THE FIRST AIR VOYAGE IN THE UNITED STATES by Alexandra Wallner
NONFICTION
Released: March 15, 1996

"In few pages and relatively few words, Wallner (Beatrix Potter, 1995, etc.) conveys plenty of information about Blanchard and his preferred means of transport. (notes, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A charming book biography, subtitled ``The Story of Jean- Pierre Blanchard,'' about an early aeronaut and his 1793 balloon trip across New Jersey, as he might have narrated it. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF GODDESSES by Kris Waldherr
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 15, 1996

"Further, in a book that seeks to be inclusive, many races and cultures are portrayed, but more than a third of the paintings depict blond goddesses. (pronunciation guide, bibliography) (Folklore. 10-14)"
An abecedary of 26 goddesses from cultures around the world. Read full book review >

FESTIVALS by Myra Cohn Livingston
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: March 15, 1996

Festivals ($16.95; March 15, 1996; 32 pp.; 0-8234-1217-2): In a companion to this pair's Celebrations (1985), colorful streamers beckon readers toward 14 poems commemorating holidays, from the Creek Indian New Year and the Vietnamese festival of clean slates, to the bonfires of the Iranian Now-Ruz. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"The high cost of the strike—never idealized, and bringing only partial gains—is amply demonstrated in this compelling history. (b&w photos, not seen, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
An exciting, fluidly written, levelheaded account of the shirtwaist strike against garment manufacturers in late 1909. Read full book review >
CHUCK AND DANIELLE by Peter Dickinson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Hats off to a winning canine antihero. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 9-11)"
The author of Shadow of a Hero (1994) and other profound, stimulating longer novels demonstrates his versatility with this brief, light-as-air tale of a highstrung whippet, nicknamed Chuck, and her fond young keeper, Danielle. Read full book review >

ALICE IN LACE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Released: March 1, 1996

"Pleasure and purpose are seamlessly combined in this comic, expertly crafted episode. (Fiction. 10-13)"
An eighth-grade health class assignment gets Alice McKinley and friends thinking about choices and consequences in this eighth installment of one of the best series running. Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN NEXT DOOR by Jean Ure
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Readers may find themselves without patience for such meandering; the jacket art gives away the ghostly element even as it clashes with character descriptions from the text. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Laura is so timid that when she hears a girl, Em, and her little brother, Tommy, playing next door she listens and watches them furtively without introducing herself. Read full book review >
JAZZ, PIZZAZZ, AND THE SILVER THREADS by Mary Quattlebaum
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"This unfairness is neither noted directly by the author nor resolved, marring an otherwise lighthearted work. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 6-10)"
Calvin, a fairly ordinary boy, spends his afternoons among a cast of determined eccentrics. Ms. Eva, a jazz dancer, takes care of him after school, along with his brother, Monk, a precocious budding 7-year-old poet who acts like a little old man and carries bookishness to an extreme, and neighbor Jenny, who is practicing to become a magician. Read full book review >
CYBERSURFER by Nyla Ahmad
Released: March 1, 1996

"The lively, appealing format compensates for too few screen shots, and that annotated directory of Web sites is particularly useful. (disk, not seen, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
Subtitled ``The Owl Internet Guide for Kids,'' this heavily illustrated book surveys the major parts of the Net, including e-mail and the World Wide Web, offering tidbits of history, anecdotes, vocabulary, safety tips, and more. Read full book review >
SPUD SWEETGRASS by Brian Doyle
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Replete with laughs, tears, and twists, plus a young hero to admire and a cardboard villain to hate, this will slide down effortlessly, like all proper snacks. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An Ottawa teenager nabs a polluter and sees a hostile teacher served justly embarrassing desserts in this offbeat farce. Read full book review >
SAY HOLA TO SPANISH by Susan Middleton Elya
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

Sunny illustrations and a rhyming text introduce 70 Spanish words in surprisingly straightforward English sentences: ``A dog is a perro,/a cat is a gato./You drink from a vaso/and eat from a plato.'' In addition to providing translations for those who need more help than is supplied in the decidedly Western-flair illustrations, the glossary also insures that the newly bilingual get the pronunciation right. Read full book review >
EAGLES by Casey Horton
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Neither the discussion nor photos offer detail to clarify how species differ or why certain eagles were selected for inclusion; Horton leaves out scientific names and comprehensive size information, and the photos do not indicate scale. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
A colorful but superficial entry in the new Endangered! series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >