O'SULLIVAN STEW by Hudson Talbott
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Talbott's illustrations are just as fanciful and fun; story and pictures are bound to charm an audience just as they captivate the king. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Clever Kate O'Sullivan cooks up a feast of family stories to save her and her kins' lives. Read full book review >
LOVE AND KISSES by Sarah Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Sendak team and Elizabeth Winthrop's Sloppy Kisses. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Small, sweet, and silly, Wilson's book exhorts readers to "Blow a kiss and let it go. / You never know how love will grow." Read full book review >

WHERE ARE THE NIGHT ANIMALS? by Mary Ann Fraser
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 31, 1999

"Naturalistic illustrations provide stills of each animal against deep blues, teals, and aquamarines; endnotes explain where nocturnal animals hide during the day. (Picture book. 3-6)"
PLB 0-06-027718-1 paper 0-06-445176-3 This Stage 1 entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series focuses on eight common nocturnal creatures, from the barn owl to the harvest mouse. Read full book review >
SUPER SAND CASTLE SATURDAY by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 1999

"For those who resist Larry's strict notions, bring out Loreen Leedy's blithe Measuring Penny (p. 270) for a more generous examination of nonstandard measurements. (Picture book. 6-8)"
PLB 0-06-027613-4 This entry in the MathStart series explores the hazards of measuring in nonstandard units. Read full book review >
HENRY THE FOURTH by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 1999

"The combination of written and visual reinforcement effectively provides a firm foundation of understanding for beginning learners. (Picture book. 4-8)"
PLB 0-06-027611-8 In this entry in the MathStart series, Murphy (Lemonade For Sale, p. 1711, etc.) uses an engaging tale about an amateur dog show to present the concept of ordinal numbers and how they are an integral part of daily life. Read full book review >

SOUNDS ALL AROUND by Wendy Pfeffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 1999

"Still, with its suggestions for activities and clear language, it's a welcome addition to the series. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
PLB 0-06-027712-2 This appealing Stage 1 title in the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science series provides a simple explanation of sounds and hearing. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU, BLUE KANGAROO! by Emma Chichester Clark
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 12, 1999

"Young readers will enjoy debating the source of Lily's actions—to outdo the baby, or to remind them all that she loves Blue Kangaroo first, and best. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Blue Kangaroo is Lily's favorite stuffed animal. Read full book review >
I LOVE TO CUDDLE by Carol Norac
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 12, 1999

"This is cute though not very cuddly (unless it's shared in a parent's lap); still, the artwork is loosely atmospheric and the reluctant heroine is full of pluck. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Norac and Dubois administer a tablespoon of sugar, straight up, in this return of Lola the hamster (I Love You So Much, 1997). Read full book review >
AGAPANTHUS HUM AND THE EYEGLASSES by Joy Cowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"This story is just like Agapanthus, full of beans, song, and heart; she's so disarming in both text and Plecas's comic illustrations that readers will hope for an encore. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Agapanthus Hum is always in motion, a packet of energy who also happens to wear glasses, which cause her no end of trouble. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Hopkinson (Birdie's Lighthouse, 1997, etc.) frames her moving, inspirational account as a modern family story shared by Sheppard's descendants one of whom is a librarian at Fisk today. (Picture book. 6-8)"
PLB 0-688-10259-X Taking a big step up from its glamorous, superficial predecessor, African Beginnings (p. 111), this volume looks at the history of slavery in Europe and Africa, plus the growth and decline of the New World slave trade, with a narrative that is closely based on contemporary accounts and full-color and black-and-white illustrations from a variety of sources. Read full book review >
MARC CHAGALL by Brigitta Höpler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"The book's creative design makes this highly appropriate for use in art-appreciation lessons at the elementary level. (Biography. 8-11)"
Playfully arranged multicolored text complements the artwork in this short but enticing introduction to Chagall's work. Read full book review >
VERY BEST (ALMOST) FRIENDS by Paul B. Janeczko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Davenier's delightful watercolor characters have all the verve of Quentin Blake's work, fitting the many moods of the poems that whisper, stalk, tumble, contemplate, and joke through these pages. (Poetry. 8-12)"
This great anthology focuses on all types friendship—from pets to rivals to soulmates. 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 >