THE MERMAID by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Not quite just right but sure to please Brett's fans. (Picture book. 3-5)"
More "The Three Bears" than "The Little Mermaid," Brett's latest picture book was inspired by her visits to Okinawa and the New England Aquarium, where she encountered the Pacific octopus. Read full book review >
BONAPARTE FALLS APART by Margery Cuyler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Both an entertaining spin on back-to-school jitters and an unusual look at service dogs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An elementary-age skeleton is afraid he won't be able to maintain structural integrity at school. Read full book review >

CREEPY PAIR OF UNDERWEAR! by Aaron Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Perfect for those looking for a scary Halloween tale that won't leave them with more fears than they started with. Pair with Dr. Seuss' tale of animate, empty pants. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Reynolds and Brown have crafted a Halloween tale that balances a really spooky premise with the hilarity that accompanies any mention of underwear. Read full book review >
A BEAR'S LIFE  by Nicholas Read
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An appropriate companion to Wolf Island (2017) to nourish the sense of wonder. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
A nature photographer shares his images of young bearhood in the Great Bear Rainforest. Read full book review >
SING, DON'T CRY by Angela Dominguez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"The advice to sing whenever life deals a difficult hand loses its impact due to a confusing and convoluted visual narrative. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Via the English-language lyrics of "Cielito Lindo," a traditional Mexican song, a child fondly recalls her abuelo's visits from Mexico. Read full book review >

THE WORLD IS NOT A RECTANGLE by Jeanette Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"This powerful biography is a boon for all children and is particularly valuable for children outside of the mainstream who have large visions and dreams of their own. (author's note, sources.) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
A visionary architect from Iraq gets well-deserved attention in Winter's new picture-book biography about a woman of courage whose ideas and persistence influenced the world. Read full book review >
GO GO GORILLAS by Patrick Wensink
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Little ones will enjoy these jammie-clad jams, though the book may inspire more dancing than snoozing. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Zoo gorillas aren't lazy slugabeds—the secret revealed! Read full book review >
MECHA MALARKEY by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Optional. (Graphic fantasy. 5-10)"
In this frenetically paced, abundantly punny graphic novel, three robot brothers battle revamped fairy-tale tropes. Read full book review >
HONK! QUACK! BOO! by Tad Hills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Gentle Halloween fun from two beloved friends. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The understated, concrete-thinking best friends enjoy Halloween. Read full book review >
DIG DIG DIGGING ABC by Margaret Mayo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Given the plethora of similar titles, rate this an O for overdone and opt for a better one, such as Ramon Olivera's ABCs on Wheels (2016). (Picture book. 4-7)"
Kids seem to have an innate fascination with machinery, and this alphabet of vehicles will challenge them to name 26 and pair them with their corresponding letters of the alphabet. Read full book review >
NOT FRIENDS by Rebecca Bender
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2017

"This story will ring true for young readers familiar with playground politics and shifting friendships. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A charming friendship story with spare, witty text and that packs a visual punch. Read full book review >
THE WOMPANANNY WITCHES MAKE ONE MEAN PIZZA by Jennie  Palmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Pair with a pie for one mean—er, make that nice—storytime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two recluse witch chefs with a passion for pizza come out from behind their pizza oven…and survive the wild neighborhood kids. 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 >