BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT by Karen Ackerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Also available in Spanish (ISBN: 0-689-31917-7). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rachel introduces her family—Mom, Nana, and younger brother Josh—and describes life with a mother who works a ``graveyard shift,'' detailing her workday at a factory and the concurrent events at home from dinner and bedtime to ``the dawn's early light''—a special time the children sometimes share with Mom by getting up at 4 a.m. when she gets home. Read full book review >
LITTLE PINK PIG by Pat Hutchins
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Just right. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Each time Little Pink Pig's mother calls him, he's too busy (in a barrel of apples, knocking over a milk can, etc.) to hear; each time she and the growing band of animals that she asks to help give up and move on, he calls ``Wait for me!'' and they don't hear him. Read full book review >

MISS SPIDER'S TEA PARTY by David Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"With anyone so spidery'') hasn't enough merit to outweigh the flawed premise. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The photo-clear, crayon-bright illustrations of a handsome gold-and-black spider and the sensible insects that fear accepting her invitation are sure to attract bookstore buyers, and this story/counting-book (two beetles, three fireflies, etc.) with its happy ending of insects cheerfully sharing tea and cupcakes at Miss Spider's table while she munches violets may be as harmless as the evidently fictional species (Kirk is ``the leading authority on the rare and beautiful Arachne Vulgaris Florivora,'' confides the jacket). Read full book review >
TELL ME A REAL ADOPTION STORY by Betty Jean Lifton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Jacket note to parents. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An author long concerned with adoption issues creates a fictional model of the importance of candid discussion with young adoptees about their origins. Read full book review >
GRANDMA'S GARDEN by Elaine Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

In this third book about Kim and her grandma, the little girl makes an early spring visit to help plant the first seeds. Read full book review >

GRANDFATHER'S DREAM by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A fine contribution. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There's disagreement in Nam's Vietnamese village: His grandfather hopes that, now the war is over, cranes will return to the area set aside for them; but Mama and Papa (among others) want to plant rice there. Read full book review >
TUTANKHAMEN'S GIFT by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Note. (Biography/Picture book. 5-10)"
A glimpse of the boy king, youngest son of Amenhotop III, which postulates that he enjoyed a quiet, relatively solitary childhood before his father's death. Read full book review >
SPLASH, SPLASH by Jeff Sheppard
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A merry, deftly crafted book, perfect for toddler group or lap-sitter. (Picture book. 1-5)"
``A bee fell in the water,/he went buzz, splash, buzz./When a bee falls in the water,/That's what a bee does'': Jaunty verse that preschoolers will be chanting after a hearing or two is paired with stylized illustrations of animals with wide button eyes in crisp, clean collages of subtly textured paper. Read full book review >
TOO TIRED by Ann Turnbull
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"An entertaining tale with an unobtrusive subtext and delectable art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The sloths are on Noah's list but can't be bothered to come: ``Tomorrow,'' they mumble, going back to sleep. Read full book review >
GOING HOME by Margaret Wild
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Appealing and gently insightful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Eagerly awaiting the day he can leave the hospital, Hugo turns down fellow patients Nirmala and Simon's invitations to play cards or watch TV for imaginative journeys inspired by the zoo he can see out the window. Read full book review >
HENRY THE SAILOR CAT by Mary Calhoun
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"The story is slight and predictable, but it's smoothly told by this old pro, while the carefully crafted realistic illustrations (remarkably precise for watercolors) are sure to appeal to Henry's fans and other cat lovers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The popular Siamese returns as a stowaway on a jaunt with ``The Man'' and ``The Kid.'' When hiding below makes Henry queasy, he comes on deck to enjoy the sights (including dolphins and a whale), ascend the mast, note how the small craft is sailed, and play a crucial role in rescuing The Man when he falls overboard. Read full book review >
THE WALLOPING WINDOW-BLIND by Charles E. Carryl
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"An energetic alternative to Ted Rand's edition (1992). (Picture book. 5-8)"
LaMarche (illustrator of Melmed's Rainbabies, 1992) resets a familiar nonsense rhyme as the oceangoing adventures of a gang of cheery children. 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 >