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 >
PIONEERING FROZEN WORLDS by Sandra Markle
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Regardless, an appealing introduction to work in the world's remote regions. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
What's it like to be a scientist investigating the North or South Pole? Read full book review >
SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN'S GUIDE TO BIRDS by Jinny Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"The full-color illustrations and photos, in a variety of styles, lack the cohesion and detail Richard Orr brought to Barbara Taylor's superior The Bird Atlas (1993); this production is handsome but superficial. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A glossy introduction to birds that loosely groups the 20 orders of living birds into seven chapters: ``Ground and Game Birds,'' ``Seabirds,'' ``Waterbirds and Cranes,'' ``Wading Birds,'' ``Owls and Birds of Prey,'' ``Birds of the Trees and Masters of the Air,'' and ``Songbirds.'' Within each chapter Johnson provides an introductory page on how the birds live, boxes illustrating typical beaks and feet, and a chart of the main families. Read full book review >
FLOWERS ON THE WALL by Miriam Nerlove
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

Rachel, the Jewish heroine of this story, is trapped indoors, first by illness, then by the lack of shoes, and finally, by the invasion of Poland by the Germans in 1939. Read full book review >
COLD SHOULDER ROAD by Joan Aiken
Released: April 1, 1996

"What could be more satisfying? (Fiction. 11-15)"
Tempt Bellairs fans with this, or with any of the other adventures descended from The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, this is a fine introduction to the effects of war on ordinary people, often overlooked in books that focus on battles and strategies. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Eight true stories of children during WW II, covering a wide range of experiences, from aiding the French resistance to Japanese internment in Manzanar to life in the concentration camps. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >