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Sneak Previews: Fall 1998 Children's Books, Part IV
Compiled by Shannon Maughan -- 2/16/98

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Crestwood pencils in four new titles in the Business Whizzes series: Bill Gates: Software Billionaire by Michael Forman; Oprah Winfrey: Queen of Daytime TV by Ann Weil; John Harold Johnson: The Man Who Wouldn't Take No for an Answer and Steven Spielberg: Master of Movie Magic, both by Bertram Knight.

Aladdin kicks off the season with When Human Heads Were Footballs by Don Wulffson, a history of popular sports; The Secret of the Spit and four more titles in a new forensic science mystery series by Sal Murdocca; Silly Celebrations! Activities for the Strangest Holidays You've Never Heard Of by Denice Skrepcinski, Melissa Stock and Lois Lyles, which includes such lesser-known holidays as Kazoo Day; A Witch in the Mirror, the debut title in the Spell Casters series by Holly Warriner; and Moving as One, which launches the Love Lessons series about dancers by Elizabeth Marraffino.

Atheneum tricks and treats with Albert's Halloween: The Case of the Missing Pumpkin, a picture book by Leslie Tryon; An Amish Wedding by Richard Ammon, illus. by Pamela Patrick, about a special event in this culture; Carol of the Brown King: Nativity P ms by Langston Hughes, illus. by Ashley Bryan, which celebrates the joy of Christmas; Sang Spell by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, a fantasy/mystery novel; and On Hanukkah by Cathy Goldberg Fishman, illus. by Melanie Hall, a look at the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Anne Schwartz arrives on cat's feet with My Nine Lives by Clio by Marjorie Priceman, in which a cat's diary reveals its nine lives at critical points in history; Let My People Go by Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack, illus. by James Ransome, which collects 12 stories from the Old Testament; Doodle Dandies: P ms That Take Shape by J. Patrick Lewis, illus. by Lisa Desimini; On Ramon's Farm: Five Stories of Mexico by Campbell Geeslin, illus. by Petra Mathers; and Psst! It's Me!... the Bogeyman by Barbara Park, illus. by Stephen Kroniger, a picture book about the creepy creature.

Little Simon climbs into fall with Jack and the Beanstalk by Chuck Murphy, a pop-up; Dinosaur's Binky by Sandra Boynton, a lift-the-flap board book; Stinky Bugs, a scratch-and-sniff title by David Carter; Bed Bugs, a buggy bedtime tale, also by Carter; and Circus! A Pop-Up Adventure by Lisa Werenko, illus. by Meg Davenport.

Margaret K. McElderry rushes into the season with Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear by N.M. Bodecker, illus. by Erik Blegvad, a humorous picture book; Johnny on the Spot by Edward Sorel, a tall tale from the New Yorker artist; The King of Dragons by Carol Fenner, about a homeless boy and his father; The Boxer and the Princess by Helme Heine, in which a rhinoceros tries to toughen up; and The Magic Pocket: Selected P ms by Michio Mado, trans. by Empress Michiko of Japan, illus. by Mitsumasa Anno.

Simon Spotlight stirs the cauldron with four Sabrina: The Teenage Witch tie-ins; the launch of the Blue's Clues series, based on the Nickelodeon show; six Rocky &Bullwinkle books, starring the moose and squirrel; two new titles in the Weather Channel series; and several books based on Rugrats: The Movie.

Stemmer House reaches for the bug repellent with Will You Sting Me? Will You Bite?: The Truth About Some Scary-Looking Insects by Sara Swan Miller, illus. by Richard Chrustowski, a book about bug behavior.

Stoddart Kids screams for The Ice Cream King, a picture book by Greg McEvoy; Bedtime Ba-a-alk by Rukhsana Khan, illus. by Kristi Frost, about counting sheep; The Popcorn Tree by Carolyn Mamchur, illus. by Laurie McGaw, a picture book with a Christmas theme; Kitoto the Mighty by Tololwa M. Mollel, illus. by Kristi Frost, in which a mouse sets off to win the friendship of the most powerful ally he can find; and Diamonds in the Rough by Eric Walters, a YA novel about a family coping after the death of their mother.

Tricycle keeps pace with Amelia Takes Command by Marissa Moss, about confronting a bully; The Stone Soup Book of Friendship Stories, compiled by the editors of Stone Soup; Arlene Alda's 1 2 3 What Do You See? by Arlene Alda, a creative counting book; Hey Little Ant by P&H Hoose, illus. by Debbie Tilley, in which a boy debates whether "to squish or not to squish"; and G Is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book by David Schwartz, illus. by Marissa Moss.

