happy life planting tulips is incomplete until he quests for a princess (he finds her in a tulip blossom) and makes her his queen. Read full book review >
A TO ZEN by Ruth Wells
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"Still, nice. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 8-11)"
Alphabet-book format can prove unaccommodating for informational books; still, it's sometimes used to surprisingly good effect, as it is here. Read full book review >
SAM PANDA AND THUNDER DRAGON by Chris Conover
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"Endpaper game. (Picture book. 4-9)"
An imaginative story about an overalls-clad panda who leaves his apple orchard for the city during a drought. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >