BIG BROTHER MIKE by Dan Yaccarino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 15, 1993

"An interesting graphic variant on a familiar theme. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A familiar litany of complaints about an older sibling: Mike, who wanted Mom to take his new little brother back after he was born, hogs toys and ``when we play `rescue,' I'm always the victim.'' Still, there have been nicer times, such as ``the morning he helped me bury my hamster when it died''; he even stayed friendly and sympathetic all day. Read full book review >
ABUELA'S WEAVE by Omar S. Castañeda
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 15, 1993

"Handsome, appealing, and sure to be useful. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A new publisher with a multicultural mission makes an excellent first showing (also see Mochizuki, below) with this picture-book debut by the author of Among the Volcanoes (1991)— in which Castañeda returns to his native Guatemala for a story about Esperanza and her grandmother selling their traditional woven articles. Read full book review >

MAMMOLINA by Barbara O’Connor
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 11, 1993

"Brief bibliography. (Biography. 8-12)"
In the ``Creative Minds'' series, Italy's first woman physician (1870-1952)—a pediatrician who later pioneered educating children by using real-life experiences and sensory materials (e.g., sandpaper letters), as well as by observing children to find out how they learn—is an inspiring figure, of special interest to children at Montessori schools but also relevant to others as an influential thinker responsible for many of the precepts of modern education. Read full book review >
GRANDADDY'S HIGHWAY by Harriett Diller
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 10, 1993

"An amiable depiction of an old trucker's memories awakening a child's imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Although Grandmother thinks it's time for Maggie to go to sleep, Grandaddy delays tucking her in: he and Maggie are pretending that she's helping him to take his big red trailer truck across America on US 30. Read full book review >
CHI-HOON by Patricia McMahon
NONFICTION
Released: March 8, 1993

"Still, a handsome, informative, and readable photo-essay. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
A typical week in the life of a high-spirited eight-year-old in Seoul, emphasizing her wish to be properly dutiful and respectful (paramount cultural values in Korea) in order to win a prize at school, with excerpts from her diary (the days in Korean characters) and a wealth of information about names, foods, schools, and the city of Seoul. Read full book review >

LEARNING TO SWIM IN SWAZILAND by Nila K. Leigh
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

"A few color photos round out this charming book. (Nonfiction. 4-9)"
Subtitled A Child's-Eye View of a Southern African Country'' and originally written as letters (to classmates in New York) by an eight-year-old who had gone to live there. Read full book review >
A RAINY DAY by Sandra Markle
NATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"An excellent concept book. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Going beyond the usual water-cycle recapitulation, a well- regarded science author relays information a gifted parent or teacher might share on a walk in the rain: how oily feathers keep wet ducks comfortable while most animals shelter in dry places; why earthworms come out and what they do on the surface (sometimes seek a mate); what happens when a corrugated box gets wet; the reason for an umbrella's shape; the several places water may go after the rain stops; and more. Read full book review >
THE PADDOCK by Lilith Norman
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

"Thoughtful and carefully wrought: a worthy companion to Jeannie Baker's Window (1991). (Picture book. 4-10)"
Explaining her eponymous metaphor for the earth as an encompassing word for land of virtually any size or condition, a well-regarded Australian author (Climb a Lonely Hill, 1970, o.p.) draws on mythic Dreamtime and on modern environmental concerns for a lyrical reprise of ``the paddock's'' history—touching on land's formation from lava and rock, early life and the age of dinosaurs, and changing continents before centering on primeval Australia and its two waves of settlers. Read full book review >
YOUNG GUINEVERE by Robert D. San Souci
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1993

"His elfin, auburn-haired heroine is genuinely appealing, and, sure, this Guinevere is a strong female protagonist, but she's also a problematic pastiche of ancient romance and a thoroughly modern point of view. (Folklore/Picture book. 7-10)"
A few fragments of legend—which San Souci, in a cursory note mentioning ``a variety of classic and contemporary sources,'' does not sort out from his own additions—are padded out to create a story about Guinevere as a girl who enjoys rambling the woods, where she encounters a unicorn and other legendary creatures; later, some of these figure in her urgent mission to the new King Arthur to request his aid against enemies besieging her father's castle. Read full book review >
THE SUB by P.J. Petersen
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-10)"
When the substitute walks in, James and Ray quickly decide to switch desks and identities—but the joke turns as sour as the smells from Ray's garbage-filled desk when James finds himself blamed for his friend's high jinks and poor schoolwork. Read full book review >
KELLY IN THE MIRROR by Martha M. Vertreace
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, the author makes a good debut with her nicely honed text and realistic dialogue; her depiction of this affectionate African-American family is warm and wholesome, while Speidel's richly toned impressionistic pastels are full of good humor. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Not realizing how much Kelly worries because she isn't included in their comparisons, her family talks constantly about how much Bryan looks like Daddy and Erin looks like Mamma. Read full book review >
THE BIG NIGHT OUT by Thor Wickstrom
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Lighthearted and funny, a book to try with older groups as well as preschoolers. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In the first book he's not only written but illustrated, Wickstrom adopts an exuberant verse form, echoing Lear's ``The Owl and the Pussycat,'' to describe the partying of a mouse, a goose, and a ``bear [who] wore a cape he had sewn from a drape,/ With a monocle and a cravat./ (What a dude!)/ With a monocle and a cravat!'' When they leave the uptown club where they've been carousing (over milk and juice), they're broke; rather than trudging home, they beg a ride on a friend's boat. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >