Who made the mess in the kitchen? Nobody. That's the name of George's imaginary friend, whose happily shadowy presence animates this sweet depiction of a family shocked by George's, um, ingenuity in the kitchen while his parents sleep. Liz Rosenberg's freshly told, brightly illustrated (by Julie Downing) tale for youngsters and their parents.

Age 5 and up.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.