IS THERE LIFE IN OUTER SPACE?

PLB 0-06-028145-6 paper 0-06-445192-5 Is There Life In Outer Space? (40pp.; $15.95; PLB $15.89; paper $4.95; Sept.; 0-06-028146-4; PLB 0-06-028145-6; paper 0-06-445192-5): Colorful, fanciful, outlandish artwork from Miller are the attention-getters here, for Branley’s 1984 text makes no claims on space exploration in the 90s. Branley begins his examination of the search for extraterrestrials with two examples of fabrication: the wishful sightings of Moon folk, and Orson Welles’s “War of the Worlds” hoax. Welles admitted to his big joke, and both manned and unmanned space probes have set the records straight on the moon and planetary life. The author must foster the possibility that distant galaxies, outside our ken but not our lively imagination, may support life: “Who knows?” The recent spate of books on the universe and other aspects of the vast Out There only make this one—despite Miller’s zany computer- generated scenes and full-color photographs’seem feeble. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 30, 1999

ISBN: 0-06-028146-4

Page Count: 40

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1999

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CAT AND MOUSE IN THE SNOW

In this picture book adventure of a now-familiar duo (Cat and Mouse and Something to Do, 1998, etc.), Bogacki describes how the curious cat and the curious mouse explore the green meadow turned white with snow. The two friends climb up the hill, then slide down, down, down. Meanwhile the other mice and cats wake up and go outside to find their siblings. They come upon the two friends covered in white snow and mistake them for monsters. Shrieks turn to delight, and everyone has a great time playing in the snow. When night comes they return to their respective homes to dream of snow. The soft chalk illustrations in grey, tan, and white on blue paper show flat stylized animals in a snowy world. Children will enjoy the brief repetitive text; adults will be glad to have an appealing alternative to Ezra Jack Keats’s The Snowy Day. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Oct. 18, 1999

ISBN: 0-374-31192-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1999

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SWEET DREAMS

HOW ANIMALS SLEEP

This charming picture book explores how various animals sleep. Each double page provides one line of loosely rhyming text framed in a wide pale yellow border, and a full-color photograph of a particular animal also framed in soothing yellow. Among the animals are the horse, chipmunk, bear, sloth, koala, bat, and shark. The photographs are clear and appealing, but sharp-eyed viewers will notice that a couple of the animals are not sleeping, no matter what the text says. Kajikawa concludes with additional information on the sleep habits of animals. Some information is not consistent with that reported by other science writers, e.g., on the sleeping habits of horses, but this remains an appealing book on a subject that fascinates children. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-6)

Pub Date: April 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-8050-5890-7

Page Count: 29

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 1999

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