Tilbury House licks its chops with Everybody's Somebody's Lunch by Cherie Mason, illus. by Gustav Moore, a look at animal predators.

Tor lass s the season with Rodeo and Perfect Horse by Louise Ladd, joining the Double Diamond Dude Ranch series; the Crawlers series of short-story collections about bugs launches with four titles; From One Experience to Another, edited by M. Jerry Weiss and Helen Weiss, is an anthology of short stories; The Eclipse of Moonbeam Dawson by Jean Davies Okimoto describes growing up in a commune; and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is a Tor Classic.

Troll stacks the deck with Ten Awesome Card Tricks by John Railing, illus. by Doris Ettlinger; King Max, a Planet Reader Chapter Book by Dick King-Smith, illus. by Brian Floca; and Would You Rather? by Conn McQuinn, illus. by Peter Georgeson, a book of questions.

Whistlestop keeps the beat with The Little Drummer Boy, illus. by Yoshi Myake; and Grumpy Bunny's Field Trip by Justine Korman, illus. by Lucinda McQueen.

Tundra says "yo ho ho" with Sinbad the Sailor by Ludmila Zeman, a retelling of the swashbuckling adventure; Fire into Ice by James Houston, a photo-essay about glass carvings; Gogol's Coat by Cary Fagan, illus. by Regolo Ricci, in which a poor scrivener dreams of a warm coat; The Olden Days Coat by Margaret Laurence, newly illus. by Muriel Woods, a time-travel story; and The Only Outcast by Julie Johnston, a novel based on diary entries from 1905.

Viking has open arms for Squids Will Be Squids, a new book of fables by Jon Scieszka, illus. by Lane Smith; City by Numbers by Stephen T. Johnson, a follow-up to Alphabet City; Pipp G s to School: A Pippi Longstocking Storybook by Astrid Lindgren, illus. by Michael Chesworth, the first in a series about the red-braided heroine; Jesus: His Life in Masterpieces of Art by Mary Pope Osborne, the story of Christ accompanied by Renaissance paintings; and Dorothea Lange: Photographing People, a biography of the photographer by Elizabeth Partridge.

Warne hippity-hops into fall with Peter Rabbit's Little Guide to Life, illus. by Beatrix Potter, a collection of life lessons; Beatrix Potter, a biography of the author-illustrator by Elizabeth Buchanan; The Peter Rabbit Mini Library by Beatrix Potter, which gathers Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Mrs. Tiggly-Winkle and Jemima Puddle-Duck into a full-color slipcase; and What Time Is It, Peter Rabbit?, illus. by Beatrix Potter, a die-cut board book.

Wiley rustles up Wild West Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities and Recipes by David King, new to the American Kids in History series; Janice VanCleave's Play and Find Out About the Human Body: Easy Experiments for Young Children by Janice VanCleave; Is There a Dinosaur Buried in Your Backyard?: The World's Most Fascinating Fossils, Rocks, and Minerals by Spencer Christian and Antonia Felix, a new title in the World of Wonders series; and African American Military Her s by Jim Haskins, a collection of profiles.

Walker g s to the head of the class with Miss Malarkey Won't Be In Today by Judy Finchler, illus. by Kevin O'Malley, in which a substitute teacher fills in for Miss Malarkey; A Caldecott Celebration by Leonard Marcus, profiles of 60 years of Medal winners by the children's book historian; A Friend Like Ed by Karen Wagner, illus. by Janet Pedersen, a picture book about the value of friendship; The Christmas Dolls by Candice Ransom, illus. by Moira Fain, in which a girl and her mother face their first Christmas together after the parents' separation; and Ethan Between Us by Anna Myers, a novel about first love set in Oklahoma.

World Book leads the way with two additions to the Follow Me series, You and I and Our World; and Plains Indians, Egypt and Romans join the My World series.

Zero to Ten makes a splash with Whale Journey, a picture book about whale migration by Vivian French, illus. by Lisa Slather; and Shota and the Star Quilt by Margaret Bateson-Hill, illus. by Christine Fowler, a Lakota tale.

Zondervan blows out the candles for My Birthday, Jesus' Birthday by Holly David, a picture book; Mary's First Christmas by Walter Wangerin Jr., illus. by Tim Ladwig, a picture book about the birth of Jesus as seen through Mary's eyes; and I Want to Know About the Church and I Want to Know About the Holy Spirit, which join the I Want to Know series by Rick Osborne.
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