IF YOU FIND A ROCK by Peggy Christian
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Like Meredith Hooper's Pebble in My Pocket (not reviewed), this suggests to children the rewards of taking closer looks at these most commonplace of natural objects. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With hand-colored photos of grave children holding, sitting on, or clambering over rocks, Christian (Chocolate, A Glacier Grizzly, 1997) poetically suggests picking up pebbles to see if they are skipping rocks or scraping rocks, wishing rocks or worry rocks, or perhaps just rocks with marvelous things in or under them. Read full book review >
A IS FOR SALAD by Mike Lester
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Lane territory, or Nicholas Heller's Goblins in Green (1995) and other residents of the picture-book universe's daffier reaches. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Lester debuts with a promisingly irreverent alphabet, inviting a closer look at the pictures by giving them misleading captions: "A" does indeed feature a salad—but an Alligator is eating it. Read full book review >

DUTCH SNEAKERS AND FLEAKEEPEERS by Calef Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Neither the art nor the verse is as clever as Douglas Florian's at its best, but the general outlook here is similarly wacky. (Poetry. 8-11)"
More postmodern free association from the author of Polkabats and Octopus Slacks (not reviewed). Read full book review >
MAKING ANIMAL BABIES by Sneed B. Collard III
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Though interesting, this not as successful as past collaborations. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Continuing the story of Animal Dads (1997), artist Steve Jenkins provides more striking paper collages while author Sneed Collard III pens a brief text, which includes some sophisticated biology about asexual and sexual reproduction in animals. Read full book review >
STRETCHING OURSELVES by Alden R. Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"An important book for sharing. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Another outstanding health-related title by the author of I'm Tougher Than Asthma (not reviewed). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2000

"Bennett's earth-toned, full-page, pencil and watercolor paintings add immediacy and intimacy while advancing the narrative. (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
The girl who was to become Mme. C.J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove, in poverty, to ex-slave, sharecropper parents in rural Louisiana in1876. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2000

"As such, this appealing biography will certainly meet and exceed the expectations of a burgeoning new audience for the artist's life and work. (Biography. 8-11)"
A handsome, well-designed book and a terrific, engaging read, this is an openly affectionate portrait of Rockwell as both the man and the artist. Read full book review >
WOMBAT GOES WALKABOUT by Michael Morpurgo
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Besides its undeniable kid appeal, the wombat is the mascot of at least two online library discussion groups—they are going to love it. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Beautiful book design and illustrations drenched in the red-gold light of Australia enhance the warm-hearted story of Wombat. Read full book review >
NOBODY RIDES THE UNICORN by Adrian Mitchell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Despite these minor quibbles, this will certainly please the unicorn crowd and will be a popular read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This modern fairy tale tells the story of a fearful and paranoid king who summons the gentlest girl in the kingdom to trap a unicorn in order to kill it for his own selfish purposes. Read full book review >
HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT? by Jane Yolen
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2000

"Verse and illustration are beautifully matched in these bedtime scenarios familiar to all parents of young children. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Huge, fanciful dinosaurs confront their parents at bedtime in this playful romp. Read full book review >
LITTLE WHITE DUCK by Walt Whippo
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Bravo. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This favorite song, written in the 1950s, has been a kid-pleaser for generations, thanks to such song stylists as Danny Kaye, Burl Ives, and more recently, Raffi. Read full book review >
OFF WE GO! by Jane Yolen
by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Laurel Molk
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Pick this up, lickety split. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Little ones know that Grandma's house is best! 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 >