THE SEALS ON THE BUS by Lenny Hort
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Hop onboard. (Picture book. 5-7)"
With a tiger at the wheel, the big purple bus rolls all over town, picking up a menagerie of passengers from sheep ("BAAAH, BAAAH, BAAAH") to vipers—get it? — ("HISS, HISS, HISS") to skunks ("SSSS, SSSS, SSSS") before disgorging its dismayed human riders ("HELP! Read full book review >
OPENING MOVES by Barry Berg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"An interesting story enhanced by photographs, which will appeal to the chess-playing family. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
The discovery, education, and nurturing of a young chess prodigy are detailed in photojournalistic style. Read full book review >

THE RETURN OF REX AND ETHEL by Arnold Adoff
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"A useful book for when a pet (or a person) dies, especially for those who feel that taking some sort of positive action has a healing effect. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A touching story about two girls, two dogs, and the way in which the girls deal with the deaths of their beloved pets. Read full book review >
TIE YOUR SOCKS AND CLAP YOUR FEET by Lenny Hort
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Incorporating eye-popping magazine photo images, they fairly burst from the pages and never fail to ratchet up the hilarity. (Poetry. 4-8)"
Laugh-out-loud nonsense poetry combine with cutting-edge paper collages for an irresistible picture book. Read full book review >
DRAWING LESSONS FROM A BEAR by David McPhail
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"The low-key but powerful message of personal affirmation that runs throughout is one all parents will welcome and all children appreciate. (Don't miss the drawing lessons on the endpapers, either.) (Picture book. 4-8)"
McPhail, master of bear stories, tells what could be his own in this gentle urging to be true to one's calling. Read full book review >

JUDY MOODY by Megan McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Surefire fare for Cleary, Kline, and Hurwitz fans. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Changeable skies arch over a third-grader's moodscape in this easy-reading chapter book from the versatile McDonald (The Night Iguana Left Home, 1999, etc). Read full book review >
FROGGIE WENT A-COURTING by Marjorie Priceman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"A great read-aloud, a deliciously subversive message. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
It is difficult not to use the word "exuberant" in describing Priceman's lavish hand with shape and color, and here she takes the ancient folk song and places it smack dab in the 21st century. Read full book review >
HENNY-PENNY by Jane Wattenberg
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Sure to evoke lots of giggling at story hour. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
'Tis the season for sassy retellings of classic tales, as in Marjorie Priceman's Froggie Went A-Courting (see above). Read full book review >
EACH LIVING THING by Joanne Ryder
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"An idyllic but responsibly conscious view of nature in a book as rich visually as it is textually spare. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ryder's rhyming call reminds us to be aware of all living things and to treat them with respect and care. Read full book review >
RED RUBBER BOOT DAY by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"This exuberantly glowing book will make readers want to go out and slap in some puddles. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The team that produced the fabulously squishy Mud (1996) has done it again. Read full book review >
LISTEN TO THE CITY by Rachel Isadora
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"City kids will revel, and all kids will delight in the colors, shapes, and sounds of this pulsating tour de force. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Using the Pop Art style she displayed to such terrific effect in ABC Pop! (1999) Isadora makes another vibrant series of images with just enough words to get those toddlers jumping. Read full book review >
THE SOUND THAT JAZZ MAKES by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"There are numerous picture books for young people that cover this territory with more energy and delight; most notably i see the rhythm (1998). (Picture book. 5-8)"
A brief history of African American music told in rhyme and dramatically rendered oils. 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 >