THE SEASONS SEWN by Ann Whitford Paul
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1996

"McCurdy has a following, and quilting is again in vogue, but the elegant architecture of this conceit may have difficulty finding an audience; it's a nice book that somehow fails to sing. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Artfully constructed images of the early 19th century reflect daily life through the names of patchwork quilt patterns. Read full book review >
O JERUSALEM by Jane Yolen
Released: April 1, 1996

"Otherwise, this is an uplifting companion to Karla Kuskin's Jerusalem, Shining Still (1987). (Poetry. 9-13)"
In honor of Jerusalem's upcoming 3000th anniversary, Yolen (Here There Be Witches, 1995, etc.) offers a series of poetic meditations on its history, people, and symbolic meaning. Read full book review >

COUSINS IN THE CASTLE by Barbara Brooks Wallace
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Those who know what to expect will find this a lightweight but exciting page-turner, a good read for a rainy afternoon, that ultimately satisfies. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An orphan is abandoned, robbed, and kidnapped in a Victorian melodrama from Wallace (The Twin in the Tavern, 1993, etc.), a specialist in the genre. Read full book review >
SOMETHING VERY SORRY by Arno Bohlmeijer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"Perceptive and engrossing. (Fiction. 9-11)"
An authentically childlike voice animates this sad tale of a nine-year-old and her family hospitalized after a devastating auto accident. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE WESTERN SEA by Avi
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Many plot threads are left a- dangle; Avi (Poppy, 1995, etc.) promises a sequel but few readers will be chewing their nails waiting for it. (Fiction. 11-13)"
From an author who's made a career of experimenting with different narrative structures comes this first sprawling tale in The Escape From Home books; it's done as a Victorian serial novel with a huge cast, and a multiplicity of short chapters setting out an episodic plot replete with chance meetings, narrow escapes, and dismaying revelations. Read full book review >

ROMAN NUMERALS I TO MM by Arthur  Geisert
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: April 1, 1996

"XXII Big balloons,'' when no more than XII are shown), this curiosity may bemuse more than it educates, but it does give graphic expression to some huge numbers, and so may find a use beyond the alphanumeric byway it explores. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Geisert (Haystack, 1995, etc.) draws upon legions of diminutive pigs to demonstrate the meanings and construction of roman numerals; tubby porculi trot and tussle—in swarms for the larger numbers—about farmyards, a playground, parkland, and a rather scanty junkyard. Read full book review >
BRUNO THE CARPENTER by Lars Klinting
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"He's a lovable hero in a neat little book. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Readers meet an initially disorganized Bruno, a chubby beaver, as he measures, saws, drills, screws, hammers, and glues together a project in his workshop. Read full book review >
CHILD OF THE WOLVES by Elizabeth Hall
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Alaskan wild. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A runaway husky pup, Granite, falls in with a wolf pack and struggles to win its acceptance in this Call of the Wild for a younger audience. Read full book review >
LEIF'S SAGA by Jonathan Hunt
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1996

"A striking, confident introduction to Leif's story. (bibliography) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A Norse shipbuilder tells his daughter the story of Leif Eiriksson's famous voyage, in this straightforward account based on the Icelandic sagas and current research. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1996

"Bland art instructions read like filler in an otherwise eloquent volume. (Biography. 8-12)"
The painting American Gothic has become so ubiquitous that children may associate it with cartoons or cereal boxes without realizing its artistic origins. Read full book review >
THE SIX SERVANTS by Wilhelm Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1996

"As with a good ghost story, the horror here is the enticement. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
Although popular culture's take on fairy tales tends to emphasize the bright side of life, Goloshapov's illustrations for this old story retain its darker aspects and fairly bristle with menace. Read full book review >
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE by Marilyn Levy
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Such a huge dose of fantasy—even though the story is based on true events—makes it all the harder to swallow the author's messages, however well-intentioned. (Fiction. 11-14)"
An Oakland teenager builds some self-respect by joining her housing project's new track team in this earnest, if lurid and unpolished, novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >