YAYOI KUSAMA by Sarah Suzuki
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Works for young readers on contemporary non-Western artists are rare, and this visually striking and clearly written, if limited, contribution makes a complex artist's work accessible and appealing. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, known particularly for her innovative use of mirrors and dots, is the subject of this picture-book biography that effectively captures the essence of her work. Read full book review >
THE CREATURE by Helen Bate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Curious and curiouser—and altogether a pleasure to experience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fuchsia-colored whatsit arrives to stay a year. Read full book review >

WHAT EATS THAT? by Ryan Jacobson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Pretty pictures, but they are forcibly joined to a labored description of this fundamental eco-concept. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
An introduction to how a food chain works, from a flower's nectar to a fish sandwich. Read full book review >
THE WINTER FOX by Timothy Knapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Though it lacks the brevity of Aesop, this lightly Christmas-y twist has some charm. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fox plays all summer long and doesn't take care to prepare for winter. Read full book review >
WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT by Bear Hunt Films Ltd.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Budding naturalists may find parts of this inspirational as well as instructive, though most digestible in small doses. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
A handbook for children inspired to take nature walks of their own by the classic picture book and its 2016 TV adaptation. Read full book review >

THE KIDS' FAMILY TREE BOOK by Caroline Leavitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A good if limited starting guide. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Author Leavitt presents all the components of doing research into family history with easy-to-follow directions for a successful project. Read full book review >
LEON THE RACCOON EXPLORES THE ARCTIC by Lucie Papineau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Explore elsewhere for a more satisfying read. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Leon the Raccoon wishes he could follow the snow geese north to the Arctic, prompting the first of many convenient plot turns in this translated picture book, originally published in French. Read full book review >
MYSTERY OF THE BEAR CUB by Tamra Wight
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Inaccurate title aside, this is good-old fashioned summer fun with a mystery at the center. (Mystery. 8-12)"
It's summer before eighth grade, and Cooper Wilder is looking forward to fishing, camping, and kayaking with his summer pals Packrat and Roy. Read full book review >
GIANT PANTS by Mark Fearing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A scenery-chewing performance will be a hit at giant- and underwear-themed storytimes and anywhere fine undies are appreciated. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Belbum's pants are missing, and that's a giant problem! Read full book review >
THE WEDDING PORTRAIT by Innosanto Nagara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Young readers need the lessons offered here, but this poorly written attempt is more likely to confuse and bore than inspire. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Nagara's newest activist story (Counting on Community, 2016, etc.) uses the author's wedding portrait to introduce civil disobedience. Read full book review >
WHY, FLY GUY? by Tedd Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Cogent answerzz to a range of common puzzzlers. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Fly Guy and his human best bud, Buzz, present answers to over 50 science questions, including "Why are wheels round?" and "Why do my feet smell?" Read full book review >
WILLIAM'S WINTER NAP by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A simpler alternative to Brian Patten and Nicola Bayley's The Big Snuggle-Up (2011) for the youngest of listeners and bed-sharers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
William's bed is a perfect haven from the winter snow; the forest denizens think so too. 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 >