TOM RABBIT by Martin Waddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Read this to your bunny (to paraphrase Rosemary Wells) only if you're prepared for repeat performances. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Shades of The Velveteen Rabbit: young Sammy takes his plush friend Tom out one day to see "real rabbits," then runs off, distracted. Read full book review >
THE CITY ABC BOOK by Zoran Milich
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Still, as a playful way to stimulate any young child's powers of observation, the general premise is hard to beat; consider this as a viable but contrived second choice. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Like Stephen T. Johnson's Alphabet City (1995), this invites young viewers to spot letters of the alphabet in the large and small structures commonly visible on city streets. Read full book review >

LEON THE CHAMELEON by Mélanie Watt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Perfect for the Little Blue and Little Yellow set, or as an alternative to Ellen Stoll Walsh's Mouse Paint (1989). (Picture book. 5-7)"
Watt debuts with a simple tale that is partly a celebration of physical differences and partly a lesson in color theory. Read full book review >
A PERFECT NAME by Charlene Costanzo
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Made to be part of a storytime that could include Kevin Henkes's Chrysanthemum and Yangsook Choi's The Name Jar, and sure, as the author writes in 'A Note to Parents,' to inspire queries about the source and meaning of children's own names. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two hippos, Mama and Papa Potamus, strive to choose just the right name for their Little One. Read full book review >
THE SCARECROW’S HAT by Ken Brown
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Great for storytelling, with big beautiful pictures for a topper. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A brilliant watercolorist, Brown sets this familiarly patterned tale in sunny, poppy-strewn rural locales, and populates it with animals that are at once wonderfully lifelike and comically expressive. Read full book review >

HUNGRY! HUNGRY! HUNGRY! by Malachy Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"A Dark, Dark Room' it's not, but read aloud with the proper gusto it should elicit a few belly laughs, as well as a mild climactic jolt, and the art is unusually fascinating. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this moderately effective "jump" story, a lad anxiously questions a distracted-looking, green-skinned goblin as he watches it ransack his house: " 'Why have you got such a big fat bum?' 'Squishing things and squashing things . . .' 'Why have you got such a grumbly tum?' 'Hungry! Read full book review >
GROWING LIKE ME by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Sure to be a bedtime favorite as well as a successful introductory science lesson. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A young boy discovers all the growing things around him as he walks by the woods, through a meadow, and by a peaceful pond. Read full book review >
SCAREDY MOUSE by Alan MacDonald
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Expressive, comical illustrations add even more whimsy to this amusing tale. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Nibbles and Squeak embark on an adventure to retrieve some chocolate cake from the kitchen, but what are two little mice against the big, ginger cat, especially when Squeak is "a small mouse, a scared mouse, a stay-at-home mouse." Read full book review >
THE BIG LITTLE SNEEZE by Katja Reider
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Slawski's (Captain Jonathan Sails the Sea, 1997, etc.) goofy art keeps apace of the jet-propelled story, but also manages to display a willowy linework that lends a tender frailty to the work. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The sweetness of succor threatens to suffocate Max the little bear when his friends come to his aid—even though he's not hurting. Read full book review >
ELLIOT’S BATH by Andrea Beck
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Fans of the books will not be disappointed, but there's not much else to recommend. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Several stuffed animals run into a problem when Socks the monkey inadvertently spills paint on herself and on Elliot the plush moose. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Teachers, grandparents, and parents will enjoy sharing this with children of all cultures and then moving on to their own family memories. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
Engaging color photographs of Angelica and her grandmother, who lives right next door in a San Francisco housing project, accompany the simple text that highlights the contemporary life of a Hispanic family. Read full book review >
SHAKE IT, MORENA! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Although there's not much documentation here, the presentation of this folkloric material is engaging. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
The arc of a young girl's typical school day gives structure to this presentation of a rich mixture of traditional songs, games, riddles, a few simple recipes, and stories from Puerto Rico. 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 >