AUTHOR by Helen Lester
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1997

"Easy to read and reassuringly realistic. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A breezy look at the trials and triumphs of authorship from Lester (Princess Penelope's Parrot, 1996). Read full book review >
MY SISTER THE SAUSAGE ROLL by Barbara Ware Holmes
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"The plot is transparent, and the story is clipped and rushed, but Holmes shoehorns in plenty of humor, believable characterizations, and a satisfying conclusion. (full-color illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
An offering in the Chapters series from Holmes (Letters to Julia, p. 381) takes another look at the well-worn subject of baby siblings. Read full book review >

STORM ON THE DESERT by Carolyn Lesser
NATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"The fluid watercolors are particularly evocative in displays of wind and driving rain. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-12)"
Lesser (Dig Hole, Soft Mole, 1996, etc.) uses poetic prose and vivid language to give splendor and life to a natural event. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1997

Livingston (B Is for Baby, 1996, etc.) presents poems using the traditional Japanese forms of haiku and tanka in a seasonal array, accompanied by de Kiefte's equally spare pen-and-ink drawings. ``Not wishing to stop/his chirping the whole night long,/Cricket never does'' is the piece that gives the collection a title. Read full book review >
METAMORPHOSIS by Andrés Llamas Ruiz
NATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Nevertheless, the dramatic transformations from larvae to insect or tadpole to frog will be of interest to budding biologists. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
First published in Spain, this entry from Llamas Ruiz (Seasons, p. 464) in the Cycles of Life series explores the concept and process of metamorphosis primarily through a focus on the growth and development of frogs, butterflies, and dragonflies. Read full book review >

ALI, CHILD OF THE DESERT by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Lewin's watercolors capture the iridescent shifts of rainbow hues across the desert sand and sky, as day fades into night. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Ali and his father are traveling by camel through the Sahara Desert to market, when a sandstorm whips up out of nowhere, separating them. Read full book review >
LONE WOLF by Kristine L. Franklin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1997

"Readers won't soon forget Perry and his father as they rejoin the human race. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A tender tale of loss and the redeeming power of love from Franklin (Eclipse, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
WATERMAN'S CHILD by Barbara Mitchell
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"The first painting, of a house window framed by simple white shutters, perfectly sets the mood, for readers see not only who is within (a waterman holding his child), but also the view of buildings, bay, and boats reflected in the glass. (Picture book. 6-11)"
A fictional—though closely researched—account of four generations on Tilghman Island in the Chesapeake Bay, tracing their joys and hardships from the turn of the century through the Depression and WW II, and into the 1960s, when increasing pollution in the bay and mysterious diseases in the oyster beds decimated the catch. Read full book review >
BACK TO THE WILD by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Full-color photographs of animals in and out of captivity enhance the whole. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Patent (Biodiversity, 1996, etc.) describes some of the current conservation programs that preserve endangered animals by capturing wild specimens, breeding them in captivity, and reintroducing offspring to the wild. Read full book review >
AWAKE AND DREAMING by Kit Pearson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1997

"Pearson (The Lights Go On Again, 1994, etc.) has some lovely notions about the relationship between dreams and reality, the value of friends and family (however flawed its members), and the acts of reading and writing as talismans of hope. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Theo, nine, has not had a gentle life. Read full book review >
THE LA-DI-DA HARE by J. Patrick Lewis
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Bluthenthal's animated illustrations are an excellent complement, in beachcombing colors of sand and surf, convincing in the depiction of a place awash in fresh, salt breezes. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Clever wordplay and a marvelous island bestiary distinguish this rhymed wonder quest from Lewis (Black Swan/White Crow, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
THE ANGEL'S MISTAKE by Francine Prose
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Families will find this is a savory treat for sharing. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The team behind Dybbuk (1996) have collaborated on a winsome story set in the legendary town of Chelm, charting its origins to the angel carrying a bag of ``stupid souls'' and mistakenly spilling them all in one town. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >