BARLETT AND THE ICE VOYAGE

Odo Hirsch, Author, Andrew McLean, Illustrator . Bloomsbury $6.95 (168p) ISBN 978-1-58234-918-3

A queen had tasted every fruit that grew in her empire except the melidrop that must be eaten the day it is picked, and the explorer Bartlett is the man to get it for her. "Be careful of what you wish for and what is required to get it—is only one of the lessons covered in this charming fantasy about the perils of desire," according to PW . Ages 8-12. (Oct.)