DOWN BY THE COOL OF THE POOL by Tony Mitton
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"A slice of tomfoolery, suitable to be read as a song, giving the action the kind of chipper and carefree spin it begs for. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A wacky romp of a tale, full of simple and buoyant verse and accompanied by electrically jazzy artwork, of a barnyard of creatures cutting it up down by the old waterhole. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Catrow's illustrations are manic in a bug-eyed way, and it has to be handed to him that he hasn't stooped to the graphic to get chuckles, but keeps things at the suggestive level. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's not that the new lyrics set to old-favorite tunes aren't humorous in Katz's book, it's that they are predictable. Read full book review >

BOOK! BOOK! BOOK! by Deborah Bruss
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Simple, gladdening word fun, set in Beeke's (The Brand New Creature, 1998) charming watercolor and acrylic scenes of familiar farm and library activities filled with just the right details. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The sounds of the barnyard—and the surprising likeness some of them hold to the English language—are introduced in this brisk and atmospheric picture book from a clever newcomer. Read full book review >
FROGGY EATS OUT by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Froggy, though you may not want to take him home. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The latest Froggy from London is as much fun as its predecessors to read aloud, with all its zips, zwits, and zoops. Read full book review >
RATTLETRAP CAR by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"No reality check is needed here, just high spirits and a rollicking good time. (Picture book. 5-7)"
It takes everything they've got to get this family to the lake in their falling-apart car. Read full book review >

PLATYPUS by Chris Riddell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Well-known as a political cartoonist, Riddell conveys his message subtly and with good humor. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Riddell (Rabbit's Wish, 2001, etc.) reaches out to the preschool set in this charming environmental primer. Read full book review >
APPLE PIE FOURTH OF JULY by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"All at once, cultural boundaries don't seem quite as defined. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"No one wants Chinese food / on the Fourth of July, I say. / Fireworks are Chinese, Father says, / and hands me a pan full of sweet-and-sour pork." Read full book review >
DIG DIG DIGGING by Margaret Mayo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Young children, fascinated by the sounds, actions, and sheer enormity of these vehicles will find much to like in these busy scenes. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Diggers are good at dig, dig, digging, / scooping up the earth, and lifting and tipping. / They make huge holes with their dig, dig, digging. / They can work all day." Read full book review >
CAN YOU MAKE A PIGGY GIGGLE? by Linda Ashman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Even if the 'piggy won't giggle,' most everyone else will. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A stubborn pig refuses to crack a smile even as all the other farm animals are laughing at the mayhem. Read full book review >
PEEKABOO MORNING by Rachel Isadora
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Toddlers will delight in the play-along potential of this beautiful story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
With eyelids fluttering open, an adorable African-American toddler wakes to play a game of peekaboo with everyone. Read full book review >
PLAY GENTLY, ALFIE BEAR by Catherine Walters
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Softly painted illustrations of this cuddly, teddy bear-like family will enchant young children while at the same time providing a useful lesson for siblings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When a new baby brother and sister arrive on the scene, a young bear named Alfie must learn how to play gently with them. Read full book review >
FELIX FEELS BETTER by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Felix's story not only provides some subtle lessons in good health habits and coping with mild illness, but also confirms the reassuring results of a mother's tender loving care. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Toddlers and their parents love the humor of Wells's bestselling Max and Ruby board books and the bright, believable animal characters in her illustrations for Opie's quintessential Mother Goose collections (My Very First Mother Goose, 1996, etc.). 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 >