DANDELIONS by Eve Bunting
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Greg Shed
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A memorable book, for the way its characters struggle with unhappiness, and slowly overcome it. (Picture book. 5-10)"
It would be hard to come up with a tale of western settlers that's not a cliché, but Bunting (Spying on Miss Muller, p. 553, etc.) has done it. Read full book review >
THE FOREST CHILD by Richard Edwards
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Edwards (Moles Can Dance, 1994, etc.) has created an adult aesthete's delight, perhaps, that is too self-conscious to elicit more than a superficial response from children. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The dreamy, detached story of a feral child and a hunter's apprentice who meet in the forest and become friends. Read full book review >

METAMORPHOSIS by Luise Woelflein
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Throughout, the flaps are made of sturdy, glossy paper that should hold up for many openings. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Vivid full-color photos and drawings, lift-a-flaps, and pop- ups provide visual appeal in this introduction to animals that undergo the drama of metamorphosis. Read full book review >
GIANTS! by Paul Robert Walker
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"These well-told stories will please just about everyone: The large format works for story hours, the selection hits some multicultural notes, the interesting variations and source notes aid researchers. (Folklore. 8-12)"
A collection of seven tales, from the familiar (``Jack and the Beanstalk'' from England and ``The Cyclops'' from Greece) to the obscure (``Kana the Stretching Wonder'' from Hawaii and ``The Cannibal's Wonderful Bird'' from South Africa). Read full book review >
A SCHOOL FOR POMPEY WALKER by Michael J. Rosen
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

The collaborators on Elijah's Angel (1992) have created a remarkable novella disguised as a picture book in which Pompey Walkera composite character made up of voices and facts drawn from different slave-narrativesreminisces for a group of children in the new elementary school bearing his name. Read full book review >

CEMETERY QUILT by Kent Ross
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"It's hard to imagine that this morbid variation on the themes of death and continuity will reassure other children facing loss. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A bleakly atmospheric story about a rebellious girl reluctant to go to her grandfather's funeral with her mother. Read full book review >
KING ARTHUR AND THE ROUND TABLE by Hudson Talbott
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Younger children will find it too hurried to take in, and older ones may move on, instead, to novel-size retellings. (Picture book/folklore. 8-10)"
A swift, almost frantic, second volume in the Tales of King Arthur series, covering Arthur's battles with rebellious nobles, the meeting with Guinevere as she tends wounded upon Bedegraine's battlefield, the vanquishing of King Ryence, marriage to Guinevere, and dedication of the Round Table. Read full book review >
ELFSONG by Ann Turner
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The dialogue often feels forced, and the notion of elf song visible as colored notes is starkly reminiscent of a place called Disney. (glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
The first book of a projected trilogy. Read full book review >
CELIE AND THE HARVEST FIDDLER by Vanessa Flournoy
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"They conjure an atmosphere that is as much a part of the holiday today as it was in the 1800s. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Orange, coal, and autumnal gold paintings complement this tale set on All Hallows' Eve in the rural South of 1870. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Too dull for a tourist booklet and too poorly organized for an encyclopedia article, this book is neither entertaining nor useful, and its colorful photographs of the tropics are not enough to redeem it. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Six chapters about islands that belong to the US, each with sections on geography, history, people, and places to visit. Read full book review >
ANGEL'S GATE by Gary Crew
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Riveting. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Crew (No Such Country, 1994, etc.) jumps right into the action as a doctor's son watches the police usher a captured ``wild child'' into his father's office. Read full book review >
LITTLE WONDERS by Marilyn Baillie
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The syrupy tone limits the usefulness of this title, but it does impart a sense of the nurturing that takes place in animal families, which readers will find reassuring. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
A sentimental, occasionally anthropomorphic title in the Amazing Things Animals Do series, in which 12 animals from around the world, including the Asian elephant, brown bat, red kangaroo, cuckoo, meerkat, and others, are introduced in two or three paragraphs. 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 >