A first starred review is out for Audrey Vernick's Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? (illustrated by Daniel Jennewein, published by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins) from Publishers Weekly--and boy, did this reviewer get this book!:
“'Some people say kindergarten is no place for a buffalo. How crazy is that?' So begins this humorous story about standing out in order to fit in. A buffalo doesn’t look, eat, or act like anyone else, but it’s his differences that make him so lovable ('who can resist that furry face?'). This story’s simple lesson about individuality is cleverly expressed through Vernick’s gentle wit and Jennewein’s crayon-outlined kindergartners--most of all, the furry and ungainly reader surrogate with whom kids will readily relate, even if 'he may the only one who eats grass, then throws it up in his mouth and eats it again. Remember: Everyone’s special in his or her own way.'"