FOOTPRINTS AND SHADOWS by Anne Wescott Dodd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 1992

"What's special here is the impressionistic double-spread art, effectively conveying the evanescence of these fleeting images with an imaginative appeal that goes well beyond the text. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Like Tana Hoban's photographic books, an exploration of related concepts through visual images—in this case, the lovely, evocative paintings of a Danish artist. Read full book review >
HOW A SHIRT GREW IN THE FIELD by Konstantin Ushinsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Useful note on flax. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A 19th-century Russian ``classic,'' originally published in this adaptation in 1967 with illustrations by Yaroslava. Read full book review >

BOO! IT'S HALLOWEEN by Wendy Watson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"A nicely understated change of pace from the more garish books for this holiday. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Continuing her holiday series (A Valentine for You, 1991), Watson uses here the same appealing characters and New England setting, cozily set forth in an assortment of cartoon-style vignettes and more expansive illustrations; but this time she takes a somewhat different tack with a text that includes less traditional material: While the straightforward narrative describes preparations and kids making their trick-or-treat rounds, the characters (pets, too) in the pictures are asking riddle-jokes that bid fair to steal the show (``What...do ghosts wear?'' ``Boo jeans!''). Read full book review >
OUR TEACHER'S HAVING A BABY by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"The watercolor illustrations perfectly capture the postures, moods, and expressions of the children and the liveliness of their classroom. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A warm—but unsentimental—story about the excitement, anticipation, and anxieties experienced by a first-grade class whose teacher has a baby during the school year. Read full book review >
RING O'ROSES by L. Leslie Brooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Afterword'' to both books. (Folklore/Picture book. 1-8)"
Never have young children had a better introduction to Mother Goose than this profusely illustrated collection of 21 rhymes, at last available again—see comments above. Read full book review >

DORRIE AND THE HAUNTED SCHOOLHOUSE by Patricia Coombs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"With lively, humorous illustrations in full color and an easily read text, a welcome addition to a popular series. (Fiction/Young reader. 5-8)"
On their first day of school, little witch Dorrie and her friends find Professor Zucchini mysteriously absent. Read full book review >
AN ISLAND CHRISTMAS by Lynn Joseph
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"A welcome contribution. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the vernacular Joseph used so effectively in A Wave in Her Pocket (1991, ALA Notable), Rosie describes her family's preparations for a Trinidad Christmas: plucking sorrel to make a traditional drink, baking currant cake, welcoming the ``parang'' men who serenade from house to house, repainting the guava branch the family uses as a tree. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN GOOSE BOOK by L. Leslie Brooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Never mind; in most ways, an improvement on the last available editions, and a treasure. (Folklore/Picture book. 2-8)"
Breaking Kirkus tradition, we celebrate the return of two landmarks that suffered size reductions before going out of print years ago. Read full book review >
OTTERS UNDER WATER by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"First-rate natural history for the youngest. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2-8)"
A very simple descriptive text captions full-bleed color- pencil illustrations of two young otters on a morning fishing expedition, largely under the waters of their northern pond. Read full book review >
FOG by Susi Gregg Fowler
by Susi Gregg Fowler, illustrated by Jim Fowler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"Fowler's strong, unsentimental paintings move the story beyond a particular family chasing the weather blues to a more universal message about meeting adversity with cheerful ingenuity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When ``the worst fog [Dad's] ever seen'' wraps itself around the house, even Momma seems worried. Read full book review >
BOOTSIE BARKER BITES by Barbara Bottner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"An entertaining, insightful glimpse into a child's real world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beleaguered small girl recounts her troubles with the daughter of her mother's best friend, who terrorizes her on her frequent visits. Read full book review >
YES, DEAR by Diana Wynne Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"The scenario is familiar, but Jones is unusually imaginative and adroit in shaping it; Philpot's pen and watercolor illustrations are also sympathetic, deftly drawn and full of amusing details of both the real and the fantasy worlds. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Although Kay's special autumn leaf is magical—it makes her sand pies real, lets her converse with a caterpillar her own size on a giant rose, and turns her patchwork quilt robe into an elaborate kingdom—her parents and siblings (each busy with an activity that sparks one of Kay's adventures) brush off her pleas for notice. 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 >