A LOVELY DAY FOR AMELIA GOOSE by Yu Rong
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"A sunny tale to share with members of the diapered set who aren't yet up to the emotional Sturm und Drang of Jane Simmons's Daisy or Lucy Cousins's Maisy. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Amelia Goose rises from her cozy bed, strolls outside to greet the bees and birds (they answer back, cheerily), plays in the pond with Frog until bedtime, and then retires. Read full book review >
CAT SKIDOO by Bethany Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"This will be best for sharing one-on-one or with small groups since many of the smiles and laughs are in the details. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Two chubby, frisky kittens race around the house and yard playing cat skidoo, which seems to entail chasing everything that moves while wreaking havoc. Read full book review >

BEACH DAY! by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"A great follow-up to the team's Snow Day (2000). (Picture book. 2-5)"
What at first blush appears to be an early-early reader with all the questionable charm of Dick, Jane, Sally, and Spot turns out to be a modest, yodeling read along (or at least reading the oversized words). Read full book review >
THE BABYSITTER SINGS by Phillis Gershator
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2004

"Young children and their parents, too, will enjoy this reassuring rhythmical tale. (Picture book, 1-5)"
Cheerful tropical pinks, yellows, greens, and blues enliven this charming Caribbean nursery tale. Read full book review >
ZIGBY DIVES IN by Brian Paterson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"This is an appealing addition, sure to please the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In the third installment of the Zigby series, the titular zebra enjoys another unexpected adventure, this time underwater. Read full book review >

GOOD NIGHT PILLOW FIGHT by Sally Cook
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2004

"The end shows finally darkened windows but, delightfully, a child has the last (whispered) words. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A boisterous romp through bedtime ensues as children resist going to sleep. Read full book review >
THE VERY BEST DADDY OF ALL by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"A beautiful celebration of fathers of all species, complete with a separate greeting card to share. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Just in time for Father's Day, Newbery Honor author Bauer offers a companion to My Mother Is Mine (2001). Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"The simple, thoughtfully told story includes repetitive phrases and a predictable structure with an emotionally satisfying ending as Mr. Seahorse sends his babies out into the watery world. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The striking single seahorse gracing the cover of this tribute to aquatic fatherhood could never be mistaken as anything other than one of Carle's consummately creative collage creatures. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Likely to be especially useful in studies of family and rural life, as well as in comparisons of the ways in which students' families resemble and differ from Tito's large, expressive Latino family. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Brammer's nostalgic tale, a grown-up's remembrance of a boyhood trip to his grandparents' ranch, zeroes in on the excitement of encountering an unknown place for the first time and of enjoying a family reunion full of cousins, aunts, and uncles. Read full book review >
THE PIGEON FINDS A HOT DOG! by Mo Willems
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Some readers may feel this tale could also use a bit more mustard, but children who already love the pigeon will be satisfied. (Picture book. 2-8)"
The determined pigeon of the Caldecott Honor-winning Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2003) returns in a more subdued performance that will nevertheless appeal to fans of the first. Read full book review >
ROCKHEADS by Harriet Ziefert
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2004

"Beware: may cause rock-crafting urges in older siblings. (illustrator note) (Picture book. 2-4)"
Rocks with smaller-rock noses and painted-on eyes and mouths are nicely photographed and placed atop simply drawn bodies in this read-aloud for the nursery set. Read full book review >
SNUG AS A BUG by Michael Elsohn Ross
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2004

"Bugs or no, the soothing images of little ones being tucked in by a loving—even it is a many-legged—parent is bound to have a soporific effect. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Naturalist Ross takes a fey look at the nightly going-to-bed habits of various crawly critters. 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 >