WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR? by Sally Grindley
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"1997, etc.) relies, this time, on sweetness over substance. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This series of truncated vignettes on friendship does not add up to a story. Read full book review >
SPARKY AND EDDIE by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"A galloping tale of friendship, with enough cowboy antics to satisfy new readers, budding Buffalo Bills, and Annie Oakleywannabes alike. (Fiction. 5-7)"
Best friends Sparky and Eddie are a pair of easy- readin'/easy-ridin' cowboys. Read full book review >

MY MOTHER'S SECRET LIFE by Rebecca Emberley
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"Emberley arrays the fantasy realm with bright feathers, glitter, beads, tinsel, and neon-colored mesh netting; children won't miss the details of a mother's sparkling nail polish, a broken string of pearls, or the sequined tip of a clown's shoe. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mother's exasperated shout of "This place looks like a three-ring circus!" borders on the literal in this ambiguous concoction in which a young girl's daytime nap leads to dreams of the circus. Read full book review >
THE LOST HORSE by Ed Young
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Three multi-jointed, delicately wrought puppets—or dolls—are included; although it may be difficult for children to envision reenacting this cerebral tale on the puppet stage, Young's words of encouragement may be enough to get them engaged. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
In this retelling of a Chinese folktale from Young (Mouse Match, 1997, etc.), the wise man, Sai, conveys to others how what appears bad is often good, and what first seems good fortune can be bad. Read full book review >
TORTILLAS AND LULLABIES/TORTILLAS Y CANCIONCITAS by Lynn Reiser
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"In both books, simple phrases and gentle repetition convey the enduring nature of love and the reassuring continuity of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
PLB 0-688-14629-5 In a companion to Cherry Pies and Lullabies (see review, above) Reiser infuses the often mundane actions of daily life with a sense of tradition and great love in a vibrantly illustrated, bilingual picture book that captures the rhythms of life. Read full book review >

THIS BIG SKY by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Tall Walking Woman,'' where Mora is all minute observation and Jenkins all atmosphere, but when their efforts fuse, they lyrically summon the special qualities of a singular landscape. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Mora (Tom†s and the Library Lady, 1997, etc.) celebrates the people, creatures, and landscapes of the American southwest through poetry of mixed quality. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART by Noris Kern
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A sweet-tempered story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Kern neatly skirts the I-love-you-more-than school of competitive affection by putting maternal love into properly absolute terms. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF MEXICATL by Jo Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"There is food for thought in Harper's recasting of the legend, which locates the humanity at the center of true leadership. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
The story of a young man destined to be a leader of his people is also the story of the founding of Mexico. Read full book review >
I REMEMBER PAPA by Helen Ketteman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"While the plot is constructed around a baseball mitt, the theme at the center of the story is the hallowed relationship between father and son in a bygone era, fondly remembered. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From Ketteman (Heat Wave, 1998, etc.), a sentimental reminiscence about a Saturday train trip to the ball game and a life lesson gained from a childhood loss. Read full book review >
JACK by Rebecca Elgar
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Fun until the flaps wear off, which they may from the repeated work-outs this book is certain to enjoy. (Board book. 1-3)"
It's Jack the pup's birthday, and like any inquisitive youngster, he's trying to guess his presents' contents by their shapes. Read full book review >
LETTER TO THE LAKE by Susan Marie Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"If all love letters are made poignant by the sorrows of separation, this one rings true; the picture-book set, however, may find it too unsettling to appreciate. (Picture book. 5-9)"
From the team behind Getting Used to the Dark (1997), a picture book that contrasts the drudgery of a wintry here and now with sparkling, ever-green scenes of summer at the lake. Read full book review >
THROUGH THE NIGHT by Jim Aylesworth
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"The artist's use of perspective assigns the red car of the traveler a personality—it has a character all its own, dwarfed by city skyscrapers or stationed in a driveway, mirroring moonlight in its glass. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a lullaby to night, readers settle in with a lonely father on a long drive through a landscape of hills and highways; he is longing to reach home, where his children and wife wait. 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 >