THE LITTLE RED HEN by Jonathan Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"If self-righteous versions of this story find you hoping the hen chokes on her bread, Allen's will have you hoping it's delectable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
One feckless, lazy citizen of the farmyard after another is revealed in this well-crafted, amusing novelty. Read full book review >
GORDON IN CHARGE by Jill Newton
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Special less for the themes of bullying and posturing than for the super-expressive, always-in-motion illustrations. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Newton illustrates her two Gordons, goat and goose, with passionate feeling and motion as they vie for authority over the barnyard. Read full book review >

BUSY FINGERS by C.W. Bowie
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2003

"It's fertile ground, though, for preschoolers and families to think up their own finger fun. (Picture book. 1-4)"
In this sequel to Busy Toes (1998), Bowie (a pseudonym for a trio of women) extols the handiness of opposable thumbs and fingers. Read full book review >
MOUSE’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2003

"This is an enjoyable jaunt—Erdogan's rich, saturated palette is as inviting as ever and Thompson's distillation of the first-day-of-school experience will ease the nerves of antsy young ones. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Mouse gets an education in this spirited offering from Thompson and Erdogan, the fourth in the series of firsts that started out with Mouse's First Christmas (1999). Read full book review >
BAYA, BAYA, LULLA-BY-A by Megan McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2003

"Lovely. (afterword, glossary) (Picture book. 1-4)"
An Indian mother lulls her choti ladki (little girl) to sleep, singing of baya-birds weaving and decorating their pendulous nest in an old thorn tree as she weaves a blanket, and rocks the child in a suspended chadr (scarf). Read full book review >

BABY BUSINESS by Mittie Cuetara
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Parents of under-threes will laugh with recognition as they share this wry, affectionate, pitch-perfect tally from the author of Terrible Teresa, and Other Very Short Stories (1997). (Picture book. 2-4)"
With tongue firmly in cheek, Cuetara catalogues a toddler's world into 24 activities, from "Waking" to "Bedtime," "Crawling" to "Swinging," expressing "Brotherly Love" to "Snacking": "Gum and string and bits of wax— / Gaby sees them all as snacks. / Mom and Dad have heart attacks. / Hungry little baby." Read full book review >
MONSTER TODDLER by John Wallace
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Sure to entertain other Monster Toddlers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A kind and gentle little boy turns into a destructive toddler when he dons his monster suit. Read full book review >
I KISSED THE BABY! by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"A knock-out in design and concept. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The excitement of a new arrival is proclaimed loudly and by all: "I saw the baby! Read full book review >
RUB-A-DUB SUB by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"An amusing and equally enlightening companion to Ashman's previous Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs (2001). (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little boy's imaginary underwater submarine adventure in short, descriptive verse. Read full book review >
HOPTOAD by Jane Yolen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"The youngest listeners will need the pun at the heart of the story explained to them, but everyone will root for this warty, new hero. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A turtle, toad, and a lizard take off across a wide desert road. Read full book review >
RACCOON TUNE by Nancy Shaw
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"This is perfect from start to finish and impossible to read only once. (Picture book. 2-7)"
"Out we creep / While people sleep. / Soon we hope to find a heap / Of cheese and bread crumbs, / Piled deep / On codfish bones and beets." Read full book review >
THE DRAGON MACHINE by Helen Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"This mild, gentle story is lightweight but peaks with the construction of the wonderfully offbeat dragon machine in the middle. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A pleasant fantasy with more dreamlike quirkiness than substance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >