ON RAM¢N'S FARM by Campbell Geeslin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Earth-toned folk-art illustrations are friendly and funny, a warm match for Ramón, who turns the routine of everyday tasks into his own personal fiesta. (Picture book. 3- 7)"
Easy-to-read vignettes revisit the style and theme of Rosa's magical encounters with animals in Geeslin's In Rosa's Mexico (1996, not reviewed). Read full book review >
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

In this companion to Hunt's Illuminations, fearful horrors mix with benevolent beasts, populating an alphabet book that should provide many hours of discovery. Read full book review >

CITY BY NUMBERS by Stephen T. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Children will relish the game of locating numbers, while adults will pause over Johnson's deliberate use of shape and color to influence mood. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In this wordless companion to Alphabet City (1995), Johnson joins the likes of Tana Hoban, Arlene Alda, and Donald Crews in his attraction to the numbers, letters, shapes, and compositions found in the architecture and infrastructures of outdoor places and public spaces. Read full book review >
THE STONE by Dianne Hofmeyr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The book has broad appeal, giving a fresh new shape and texture to a familiar story. (Picture book/folklore. 4-7)"
This exquisitely illustrated story spins anew the famous tale of the Magi. Read full book review >
THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The states appear in a final gallery, with a few statistics to square off the whole funny enterprise. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Imagine the states, Kansas, California, Ohio, and all the rest, as people with toothy grins, ping-pong balls for eyes, pipe cleaner limbs, and full-blown personalities. Read full book review >

ELLIOT'S EMERGENCY by Andrea Beck
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The coaching Elliot gets on learning to sew hints at self- sufficiency, without becoming didactic. (Picture book. 3-7)"
If a torn seam for a stuffed toy is like a skinned knee for a child, it's no wonder that Elliot the moose turns to his other toy friends for help in keeping his stuffing from falling out. Read full book review >
WINNIE MAE by H.B. Lewis
by H.B. Lewis, illustrated by H.B. Lewis
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The book may captivate older boys with dreams of flying, if they can be book-talked past the picture-book format. (Picture book. 8-11)"
A beautiful but over-designed book—it has a small, thin typeface that is difficult to read—about a boy and his model planes. Read full book review >
LOUD EMILY by Alexis O’Neill
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An appealing nautical tale, this will have reflective readers wondering why whales would come to the rescue of a whaling ship, but O'Neill's language has a roll and verve that captures her young heroine's spirit perfectly. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Seven-year-old Emily, a petite child with stentorian pipes, takes ship with whispery Captain Baroo and his "kind but luckless" crew rather than enroll in Miss Meekmeister's School for Soft-Spoken Girls. Read full book review >
THE GOOD LITTLE GIRL by Lawrence David
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Lucretia will appeal to every child who has ever succumbed to vague parental procrastinations, and Oubrerie's illustrations are just what the story ordered: bug-eyed, elemental, and more than a tad crazy. (Picture book. 6-9)"
David's good little Miranda is being handed a bill of goods from her working parents: "Tomorrow," they reply to her requests, and they take her consent for granted. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE OF SPACE ELF SAM by Audrey Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"They have an electric palette just this side of garish, will make readers want to reach inside the pages and pull the characters out, and vastly reward rereadings. (Picture book. 4-9)"
From the Toy Story school of 3-D computer animation comes this intergalactic Christmas drama from Wood (Sweet Dream Pie, p. 120, etc.) and son. Read full book review >
ZOOM BROOM by Margie Palatini
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The book, like its predecessor, is silly, fun, and revved-up for reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-9)"
This fast-moving sequel to Piggie Pie! (1995) follows demanding, bunny-eating Gritch the witch as she (following a crash- landing on her broom) shops for new transport. Read full book review >
THE THISTLE PRINCESS by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Especially enchanting is the bookmaking_a fine design on creamy paper that feels satiny to the touch. (Picture book. 5-8)"
French (Once Upon a Picnic, 1996, etc.) mirrors Hans Christian Andersen in an original Thumbelina-like fairy tale, in which a child, magically born of a thistle, comes to a childless king and queen. 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 >