Time & Seasons Book Reviews

NO TWO ALIKE by Keith Baker
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A worthwhile message that just doesn't quite fly. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A sadly lackluster paean to the premise that "no two snowflakes are alike, / almost, almost… / but not quite." Read full book review >
MAKING A FRIEND by Alison McGhee
FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"This retro salute to friendship simply tries to be too much to be successful—it does not hold a candle to McGhee's prior works such as Someday or Little Boy, both illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (2007, 2008) (Picture book. 4-6)"
The early-children's-book feel of Rosenthal's pencil-and-digital illustrations is what will first strike readers of McGhee's rather morose celebration of the forever nature of friendship. Read full book review >

WHEN WILL IT SNOW? by Kathryn White
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A reassuring way to address that age-old heartbreak of feeling left out and having to miss fun times with friends. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This lament will strike an emotional chord with anyone who bemoans missing even a minute of fun. Read full book review >
LITTLE BEA AND THE SNOWY DAY by Daniel Roode
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The very young may enjoy this once, but it is no comparison to the likes of The Snowy Day. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In their second outing, Little Bea and her friends pack as much fun into a winter's day as they can possibly manage (Little Bea, 2011). Read full book review >
QUIET BUNNY & NOISY PUPPY by Lisa McCue
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"For those toddlers who crave more of a story than traditional opposites books offer, this just may fit the bill. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Quiet Bunny's third outing (Quiet Bunny's Many Colors, 2011, etc.) explores opposites as he makes a new friend who is his different from him in every way. Read full book review >

SNOW PUPPY by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"This nicely captures a puppy's (or a child's) distractibility, and the Christmas tie-in adds the moral that Pfister's books never lack. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Pfister gets into the head and heart of a puppy experiencing the wonders of his first snow, as well as the heartache of his first time being lost. Read full book review >
ICEFALL by Matthew Kirby
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Recommend this one to teens who crave a good mystery set in an icily different time and place. (Alternative historical mystery. 11-18)"
The king's three children and a small group of warrior-protectors take refuge in a winter-bound steading on a northern fjord and discover there's a traitor in their midst. Read full book review >
SEVEN LITTLE MICE HAVE FUN ON THE ICE by Haruo Yamashita
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Get the augur and poles ready—this is likely to have children clamoring to try their own hands at ice fishing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Yamashita's septuplet mice are back, this time solving the problem of how to get their slip-cautious Mother to go ice fishing with them. Read full book review >
FROST by Wendy Delsol
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Well-paced narration will keep readers interested—a superior paranormal adventure. (Paranormal adventure. 12 & up)"
This second installment in the planned Stork trilogy sends Kat and Jack into the hidden realms of Norse mythology and novel that also retells Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen." Read full book review >
MR. PUTTER & TABBY RING THE BELL by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 12, 2011

"These four neighbors are great company, and their portrayal of aging is sweetly refreshing. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Show-and-Tell will never be the same after Mr. Putter and Tabby and Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke are through. Read full book review >
STARRY NIGHT, HOLD ME TIGHT by Jean Sagendorph
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"This doesn't even come close to the many great bedtime/lullaby books out there with a similar 'Mommy loves you' theme. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This debut is a treacly tribute to a mother polar bear's love for her child. Read full book review >
S IS FOR SNOWMAN by Kathy-jo Wargin
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A nice addition to seasonal bookshelves that will find extra use in church-school programs. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wargin's latest completes her four-season abecedarian series and relates the wonders of winter to God's goodness. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >