CAT AMONG THE CABBAGES by Alison  Bartlett
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"With a persistent momentum and punctuated by flaps that add mystery and drama, this is robust preschooler fare; the yarn-bright explosions of color in the illustrations only add to the frolic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This fold-out book—from the illustrator of Vivian French's Oliver's Vegetables (1995)—is notable for a number of reasons, not the least for its gorgeous, color-drenched illustrations. Read full book review >
THE BIG LITTLE OTTER by Lillian Hoban
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"Hoban is perfectly in tune with the yearnings of preschoolers. (Board book. 1-3)"
Hoban (Arthur's Camp-Out, 1993, etc.) has created a honey of a board book (as well as its companion, Big Little Lion, ISBN 0- 694-00851-6) that addresses the timeworn complaint of youngsters who believe they aren't being treated like the big kids they wish they were. Read full book review >

GOLDILOCKS by Janice Russell
adapted by Janice Russell, illustrated by Janice Russell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A good, simple edition. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An unembellished retelling of the enduring tale. Read full book review >
BOOM, BABY, BOOM, BOOM! by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"One yummy book. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Wonderful whimsy and delicious silliness in this read-aloud from Mahy (The Five Sisters, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
NIGHT HOUSE, BRIGHT HOUSE by Monica Wellington
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"To rave about typefaces and graphically tidy borders would detract from the original and compelling content. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a cavalcade of interior scenes and columns of precise rhymes, Wellington (Night Rabbits, 1995, etc.) once again finds that the wee hours are not so quiet for scampering nocturnal animals. Read full book review >

FUNNY FACES by Valérie Tracqui
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Attractive and useful. (Board book. 2-8)"
This addition to the Little Nature Books series has glossy covers, vivid full-color photographs of appealing animals, and brief lines of text. Read full book review >
KIA TANISHA DRIVES HER CAR by Eloise Greenfield
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 1997

"The perspective shifts abruptly, from a long view of Kia Tanisha and her car to a close-up of the dashboard, where the objects—key, steering wheel, horn, even the hands—will be barely recognizable to the toddler set. (Board book. 1-4)"
Kia Tanisha Drives Her Car ($5.95; Jan. 31, 1997; 12 pp.; 0-694-00848-6): A toddler named Kia Tanisha shows her independence, driving a toy car to her friend Angie's doorstep in this companion book to Kia Tanisha (ISBN 0-694-00847-8) and then driving home. Read full book review >
IN MY HOME by Angie Sage
by Angie Sage, illustrated by Angie Sage
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"In the Touch-and-Slide Puzzlers series, this is a fun, durable book. (Board book. 1-4)"
In My Home ($6.99; Jan. 1997; 6 pp.; 0-8037-2140-4): Parents and daycare providers will rejoice at this book of three picture- puzzles whose pieces are a permanent part of page. Read full book review >
COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO by Steve Lavis
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"The last spread is a group shot, with the words hanging overhead like a visual cacophony of sound—a phonetic finale to otherwise standard fare. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Counting cows and chickens while making animal sounds is nothing new to the toddler set. Read full book review >
HIPPOS GO BERSERK! by Sandra Boynton
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Most of the fun will make perfect sense to preschoolers; give this to a slightly younger audience than those who love Jeff Sheppard's The Right Number of Elephants (1990). (Picture book. 2-5)"
Hippos Go Berserk ($14.00, paper $5.99; Oct. 1, 1996; 32 pp.; 0- 689-80854-2, paper 0-689-80818-6): A 20-year-old counting book gets new illustrations featuring, once again, the solitary hippo who invites two friends to what becomes a wild party as groups of three, then four hippos (up to nine) arrive and then depart. Read full book review >
JINGLE BABIES by Tom Arma
by Tom Arma, photographed by Tom Arma
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"It's not great art, but it will make a thoughtful stand-in for a Christmas card, as well as a festive standby for the teething set. (Board book. 1-3)"
Jingle Babies ($6.95; Oct. 1, 1996; 12 pp.; 0-448-41139-3): Arma's full-color photographs may ring a bell with readers acquainted with Anne Geddes's work (The Twelve Days of Christmas, 1995, etc.) involving even younger infants than the ones dressed up here. Read full book review >
HUMPTY DUMPTY by Moira Kemp
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Readers will linger over each tableau on the page as if it were a landscape. (Pop-up. 2-4)"
Humpty Dumpty ($12.99; Oct. 1996; 10 pp.; 0-525-67540-X): Here's one version of this verse where the egg hero doesn't end up scrambled! 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 >