FIRST DAY by Joan Rankin
by Joan Rankin, illustrated by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Irresistible. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The first day of school is always a difficult transition for both parent and child and Haybillybun and his mother are no exception. Read full book review >
A KID’S BEST FRIEND by Maya Ajmera
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Two concluding pages of basic facts about dogs are more useful, though not as entertaining as the charming photographs of smiling children and their beloved best friends. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ajmera (Animal Friends, not reviewed, etc.) teams up with Fisher for this third entry in the It's a Kids World series, which focuses on the worldwide similarities of children, and in this case, their dogs. Read full book review >

LOST LITTLE ELEPHANT by Alison Morris
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"The geographical focus of the story is a strong attraction, however, and teachers will find Little Elephant's journey an entertaining addition to lessons on geography or transportation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the opening spread of this supersized volume, Little Elephant (an African elephant) receives a polite invitation from his cousin, Aziz (an Indian elephant), to attend a carnival in Delhi. Read full book review >
SHANNA’S TEACHER SHOW by Jean Marzollo
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"Erudite and exuberant, Shanna definitely delivers the goods on teachers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Marzollo's sapient heroine, Shanna, demonstrates the art of teaching with vivacious role-playing that makes this latest edition in the series (Shanna's Doctor Show, not reviewed, etc.) a rousing success. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SCHOOL BUS by Carol Roth
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"An ebullient blend of singsong chants and giddy rhymes, this rollicking read-aloud tale is perfect to share with the youngest preschooler. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Roth and Paparone (Ten Dirty Pigs/Ten Clean Pigs, 1999, etc.) reveal a universal truth known to children, but oft-times forgotten by adults: the bus ride to school can be the best part of the day. Read full book review >

MY FIRST DAY AT NURSERY SCHOOL by Becky Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"A welcome follow-up to Edwards's My Brother Sammy (an award-winner in Britain) and a noteworthy debut for Flintoft. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A worried little girl faces her first day at nursery school with a frown. Read full book review >
TIMOTHY’S TALES FROM HILLTOP SCHOOL by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Be prepared to laugh out loud. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Timothy and his classmates are back in this follow-up to Timothy Goes to School (2001) and they are as heartwarming and true-to-life as ever. Read full book review >
MY BIG BROTHER by Valorie Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"A follow-up for big sisters would be a fine idea. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Written from the point of view of a baby brother, and ostensibly intended for the younger sibling, this paean to older brothers will comfort first-borns who may have trouble adjusting to a new baby, showing them just how much they mean to their newest family members. Read full book review >
BARKUS, SLY AND THE GOLDEN EGG by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"McAllister's take on a time-honored theme is vibrant and fresh; quickly paced, the narrative is just right for reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three clever chickens outwit their abductors—and save themselves from certain death—in this pro-poultry tale. Read full book review >
SAILOR MOO by Lisa Wheeler
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"The naturalistic accuracy of Goembel's illustration adds to the humor of this most unusual situation, especially in the end, when a closing cameo zeroes in on Moo, Angus, and their calf Half-'n'-Half, enjoying ice-cream cones on the Jersey shore. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A land-locked cow follows her dream—and finds lasting happiness—in Wheeler's (Sixteen Cows, p. 348, etc.) humorous outing. Read full book review >
BISCUIT GOES TO SCHOOL by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"A warmly and invitingly drawn school environment, populated by friendly students and genial teachers, will resonate with children already in school while allowing little one's a glimpse of what to expect. (Easy reader. 3-5)"
Biscuit, Capucilli's playful pooch (Biscuit Wants to Play, 2001, etc.), tries a paw at higher learning. Read full book review >
HUNTER’S BEST FRIEND AT SCHOOL by Laura Malone Elliott
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Readers will readily respond to Hunter's dilemma and be reassured by his ultimate success. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hunter wonders what to do when his best friend Stripe decides to be naughty at school and expects Hunter to join in on the roguish behavior. 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 >