VALENSTEINS by Ethan Long
Kirkus Star
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"Hysterically plays on kids' stereotyped notions of love, hopefully putting some to rest. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cast of creatures that looks more suited to Halloween than Valentine's Day finds love scarier than anything they could dream up. Read full book review >
ALLY'S BIG BOOK OF FRIENDS by Chloe Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"Well-meaning but misses the mark. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An overview of many adoption scenarios. Read full book review >

WHERE IS BABY'S HOME? by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"Overall, the book's rhythmic prose, textured visuals, and diverse characters make it an excellent choice for emerging readers. (Board book. 1-4)"
At the end of the day, it's time for the world's babies to find their ways home. Read full book review >
SINK OR SWIM by Judy Katschke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Ride on, Magic School Bus! (Informational fiction. 5-8)"
The updated Magic School Bus Rides Again TV series tempts newly independent readers and science lovers with an early chapter book about fish adaptations. Read full book review >
BE BRAVE, LITTLE PENGUIN by Giles Andreae
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Andreae and Parker-Rees team up once again for another zoological confidence booster. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tiny penguin is afraid of the water. Read full book review >

I LOVE CATS! by Sue Stainton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Feline fanatics will happily chant along. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Any cat will tell you, all cats are perfect! Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU FOR MILES AND MILES by Alison  Goldberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Generic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A parent bear expresses their love for their cub through comparisons that will appeal to kids who love vehicles of all sorts. Read full book review >
DEAR GIRL, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Singularly addressed to 'Girl,' but an open-arms reminder to all children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Short, epistolary advice from a loving parent or caregiver. Read full book review >
BUMBLEBEE BOY LOVES... by David Soman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"A sweet addition to this growing series about would-be superheroes. (Board book. 2-4)"
A list of all the people and activities Bumblebee Boy loves. Read full book review >
THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE by Carter Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"A sort of anti-valentine for those who want to show the ones they love they care without being all mushy (or spending any money). (Picture book. 5-8)"
After a small girl gives a boy a valentine, he finds all kinds of ways to show her he cares, but not with a valentine. Read full book review >
THE PINK HAT by Andrew Joyner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"This pink hat's tale won't inform young feminists in great detail, but its light take on a social movement could spark conversation. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pink hats emerged as a cultural phenomenon in early 2017, as the Women's March on Washington and in locations nationwide drew widespread attention. Read full book review >
I LOVE PETE THE KITTY by James Dean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 29, 2017

"As a vehicle for peddling Pete to babies, this book serves its purpose, but that's the only one. (Board book. 1-3)"
Dean's heavy-lidded blue cat loves a lot of things. 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 >