THE LITTLE SEVEN-COLORED HORSE by Robert D. San Souci
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Dicks's ethereal paintings- -sometimes awkward, sometimes moodily stylized—have a lovely, translucent quality that comes through in most scenes. (Picture book/folklore. 4-9)"
In source notes, San Souci (More Short & Shivery, 1994, etc.) explains that his tale has roots throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Read full book review >
NAVAJO ABC by Luci Tapahonso
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Much care graces Tapahonso's debut, but it's bound to be misunderstood. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
``A DinÇ Alphabet Book'' is the subtitle of this attractive, confusing presentation of aspects of Navajo culture. Read full book review >

THE AMAZING CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA by David Shannon
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

The guileless Mr. Merriweather puts a string of lights around his window; when he is mocked by his neighbor, whose own house is covered with lights, Mr. Merriweather adds more decorations and within days has a display that people in three counties come visit. Read full book review >
CANTO FAMILIAR by Gary Soto
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Nelson debuts with scenes—homey, comfortable, bright—that make the book even more accessible. (Poetry. 8-12)"
This humorous, tender collection of 25 poems and full-color linocuts about the daily life of Mexican-American children is a companion book to Soto's Neighborhood Odes (1992). Read full book review >
GÁLAPAGOS by Lynne Born Myers
NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Well done. (map, diagrams, glossary) (Nonfiction 10-14)"
Subtitled ``Islands of Change,'' this highly readable introduction to the Gal†pagos Islands and the unique plants and animals found there is enhanced by vivid full-color photographs. Read full book review >

DANCING ON THE BRIDGE OF AVIGNON by Ida Vos
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"As the senseless restrictions continue to rain down on the family, some sort of terrible duet emerges, of the small insults of childhood against the enormous backdrop of war. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Rosa, who is Jewish, and her family live in Holland during the Nazi occupation, trying to carry on as normally as possible while friends disappear and evermore restrictions are imposed on them. Read full book review >
LASSIE COME-HOME by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A timeless tale, handsomely turned out and made available at last, in its essentials, to younger readers. (Picture book 7-9)"
Eric Knights 1940 classic started out a short story; here Wells and Jeffers (Waiting For The Evening Star, 1993) bring it back to that length, enhanced with solemn, elegant artwork. Read full book review >
THE 13TH FLOOR by Sid Fleischman
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Whether climbing the ship's rigging in a storm or rescuing his sister from death by creating a pirate's ghost out of a codfish and a Walkman, Buddy is sturdy and unflappable, and his adventures are entertaining. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A tale of time travel, filled with Fleischman's trademark combination of humor and wild adventure. Read full book review >
DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The dim black-and-white photographs are a mixture of portraits and street scenes. (endnotes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
Cooper (From Slave to Civil War Hero, 1994, etc.) expands on the topic introduced to young readers in Jacob Lawrence's Great Migration (1993): the movement of a million rural African-Americans from the South to cities in the North between 1915 and 1930. Read full book review >
THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Curtis tries to shoehorn in more characters and subplots than the story will comfortably bear—as do many first novelists—but he creates a well-knit family and a narrator with a distinct, believable voice. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Curtis debuts with a ten-year-old's lively account of his teenaged brother's ups and downs. Read full book review >
THE LAST DANCE by Carmen Agra Deedy
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Children may have difficulty with the calligraphic typeface, making this a book more appropriate for sharing than solos. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A complex, pretty story—about dancing and death—whose text and illustrations are stitched together from different fragments; poetic snatches of narrative are woven together like a series of dreams. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >