MAMA CAT HAS THREE KITTENS by Denise Fleming
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Readers will enjoy following the kittens' purposeful preening, as well as the progress of a mouse that sneaks through the pages until it finds its little ones safe in the nest. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Mama Cat has three kittens: two mimics and one contrarian. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Goble's illustrations shine, while the endless interruptions of the main story with narrator asides, as well as with the comments of Iktomi and others, return the story to its oral roots. (Picture book/folklore. 4-9)"
Iktomi (Iktomi and the Buzzard, 1994, etc.), with a buzz cut and full ceremonial dress, is up to his antics again, which this time involve tricking prairie dogs to settle down in hot coals so he can gobble them up for dinner. Read full book review >

OLIVER'S FRUIT SALAD by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Bartlett's artwork is as lush and electric as ever, demonstrating in the selection of fruit an act akin to picking jewels. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Oliver, who didn't like vegetables in French and Bartlett's Oliver's Vegetables (1995), returns to express his opinions on fruit. Read full book review >
THE WILD BOY by Mordicai Gerstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"While it is clear that the boy never truly adjusts, it is even more appealing that his essential wildness remains intact—a fact that will rivet children. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The wild child of Aveyron, captured in southern France at the very end of the 18th century, has been the subject of a film by Franáois Truffaut, and numerous books, including a novel by Gerstein (see review, above). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The illustrations—delicate, vivacious clusters of pencil-and-watercolor images of people working—generate a light of their own, turning each righthand page into a multi-framed visual telling that enhances the anecdotes and intrigue of the text on the left. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Halperin (When Chicken Grow Teeth, 1996, etc.) offers an ode to young entrepreneurs who happen to be her children, and the involvement of relatives, neighbors, and friends. Read full book review >

THE GO-AWAY DOLL by Carl A. Hammerschlag
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Genial but stiff illustrations in smooth earth tones accompany the story. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The story is secondary to purpose in this entry in a new series, Dr. H Books. Read full book review >
TELLING TIME WITH BIG MAMA CAT by Dan Harper
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Moments of coyness (the book titles in the house: Kitty In the Rye, The Milkman Cometh, etc.) can't mar this project, which includes a fold-out page of a clock with movable hands so readers can keep time with Big Mama's day. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Harper's picture book features a day in the life of burly old Big Mama Cat as she eats, naps, shreds furniture, while an astonishing number of household clocks mark the time. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE DOG PIONEERS by Jo Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Spearing's art recalls the charm of woodcuts, with stylized and tidy landscapes, structures, and people. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Mae Dean is stunned when her father announces that he is moving his family from their home and manicured yard with the tree swing to the Texas Panhandle where they will have their own land and sod hut. Read full book review >
CAT UP A TREE by John Hassett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Children won't be able to resist the temptation to count them, and few will quibble with the notion that when it comes to cat-and-mouse, turnabout is fair play. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The Hassetts (Charles of the Wild, 1997, etc.) skewer unhelpful neighbors and public servants with this pointed and witty picture book. Read full book review >
LUCY DOVE by Janice M. Del Negro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

In an original story with Celtic roots, a superstitious laird believes that "a pair of trousers sewn by the light of the full moon in the graveyard of old St. Read full book review >
THE BEST THING ABOUT A PUPPY by Judy Hindley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The best thing about this book is the way it makes readers smile with every turn of the page. (Picture book. 3-6)"
paper 0-7636-0597-2 Hindley (The Big Red Bus, 1995, etc.) masterfully captures the abundant energy and mischievousness of a puppy as it capers about, to the delight and exasperation of its new owner. Read full book review >
THE SEVEN CHAIRS by Helen Lanteigne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A great book to inspire children to ponder the 'lives' of the objects around them. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ostensibly paying homage to the illustration "The Seven Chairs" from Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984), Lanteigne explores the destiny of the seven chairs a man created during his life. 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 >