Released: April 1, 1993

"Beautiful and informative. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
The author-illustrator of several outstanding science books (Urban Roosts, 1990) brings her sensitivity to natural history and design to the life cycle of a common North American bat. Read full book review >
BILL CLINTON by Elaine Landau
Released: April 1, 1993

"Notes; bibliography; index. (Biography. 9-12)"
A simply phrased, heavily illustrated introduction to our 42nd president, focusing on his youth and political career but also covering, albeit briefly, his adult private life. Read full book review >

RECYCLING by Martin J. Gutnik
Released: April 1, 1993

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A meager introduction to an important subject. Read full book review >
REALMS OF GOLD by Ann Pilling
Released: April 1, 1993

"An attractive volume for pleasure reading as well as classroom use. (Nonfiction. 6-11)"
An excellent introduction to mythology, with 14 graceful retellings—pourquoi tales like the opener, a West African legend explaining why the Earth Mother's children are so many different colors; stories of love and tragedy (Persephone, the willow pattern story); legendary heroes and fools (Midas, Finn MacCool, Perseus). Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"An early chapter book that's sure to keep them reading. (Fiction/Young reader. 5-10)"
For the family introduced in The Take-Along Dog (1989), almost anything occasions a story—be it embroidered reminiscence or whole-cloth invention. Read full book review >

THE SILENT STORM by Sherry Garland
Released: April 1, 1993

"Still, the story's thrust—like the approaching storm—is strong, and makes for absorbing reading. (Fiction. 9- 12)"
Though she once loved stories about the hurricanes around Galveston Island, Alyssa, 13, has been mute ever since her mother drowned and her father disappeared three years ago during a storm; convinced that she's somehow responsible, Alyssa can't remember for sure that traumatic day—but as another hurricane approaches and danger looms, she has flashbacks.... Read full book review >
BAROSAURUS by William Lindsay
Released: April 1, 1993

"Fact section; list of sauropod displays in US museums; world map of diplodocid fossil finds; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
For dinosaur-enthusiasts, 100+ color photos and drawings in an oversized look at an enormous plant-eating relative of Apatosaurus. Read full book review >
WHAT IS A BIRD? by Robert Snedden
Released: April 1, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 7- 10)"
A survey of birds' characteristics—those that make them unique and those they have in common with other animals. Read full book review >
THE LOTUS SEED by Sherry Garland
Released: April 1, 1993

"Historical note. (Picture book. 5-10)"
``My grandmother saw the emperor cry the day he lost his golden dragon throne,'' begins a young Vietnamese-American, whose lyrical narrative tells how the girl took a seed from the Imperial garden to remember the emperor by, then kept it as a talisman of hope through all the events of her life—marriage, raising her children alone after her husband went to war, crossing the sea in a flimsy boat, making a new life in America. Read full book review >
ZEEE by Elizabeth Enright
Released: April 1, 1993

"An appealing new presentation. (Fiction/Picture book. 6-10)"
First published in 1965, an entrancing story about a "bad fairy" who's really "bad about only one thing": people. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"Glossary; name index; bibliography. (Biography. 8-12)"
A collection of anecdotes about 19 musicians from Vivaldi to Woody Guthrie that's offered ``as a way of getting closer to the musicians—and the music''—but that may only distance readers from traditional music by portraying it as an incomprehensible milieu populated by odd characters. Read full book review >
LOCAL NEWS by Gary Soto
Released: April 1, 1993

"Also as usual, the narrative is sprinkled with Spanish words and idioms, defined at the back- -excellent flavoring but, for many, extra work. (Short Stories. 10-13)"
The author of Baseball in April (1990) offers 13 more domestic reversals of fortune. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >