THE SEVEN CHAIRS by Helen Lanteigne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A great book to inspire children to ponder the 'lives' of the objects around them. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ostensibly paying homage to the illustration "The Seven Chairs" from Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984), Lanteigne explores the destiny of the seven chairs a man created during his life. Read full book review >
A PAIR OF RED SNEAKERS by Lisa Lawston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Readers will never look at their footwear in quite the same way. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A distinctly Seussian flavor pervades this rollicking rhymed-prose debut. Read full book review >

MOULDYLOCKS by Bernard Lodge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Lodge's illustrations have the look of woodcuts, with thick lines and evenly applied color; Mouldylocks, curly hair wriggling beneath pointed black hat like spinach linguini, makes an earnest foil for her mercurial friends. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A surprise birthday party for Mouldylocks the young witch deteriorates into amusing, wizardly warfare when her three adult hosts take to cheating at the games. Read full book review >
A TRAVELING CAT by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It's rare to find such a distinctly drawn animal character without a trace of an anthropomorphic trait, but Boulevard is through and through a cat among cats. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Some cats are born to travel, and such a one is Boulevard, who appears at a drive-in one evening, stays with the young narrator and her family for a year, then leaves as the spring floods arrive. Read full book review >
ONE GIANT LEAP by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The story has been told many times, but perhaps never with so much heart and spirit. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
From Brown (Alice Ramsay's Grand Adventure, 1997, etc.), a pithy look at one of the national heroes of the space age. Read full book review >

GRANDMOTHER'S DREAMCATCHER by Becky Ray McCain
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Directions for making a dreamcatcher round out this satisfying offering. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Kimmy is to spend a week with her Chippewa grandmother while her parents look for a new home in Chicago. Read full book review >
WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY PORRIDGE? by Colin McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Rock-and-roller's quiff!' (index) (Poetry. 5-10)"
This collection of sophomoric verse from McNaughton (Preston's Goal, p. 897, etc.) isn't so much wicked as mean—"He's such a sweet pup,/I could eat him right up—/We'll have him tonight in the stew!"—and not so much playground-subversive as just plain dumb: "If I was a bird,/My wings I would spread,/I'd swoop over you/And plop on your head!" Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Despite the devastating ending, this touching tale of quiet bravery has universal appeal. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The phenomenal but often unnoticed heroism of many recent immigrants' journeys to freedom is recorded in this remarkable tale of a young Korean girl's escape. Read full book review >
CENDRILLON by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Pinkney's scratchboard illustrations give the comic proportions a tangibility that leaps off the page—the laundry snaps, the coachmen jostle with the movement of the carriage, and the stepdaughter's toes, are, indeed, sausages. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
San Souci's retelling of the Cinderella story in a Martinique mode has music to it that cannot be denied. Read full book review >
THE ROMAN TWINS by Roy Gerrard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Told in rhyming verse, the genial book is inhabited by Gerrard's characteristically dwarfish people, living among extraordinarily detailed buildings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gerrard (Wagons West!, 1996, etc.) takes on Goths and the Roman Empire with a uniquely upended story of twins. Read full book review >
FIRE TRUCK by Peter Sís
by Peter Sís, illustrated by Peter Sís
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The spartan application of color makes the intensely red fire trucks leap off the pages, perfect for point-and-name games and for inspiring similar flights of the imagination. (Picture book. 4-7)"
S°s (Starry Messenger, 1996, etc.) celebrates a universally cherished childhood favorite—the fire truck—in simple, clean lines and smooth planes of color. Read full book review >
LOOK-ALIKES by Joan Steiner
by Joan Steiner, illustrated by Joan Steiner, photographed by Thomas Lindley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A guide in the back details the number of look-alike items (up to 207 in each photographed scene), making this a fun addition to any shelf, and especially where the I Spy books are in demand. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Steiner transports readers to a fantastic city constructed out of everyday household items in this colorful and engaging picture book. 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 >