BIRDSONG by Audrey Wood
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The juxtaposition of these borders and extremely realistic paintings of the birds can be startling, but appealing. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wood (The Bunyans, 1996, etc.) covers 14 birds from North America in their natural habitat in this sumptuously illustrated, visually busy picture book. Read full book review >
THE STRAIGHT LINE WONDER by Mem Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Let readers decide. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The illustrator of Daniil Kharrm's First, Second (1996) rises ingeniously to the challenge of a story Fox (Feathers and Fools, 1996, etc.) published in Australia ten years ago. Read full book review >

DINORELLA by Pamela Duncan Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Cole dazzles in this dumbed-down classic, which goes from hilarious to tedious in very short order. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A one-note Cinderella—composed in the key of D—from Edwards, a devotee of alliteration (Some Smug Slug, also illustrated by Cole, 1996, etc.) who spins a dervish of D-words featuring dinosaurs in this fractured fairy tale and starring Dinorella and her stepsisters, Doris and Dora. Read full book review >
TIME TO SLEEP by Denise Fleming
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A perfect fit for the audience. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A well-wrought bedtime book from Fleming (Where Once There Was a Wood, 1996, etc.), who sends little ones cheerfully off to their dreams. Read full book review >
TO CAPTURE THE WIND by Sheila MacGill-Callahan
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Oonagh's swagger and riddle-answering will appeal to young readers, even if the motives behind all the heroism isn't particularly germane to most in the picture-book set. (Picture book. 4-8)"
MacGill-Callahan (When Solomon Was King, 1995, etc.) explores the Celtic world in this story starring an ingenious Irish maiden, Oonagh, who answers a pirate king's riddles to win back her betrothed, an expert weaver named Conal. Read full book review >

MY LIFE WITH THE WAVE by Octavio Paz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Beyond the subtext, the story is full of drama; its fresh subject and boisterous improbabilities beckon. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An outlandish and original tale by Paz (for adults, In Light of India, 1997, etc.) is cut and pressed into the picture-book format, for which Buehner provides wild images and, with Cowan, a humorous ending. Read full book review >
MEREDITH, THE WITCH WHO WASN'T by Dorothea Lachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a point delivered with a light touch, ably crafted and colored in Unzner's exuberant paintings. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Meredith is a witch, but she avoids the usual witchy trappings and doesn't really like magic, so her spells suffer. Read full book review >
MILO AND THE MAGICAL STONES by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Pfister's message—about making wise ecological choices—home. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pfister (Hopper's Treetop Adventure, p. 226, etc.) begins this book with his trademark fly-in-the-ointment approach: A happy bunch of cherubic cliff mice inhabit an idyllic island, where all is wonderful until winter forces the mice into dank, dark caves. Read full book review >
VELCOME by Kevin O'Malley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Typeface mania, dialogue balloons, and droll commentary by a dog do not alter the book's low origins and utter lack of originality. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A comic book in picture-book clothing, more akin to MAD magazine than to anything by Sendak, Macaulay, Van Allsburg, or other practicioners of the form. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

An entry in The New Explorers books, adapted from the PBS series of the same name. Read full book review >
MAILING MAY by Michael O. Tunnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

Based on a true story is this old-fashioned account from Tunnell (with George W. Chilcoat, The Children of Topaz, 1996, etc.), about five-year-old May's railroad journey via parcel post across the rugged Idaho mountains to visit her grandmother. Read full book review >
ON GRANDPA'S FARM by Vivian Sathre
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Her illustrations charm readers with clear color sense and composition. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A quiet paean to the eternal rhythms of country life, from Sathre (Leroy Potts Meets the McCrooks, p. 468, etc.). ``Roosters crow. 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 >