DESSER, THE BEST CAT EVER by Maggie Smith
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"This forthright, compassionate tale is a sweet, soothing balm for bereaved pet owners as well as any cat lover. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young girl reminisces about the life of her cat, Desser, chronicling how the frisky kitten was acquired—"a long, long time ago, when my daddy had big hair"—and how their friendship blossomed. Read full book review >
HENRY'S FIRST-MOON BIRTHDAY by Lenore Look
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Bright, colorful, busy, and jumpy (just like real life in any happy household with a healthy newborn), this story will be of special interest to Chinese-American families and to parents of adopted Chinese children, but has universal appeal. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Baby Henry is celebrating his one-month birthday, with everyone in his Chinese-American family making extensive preparations for the festivities, especially his big sister, Jenny, and their grandmother, Gnin-Gnin. Read full book review >

ONE MORE WEDNESDAY by Malika Doray
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A good, unusually frank discussion starter about loss for the very young. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Wednesday is the day the young narrator of this story visits his beloved Granny, who is sometimes grumpy, but more often, loving and fun. Read full book review >
MRS. SPITZER’S GARDEN by Edith Pattou
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Lucky the reader, of any age, who had a Mrs. Spitzer. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A very loving book, a tribute really, to the teachers of the world and beyond them to all people who nurture children. Read full book review >
GHOST WINGS by Barbara M. Joosse
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"It includes a discussion guide and information on the Days of the Dead and monarch butterflies. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Joosse's (Alien Brain Fryout, 2000, etc.) sensitive tale of love, loss, and remembrance is set in a small Mexican town and intertwined with the lifecycle of monarch butterflies. Read full book review >

PATCHES LOST AND FOUND by Steven Kroll
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"This first-time book illustrator is a talent to watch. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this edifying picture book, Kroll (William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania, 2000) reveals that there is more than one way to tell a story. Read full book review >
WHY DO DOGS BARK? by Joan Holub
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A companion volume is available: Why Do Cats Meow? (ISBN 0-8037-2503-5) (Easy reader. 5-8)"
The only hesitation readers might have about this easy-to-read gathering of dog information is that the answers are a little too pat, without room for doubt or suggestion. Read full book review >
DUCK ON A BIKE by David Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A 'quackerjack' of a terrific escapade. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Grab your funny bone—Shannon (The Shark God, 2001, etc.) rides again! Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Most everyone enjoys a joke, but few appreciate being tormented. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hot and snazzy artwork carries this story of being more than just a little naughty. Read full book review >
A FISH NAMED SPOT by Jennifer P. Goldfinger
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Yet the book's humility speaks well for it, as does its air of old-fashioned tall-tale storytelling. (Picture book. 4-7)"
You are what you eat in this unassuming story of a fish that wanted to be a dog, from newcomer Goldfinger. Read full book review >
HONDO & FABIAN by Peter McCarty
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Captioned by a very brief, present-tense text that passes the point of view back and forth, the illustrations convey a feeling of comfortable interspecies amiability more akin to Steven Kellogg's A Rose for Pinkerton (1981) than Donald Hall's I Am the Dog, I Am the Cat (1994). (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sepia-toned, subtly textured pencil drawings on cream-colored paper give this pet's-eye view of a day's adventures an air of polished, if slightly distant, elegance. Read full book review >
PENNY LEE AND HER TV by Glenn McCoy
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Put it on your schedule—it could be good for a few minutes of prime-time reading. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The object of McCoy's barbed humor is a bit moldy by this date, but his wiry hero and addled heroine make this worth one last go-round. 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 >