THE PROMISED LAND by Isabelle Holland
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

Maggie and Annie, the orphaned Irish-Catholic sisters who rode the orphan train to their new home in Kansas in The Journey Home (1990), now face painful choices in the sequel. Read full book review >
BLACK ELEPHANT WITH A BROWN EAR (IN ALABAMA) by Barbara Ann Porte
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"This may well change the way readers look at art in general; those who want to see more of Traylor's work should track down Mary E. Lyons's Deep Blues: Bill Traylor, Self-Taught Artist (1994). (Short stories. 8-10)"
A man strides along with a huge blue bowl—and a dog—on his head. Read full book review >

BOOMER GOES TO SCHOOL by Constance W. McGeorge
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"He's an endearing hero, just right for preschoolers curious about where their older siblings go during the day. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Boomer, a shaggy golden retriever and hero of Boomer's Big Day (1994, not reviewed), goes to school with his owner; after a morning of playing with the kids and then eating lunch (theirs), he becomes the star of the afternoon show-and-tell. Read full book review >
MY BROTHER IS FROM OUTER SPACE by Vivian Ostrow
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"It may inspire similar investigations in many households. (Picture book. 5-9)"
For readers who also suspect their siblings are aliens from another planet: Meet Alex, the narrator of this book of evidence against his brother's being human. Read full book review >
WHY? by Nikolai Popov
by Nikolai Popov, illustrated by Nikolai Popov
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Provocative. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A wordless condemnation of violence and war—their often absurd origins and always grim aftermath. Read full book review >

MUD by Mary Lyn Ray
by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Wallow in it. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The unjustly neglected subject of ``gooey, gloppy, mucky, magnificent mud'' requires a unique perspective to transform it from the mundane to the celebrated. Read full book review >
BEACH BUNNY by Jennifer  Selby
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"It almost need not be said—children will love him, too. (Picture book. 2-6)"
For her first picture-book solo, Selby (In the Still of the Night, 1994) creates bold, colorful graphics that will be popular with the point-and-name set. Read full book review >
SAILAWAY HOME by Bruce Degen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Perfect for toddlers showing their first signs of independence. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The fantastic adventures of a little pig who ``leaves'' his parents in order to fight pirates, to fly on a butterfly, and to ``Sailaway, sailaway,/Over the foam./Blow with the gale away,/Bail with a pail away,/Hitch to a whale, and then/Sailaway home.'' The rhymes always follow the same short and bouncy pattern; the animals look like toys, and the adventures are always rooted in a domestic setting. Read full book review >
GIFTS by Jo Ellen Bogart
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"The lyrical and lighthearted rhymes never convey the exuberance of the art but advance the story nicely by providing a sequence of cues for the pictures. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lively plasticine bas-reliefs depict scenes of another traveling grandmother (see Blackstone review, above) and the gifts she brings to her granddaughter from around the world. Read full book review >
THE KING'S GIRAFFE by Mary Jo Collier
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Nancy Milton's The Giraffe That Walked To Paris (1992) commemorates the same incident; while she, too, employs invented dialogue, the Colliers's first collaboration is a somewhat longer, more elaborately illustrated account. (Picture book. 8-10)"
In 1826, searching for a suitable gift for the king of France, Egypt's pasha happily seizes on the suggestion of a stable boy, Abdul, that he send his giraffe. Read full book review >
JUST STAY PUT by Gary Clement
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Clement's witty illustrations depict Mendel sometimes towering over the village, sometimes in miniature among giants, always slightly dazed. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Chelm, that village of ``extremely silly'' (as Clement words it) folk, is the setting of a splendidly idiotic tale of Mendel, a lazy man with his head literally in the clouds. Read full book review >
TWO MRS. GIBSONS by Toyomi Igus
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"Wells's colorful pictures have a matching warmth of spirit, along with an awkwardness of figure and perspective that gives them the look of folk art. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
In alternating passages, a young girl tells about two women she knew in her past, one an elderly African-American, the other a younger Japanese. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >