MS. SNEED'S GUIDE TO HYGIENE by Dale Gottlieb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"While some spreads are more effective than others, this is an eye-catching approach to a potentially dull topic. (Pop-up. 3-8)"
An off-the-wall approach to hygiene that puts its message across via the funnybone. Ms. Sneed, with turquoise glasses and a wild spout of hair, talks about ordinary topics such as dental care and hair-washing in a snappy, rhythmic vernacular designed to make listeners to sit up and take notice. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC FLUTE by Anne Gatti
adapted by Anne Gatti, illustrated by Peter Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"An audio CD is included (with musical cues in the book); if everything pales before the music, readers will still sense how the opera's magic worked on Gatti and Malone, and gain an entry to the magic themselves. (Picture book. 7-11)"
This retelling of Mozart's wonderful opera works particularly well for two reasons. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Informative notes on each tale are given in the back of the book, interesting to general readers as well as to specialists. (Folklore. 5-11)"
A consummate collection from the team behind When Birds Could Talk and Bats Could Sing (1996), combining witty prose with breathtaking watercolors. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The journey's the thing in this game whose format ensures that there will be no lost pieces. (Picture book. 4-10)"
This interactive book follows the ladders-go-up, snakes-go-down rules of the traditional board game. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Brief biographies of the contributors appear in the back of this inventive, evocative book. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Steptoe (son of the late John Steptoe) creates art for 13 poems that honor fathers, e.g., Sonia Sanchez's ``I have looked into/my father's eyes and seen an/african sunset.'' Among others who have contributed to the volume are Folami Abiade (with the title poem), Lenard D. Moore, Dakari Hru, and Dinah Johnson. Read full book review >

RICHARD WRIGHT AND THE LIBRARY CARD by William Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A challenging endeavor, and an accomplished one. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An episode from the autobiography of Richard Wright is skillfully fictionalized, resulting in a suspenseful and gratifying story about the power of reading. Read full book review >
GRAND CANYON by Linda Vieira
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A good general introduction to the subject. (chart, chronology, index) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The team behind The Ever-Living Tree (1994) takes readers on a simulated five-hour pack-mule trip from rim to floor of the Grand Canyon—through millions of years of geological deposits- -and acquaints them with the ecology of the chasm carved by the Colorado River. Read full book review >
BIG CAT DREAMING by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A dream that fades when the last page is turned, unlikely to be summoned again. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wild (Old Pig, 1996, etc.) spins sugar in this story, further saturated by Spudvilas's oil paintings. Read full book review >
K IS FOR KWANZAA by Juwanda G. Ford
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Other books cover the holiday more thoroughly, but this is certainly a charming and accessible beginning. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Ford uses each letter of the alphabet to illustrate an aspect of Kwanzaa, in a mix of English and non-English words; phonetic pronunciations are provided for non-English words, but not the language or country of origin. Read full book review >
WOODSIE by Bruce Brooks
by Bruce Brooks, illustrated by Erik Butler
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"Wit and intelligence run as undercurrents to the game action, with a surprising ending that will have readers wild for the next installment. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the first book of the promising Wolfbay Wings series, Dixon Woods is new to hockey and new to the Wings, last year's regional champs. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"A section of story notes completes the collection. (Folklore. 6-10)"
Mermaids haunt the waters of the world from the Lake of Zug in Switzerland to the reefs of Hawke Bay on the North Island of New Zealand. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS WE MOVED TO THE BARN by Alexandra Day
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"This is no harsh treatment of homelessness; the whimsical touches include a crescent moon tugged along by two pigs, and a life-size lawn ornament of Santa and the reindeers scooting past, seeming to wave at readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An intriguing vignette preceding the title page displays Taffy MacDonald's much-forwarded letter from a realtor telling her that the house she rents has been sold and she must be out by December 24. 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 >