PUDMUDDLES by Carol Beach York
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1993

Nice Mr. Pudmuddle likes things backwards—dinner in the morning, putting on his clothes before he bathes, mixing up words like ``soodle noup'' or his own name. Read full book review >
PUNCH WITH JUDY by Avi
by Avi, illustrated by Emily Lisker
ADVENTURE
Released: April 30, 1993

"Lisker's incisively sketched figures lighten the format. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a dark tale like the verso of one of Sid Fleischman's comic adventures of traveling performers, Avi explores the idea that great clowns derive power from a profound sense of the tragic. Read full book review >

THE GRAVEYARD GANG by James Duffy
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1993

"The dialogue is stiff and drawn out with stultifying repetitions, and the mystery is bland and predictable; the only real shocker here is its clumsy presentation. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Duffy, creator of such sturdy stories as Cleaver of the Good Luck Diner and more contemplative novels by ``Pieter Van Raven'' (The Great Man's Secret), rides roughshod over expectations. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 30, 1993

"Biographical note; titles, dates, sizes, but (unfortunately) not the locations of the art. (Biography. 5- 10)"
``Published with the cooperation of the Henry Moore Foundation,'' a handsome book illustrated with some of Moore's preparatory sketches and photos of his own work plus many other excellent b&w photos: a brief, intelligent, and inviting introduction to a sculptor who has been called ``the most famous sculptor of the twentieth century.'' ``Most famous'' isn't equivalent to best, and Picasso, too, was a sculptor; still, Moore's reputation is as monumental as his splendid works of art. Read full book review >
THE RAINMAKERS by E.J. Bird
ANIMALS
Released: April 27, 1993

"Slight but appealing, a fantasy with an unusual—and particularly well-realized—setting and small illustrations resembling southwestern petroglyphs. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The author of The Blizzard of 1896 (1990) and other tall tales of the Old West goes back to an even older West for the story of an Anasazi boy with an unusual friend—an affectionate bear cub that dances when it hears music, bringing good cheer and, without fail, rain as well. Read full book review >

PEPPE THE LAMPLIGHTER by Elisa Bartone
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 26, 1993

"A beautiful, moving book. (Picture book. 5-10)"
At a time when streetlamps are lit by hand, Peppe lives in New York's Little Italy. Read full book review >
FOR EVERY CHILD, A BETTER WORLD by Louise Gikow
NONFICTION
Released: April 24, 1993

"A serious book, with appeal for a wide audience, that can do only good. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Nine statements outlining children's basic needs and how they often go unmet—e.g., ``Every child needs food to eat. Read full book review >
RABBIT-CADABRA! by James Howe
ANIMALS
Released: April 23, 1993

"Predictable, but fans will love it. (Picture book. 5-9)"
When Harold and pals Chester and Howie see the poster for ``The Amazing Karlovsky,'' who's to perform at the local school, they're alarmed: That's Bunnicula he's pulling out of a hat—will the world be overrun with vampire rabbits? Read full book review >
DINOSAURS
Released: April 22, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Sculptor Stephen Czerkas specializes in making life-sized models of dinosaurs. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: April 22, 1993

"Not enough information for in-depth reports, but- -like Earthwise at Play (wildlife) and Earthwise at Home (household ecology)—good for stimulating interest while pointing readers to more specific sources. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
One of three pictorial introductions to environmental problems that present useful project ideas and inspire stories of ``kids in action,'' along with conveying the usual horrors of pollution and destruction. Read full book review >
MIEKO AND THE FIFTH TREASURE by Eleanor Coerr
ADVENTURE
Released: April 21, 1993

"Calligraphy by Cecil Yuehara not seen. (Fiction. 8- 11)"
The Japanese calligrapher's ``four treasures'' are brush, paper, inkstick, and inkstone; the ``fifth'' is a beauty of heart informing the brushstrokes and bringing word-pictures to life. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO LIVED WITH THE SEALS by Rafe Martin
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 21, 1993

"A handsome setting for a satisfyingly dramatic tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
In the heroic style of Martin and Shannon's The Rough-Face Girl (1992), a fairly elaborate expansion of ``a very short story told by the Chinook people of the Northwest Coast.'' A little boy playing by the water disappears; his grieving parents don't see him again until, years later, after a woman from another tribe espies him among the seals. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >