DADDY CALLS ME MAN by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"This may be a book to pair with Peter Catalanotto's The Painter (1995), for two glimpses of the lives of artists. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This story from Johnson (The Rolling Store, p. 300, etc.) consists of four short verses (``Big Shoes,'' ``Spin,'' ``Noah's Moon,'' and ``Baby Sister'') about the happy home life of a young African-American boy. Read full book review >
GOLDFISH HIDE-AND-SEEK by Satoshi Kitamura
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a storyline that lacks the splash readers expect from Kitamura (Duck Is Dirty, 1996, etc.). (Picture book. 3-6)"
Where is Heidi hiding? Read full book review >

DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF GIANTS AND LITTLE PEOPLE by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a thoughtfully organized book, suitable for almost any folklore collection. (Folklore. 5-10)"
Like her previous efforts in this vein (Diane Goode's Book of Silly Stories and Songs, 1992, etc.), Goode offers a diverse, accessible, and well-rounded collection of stories about people big and small, interspersing old favorites (``The Elves and the Shoemaker,'' ``Teeny Tiny,'' etc.) with more unusual gems: the West Indian ``Anansi and the Plantains,'' the Japanese ``Three Strong Women,'' and the wryly feminist ``Managing Molly.'' The book opens with a wise introduction and closes with Nancy Willard's ``Magic Story for Falling Asleep''just the right note. Read full book review >
THE WONDER WORM WARS by Margie Palatini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Palatini is least effective when she employs sarcasm and too-hip dialogue, but perfectly at home evoking scenes of family warmth and camaraderie. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When Palatini (Moosetache, p. 386, etc.) allows the nine- year-old narrator, Elliot, to get past his penchant for name- calling and his smart-aleck, center-of-the-universe attitude, readers will find a good story in the offing, about boy-girl role reversal. Read full book review >
CROOKJAW by Caron Lee Cohen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

This fanciful story has its roots in New England whaling lore, from a time when witches were thought to inhabit the bellies of the more vicious whales. Read full book review >

WHERE FIREFLIES DANCE/AHI, DONDE BAILAN LAS LUCIÉRNAGAS by Lucha Corpi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Fireflies and a number of photographs (presumably of Corpi's family) figure into the illustrations, each of which has a uniquely appropriate border. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The CIP data calls this bilingual tale fiction, but Corpi's afterword places the story ``where imagination and memory blend.'' She recalls a night during her childhood, in the small Mexican town of J†ltipan, when she and her older brother, Victor, explored a ruined house, once home of the revolutionary fighter Juan Sebasti†n. Read full book review >
DOG MAGIC by Carla Golembe
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The last line of the book lets readers in on the author's secret: This is a story about Golembe. (Picture book. 3-6)"
New shoes and a fear of dogs ordinarily do not go hand-in- hand, but they fit neatly into the plot of this first solo work from Golembe (illustrator of Jama Kim Rattigan's The Woman in the Moon, 1996, etc.), using her familiar sparkling tropical palette. ``Hot bananas!'' exclaims Molly when she discovers that her turquoise shoes with purple bows and pink and yellow stars are magic; all previous fear of dogs vanishes in a snap. Read full book review >
THE NEW DOG by Barbara Shook Hazen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

Get ready for a rollicking story-hour session; the blatant injustices suffered by a pampered young dog during his initiation into the cold, cruel world of socialization will have the picture-book set on its feet with indignation and cheering at the puppy's eventual triumph. Read full book review >
TURTLE BAY by Saviour Pirotta
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 21, 1997

"Hushed, lavender-hued pictures befit the tone of the understated story; mottled backgrounds cast a quiet spell, as does the sagacious old man who appears to understand more than just turtles. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Outlined in the tranquil telling of a friendship between a young boy and a seemingly odd man who proves to be ``old and wise, and full of wonderful secrets'' is a beguiling look at the breeding process of Japanese sea turtles, who lay their eggs on land yet live in the ocean. Read full book review >
BIG, SCARY WOLF by Harvey Stevenson
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 19, 1997

"Stevenson (Grandpa's House, 1994, etc.) uses a palette of green, purple, and blue to create a spooky atmosphere, which evaporates as soon as the wolf comes into the light, and rendering its scariness— and its preference for staying in or out—moot. (Picture book. 3-6)"
``Rose couldn't sleep. Read full book review >
PRINCE PETER AND THE TEDDY BEAR by David McKee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 1997

"The illustrations are drenched in color, patterned and winsomely textured. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From McKee (Zebra's Hiccups, 1993, etc.), the tale of the profound effects a simple hug can bestow. Read full book review >
THE PUMPKIN FAIR by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Christelow valiantly trudges along, mustering as many pumpkin-related scenes as she can and stuffing them with comic characters and events, but even she begins to flag near the end. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The reason for this determinedly jolly book seems to be to provide educators with a fall title that invokes autumn harvest themes and even jack-o'-lanterns—yet it never mentions Halloween. 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 >