Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A felicitous, informative story from a highly knowledgeabe author."
A study of four unconventional crusaders against America's obligatory godliness. Read full book review >
LITTLE NIGHT CAT by Sonja Danowski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A gentle story that children will return to time and time again. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy's generosity toward animals in need reaps great rewards. Read full book review >

THE BEAR WHO COULDN'T SLEEP by Caroline Nastro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Cuddle up with this Bear and his pillow for a just-right bedtime story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Bear's mother and brothers are comfortably hibernating for the winter, while he tosses and turns. Read full book review >
THE GREAT LEOPARD RESCUE by Sandra Markle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Excellent writing and documentation distinguish Markle's latest. (author's note, additional facts, timeline, glossary, quotation sources, annotated list of web and print resources, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Markle introduces the critically endangered Amur leopard, detailing current strategies to augment its numbers using temporarily relocated, zooborn cats. Read full book review >
THE THIEF'S APPRENTICE by Bryan Methods
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"The fight choreography needs work but otherwise, a promising debut and series opener. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
An English schoolboy hones both wits and breaking-and-entering skills after the family butler enlists him for a series of dangerous secret missions. Read full book review >

THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN by Thomas Baas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"As enticing as a piper's song and twice as alluring to the eye. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Dionysian excess meets its match when rats and pipers come to play. Read full book review >
MADELINE FINN AND THE LIBRARY DOG by Lisa  Papp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A good bet for dog lovers and for readers too young for the excellent, lengthier Thank You, Mr. Falker. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A library dog helps a struggling reader. Read full book review >
PUG by Ethan Long
Kirkus Star
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"New readers will be happy to yap along with this pup. How about a sequel? (Picture book/early reader. 3-7)"
"Yap yap yap" has never been so expressive or so insistent. Read full book review >
PETE LIKES BUNNY by Emily Arnold McCully
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"This solid beginning reader in picture-book format offers a sympathetic take on a seldom-discussed situation. (Picture book/early reader. 5-8)"
McCully's newest addition to the I Like to Read series is a fresh take on a common school experience: a first crush. Read full book review >
UP by Joe Cepeda
by Joe Cepeda, illustrated by Joe Cepeda
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An accessible and imaginative title for emergent readers just learning to decode and understand the written word. (Early reader. 3-7)"
One gusty fall morning, a surprise blows through an open window into the bedroom of two sleeping children, both with dark hair and light-brown skin. It's a pinwheel! Read full book review >
CAT ON THE BUS by Aram Kim
by Aram Kim, illustrated by Aram Kim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"This sweet, nearly wordless tale is likely to find an appreciative audience among cat lovers and children just beginning to sound words out on their own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A stray cat finds a new home after hopping onto a passing bus. Read full book review >
LOOK UP! by Jung Jin-Ho
Kirkus Star
by Jung Jin-Ho, illustrated by Jung Jin-Ho
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Conceptually sophisticated; especially inviting for young artists ready to explore new visual angles. (Picture book. 5-8)"
What can sidewalk activity mean to someone high above on a balcony? 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 >