ELECTRA AND THE CHARLOTTE RUSSE by Corinne Demas Bliss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A real problem is the pacing of the words and art: Some pages are heavy with text, others have only a line or two, and the text of the last scene is separated from its illustration by a full-page close-up of a parrot. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A funny tale to which most readers will relate, that gets off to a great start and then trails off, though realistically. Read full book review >
THE WINDHOVER by Alan Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

In the classic tradition of wildlife stories—from Born Free to Free Willy—a creature is plucked from the wild and caged, then eventually reintroduced to its natural habitat. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Turns out they've brought the cake in this wonderful variation on the nursery rhyme that for once will frighten no one away. (Picture book. 2-6)"
When little Miss Muffet plunks down on her tuffet, the spider she sees is actually the first guest to arrive for her surprise birthday party. Read full book review >
WEIRD PET POEMS by Dilys Evans
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"With just 14 poems, including the one on the endpapers, this is a slender gathering, but the selections vary nicely in tone and level of discourse, and the illustrations expand upon the pieces with exuberance. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
Animals great and small, real and imaginary sprawl across Rogers's vigorous, spread-filling, eye-filling watercolors in this wild and woolly successor to Monster Soup and Other Spooky Poems (1992). Read full book review >
ELSIE PIDDOCK SKIPS IN HER SLEEP by Eleanor Farjeon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The story is still spry and wise, and Voake makes this neglected literary gem—and unforgettable read-aloud—look new. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Voake's ink-and-watercolor sketches match the delicate clarity of Farjeon's prose to perfection in this small, handsomely turned-out volume that makes available to a new generation a classic tale of tyranny overcome. Read full book review >

THE LITTLE REINDEER by Michael Foreman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Foreman's watercolors are two-page splendors, with captivating, diverse perspectives on the city and the snowy north. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This bittersweet love story from Foreman (After the War Was Over, 1996, etc.) starts on a wintry night in the far north. Read full book review >
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN SOMETHING WANTS TO EAT YOU? by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A dashing look at natural escape routes. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
The art of camouflage works on several levels here: Jenkins (Big and Little, 1996, etc.) cleverly conceals a factual compendium of 14 animal and insect defenses as a colorful picture book. Read full book review >
GOOD TIMES WITH TEDDY BEAR by Jacqueline McQuade
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Beginning readers will appreciate the large captions but find the story lacking; it will appeal most to preschoolers seeking comfort and reassurance. (Picture book. 3-7)"
McQuade (Christmas with Teddy Bear, 1996, etc.) narrates the events of Teddy Bear's day, beginning with breakfast in bed and ending with tucking back in for another night's sleep. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Facts and names come fast, without extensive context; this is not the author's best biography, but it perfectly illustrates the power of the written word to make changes in a society. (index, not seen, b&w photos, chronology, notes, further reading) (Biography. 7-10)"
This entry in the Rainbow Biography series tells the story of Ida B. Wells, born in 1862, who was the oldest of seven children, and took over the responsibility of her family at age 14, when her parents died of yellow fever. Read full book review >
IF YOU WERE BORN A KITTEN by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A perfect bedtime book, this also provides some simple answers to those first questions on reproduction. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Aspects of the birth process of a variety of animals are described in an inventive, often poetic text. Read full book review >
BABY IN A BASKET by Gloria Rand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"His art is full of detail, from the red-cheeked, cherry-nosed travelers, to the cold clouds puffing from the horse's nostrils, to the evident ferocity of the winter storm. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Adventure and high drama unfurl in this true story that carries all the seeds of tragedy, but ends happily. Read full book review >
A STREET CALLED HOME by Aminah Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"There is an agreeable sentimentality to this 1940s tableaux that refuses to go pretty, a sense that readers are witnessing the real thing. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In an accordion book with flaps, an extraordinary celebration of Mount Vernon Avenue, a street that sprang from an Ohio shantytown called the Blackberry Patch that was the destination for many African-Americans pushing north during the turn of the century. 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 >