ALL FOR ONE by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Astutely conveying a vital life lesson with aplomb while avoiding any treacly sentimentalism, this is definitely to be shared with any child navigating the rocky waters of peer relations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Murphy's lovable little monster, Marlon (The Last Noo-Noo, 1995) returns in a heartfelt and ultimately triumphant tale about being excluded. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Layton's bright, eclectic illustration style should be reprised soon, while he is developing better storytelling ideas. (Picture book. 5-8)"
If ever there was a case to argue for "living in the moment"—this is it. Read full book review >

SMILE A LOT! by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"It makes smiling down the bullies seem like child's play. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In another of her unself-consciously oddball joys, Carlson (How About a Hug?, 2001, etc.) suggests that when life sends a downbeat in your direction you should put on a smile. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE SLEEPY SLOTH by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Best is the verbal to-and-froing as these two banter and debate the scene, solving everything, including how to make a new reader laugh out loud. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Jack and Bunny are back with a new case. Read full book review >
THE OBVIOUS ELEPHANT by Bruce Robinson
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"This one's a good bet for read-aloud fun; older audiences will likely appreciate Robinson's skillful yarn-spinning. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Imagine a town, in a country, where a simple thing like an Elephant had never been seen, or even heard of . . ." Read full book review >

MAKE THE TEAM, BABY DUCK! by Amy Hest
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Young readers will recognize Baby Duck's fears and be inspired by her bravery to take the plunge with her in her latest outing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dipping her toes into the pool, Baby Duck longs to make the swim team, but she needs some encouragement before she is ready to jump in. Read full book review >
ON MORNING WINGS by Reeve Lindbergh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"There is a certain heaviness to the beat of the couplet format, but that is mitigated somewhat by pictorial clarity and sincere reverence. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lindbergh first recast Psalm 139 in simple, rhymed couplets in her anthology In Every Tiny Grain of Sand (2000). Read full book review >
BACKYARD DETECTIVE by Nic Bishop
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"With four kinds of spiders, five kinds of ants, and seven different butterflies, there is plenty here to keep young and adult viewers engaged and challenged. (Nonfiction. 5-11)"
The talented photo-illustrator (Digging for Bird Dinosaurs, 2000, etc.) examines 125 backyard creatures, mostly insects, photographed life-sized and described in a detailed text. Read full book review >
JOHN COLTRANE’S GIANT STEPS by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"Nevertheless: a fascinating and ambitious attempt to render the purely aural in a purely visual form. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a picture book that is simultaneously simpler and much more abstract than his earlier celebrations of Charlie Parker (Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, 1992) and Thelonious Monk (Mysterious Thelonious, 1997), Raschka attempts to depict visually saxophone great John Coltrane's "marvelous and tricky composition," "Giant Steps." Read full book review >
WHO SEES THE LIGHTHOUSE? by Ann Fearrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"Those interested in further study of these historic structures will probably already know how to count, but the intricate and compelling illustrations hold interest for a wide age range. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Incredibly textured and detailed illustrations, created by a combination of drawing, painting, and cut- and torn-paper collage, enhance the simple, rhyming text in this counting book focused on lighthouses. Read full book review >
EIGHT ANIMALS BAKE A CAKE by Susan Middleton Elya
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"An appealingly painless introduction to another language. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The clever format of this delightful story will have even the youngest children speaking and understanding Spanish. Read full book review >
TURTLE IN THE SEA by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Arnosky's gentle combination of lesson and beautiful artwork will serve to capture the nature-lover in every child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another nature lesson and environmental message from a specialist in translating the wonders of the natural world into terms children can understand. 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 >