THE TURKEY PRINCE by Izzi Tooinsky
adapted by Izzi Tooinsky, illustrated by Edwina White
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

In this earnest retelling of a Hasidic tale, a young prince with feelings of inadequacy concludes that he is really a turkey, and so takes up residence under the kitchen table. Read full book review >
THE SPIDER WEAVER by Margaret Musgrove
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Like kente cloth itself, this will have a powerful visual impact on all who see it, and Musgrove adds value to her simply told narrative with a concluding discussion of her sources and the significance of the cloth's various patterns. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
In her first book for children since Ashanti to Zulu (1976, a Caldecott winner for illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon), Musgrove retells a beguiling Ashanti tale about the origin of kente cloth. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Also containing a rather lame flip-o-rama and instructions on how to draw the characters, this book is silly good fun. (Fiction. 7-10)"
It's easy to see how Pilkey's high-action, easy-reading chapter novel with a comic-book feel would appeal to younger readers. Read full book review >
THOSE BUILDING MEN by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Let readers spend time more profitably with the likes of John Henry or Mike Mulligan. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Vague text and anemic pictures make this at best a half-hearted tribute to the construction workers of the last century or so. Read full book review >
THE HICKORY CHAIR by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A fine story with a theme seldom visited. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In this loving, warmly sentimental tale an old man fondly remembers his childhood days with his grandmother. Read full book review >

THE CASE OF THE MOSSY LAKE MONSTER by Michele Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"In fact, teachers will be among the first fans of this series, as the cases would make great read-alouds in elementary classrooms, with built-in science experiments as follow-up activities. (Fiction. 8-11)"
There's always room for another detective team on the junior fiction shelves, and the dynamic duo of fifth graders, Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey, have the added appeal of being amateur scientists as well as amateur sleuths. Read full book review >
NO MORE! by Doreen Rappaport
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"An excellent account of the many ways in which slaves participated in bringing down the greatest evil in our nation's history. (author's note, chronology of important events, bibliography, recommended reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A poem about the impossibility of enslaving the mind and soul of a person in chains sets the tone for this stunning collection of stories and songs in tribute to slave resistance in America. Read full book review >
PAPER LANTERNS by Stefan Czernecki
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Enlightening. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Those time-tested attributes of a good student—listen quietly, watch carefully, practice persistently—get unforced cultivation in this tale, but it's the lanterns that steal the show. Read full book review >
A KITTEN CALLED MOONLIGHT by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Here he has been aided and abetted by the soft-focus chalk pastel artwork, which emits beatitude and patience like radioactive substances, and cat lovers everywhere will swoon. (Picture book 3-6)"
Waddell out-Waddells himself in the honeyed department with this story of a young girl's rescue of an abandoned kitten. Read full book review >
MORE SPICE THAN SUGAR by Lillian Morrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Morrison closes with notes on the historical figures here, though no information about the poets—still, this makes uplifting reading, meriting a place alongside Ann Whitford Paul's All By Herself (1999) and Isabel Joshlin Glaser's Dreams of Glory: Poems Starring Girls (1995). (Poetry. 8-12)"
" ‘ . . . i'm gonna beat / out my own rhythm,' " proclaims the child in Nikki Giovanni's "The Drum," and Morrison (I Scream You Scream, 1997, etc.) expands on that theme with 44 more forthrightly feminist declarations. Read full book review >
FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON by Alexandra Siy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Useful for replacing aging space titles. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
In this glossy photo essay, the author briefly recounts the study and exploration of the moon, beginning with Stonehenge and concluding with the 1998-99 unmanned probe, Lunar Prospector. Read full book review >
HELLO OCEAN by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Beautifully written and illustrated, this striking picture book is the next best thing to being there. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An eloquent tribute to the wonders of the sea, also functioning on a more pragmatic level as an introduction to the five senses. 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 >