THE GREAT KETTLES by Dean Morrissey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Readers are likely to ignore the unexceptional plot and characters to pore over the pictures, which are executed with dazzling virtuosity. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Having met the Sandman himself in Ship of Dreams (1994), Joey falls in with a larger cast of elementals, including Father Time and Mother Nature. Read full book review >
TEA PARTY FOR TWO by Michelle Poploff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The emphasis on the friendship is the book's strongest quality, with genial illustrations that will soothe those who like their tea parties simple and sweet. (Fiction. 6-9)"
In this entry in the First Choice Chapter Book series, Poploff (Busy O'Brien and the Caterpillar Punch Bunch, 1992, etc.) divides an easy-to-read story into several scenes about Amy and Kim, who are enjoying a tea party. Read full book review >

THE MAGIC STOPWATCH by Heather Maisner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Great Uncle Olympus, the book's guide, mentions he has misplaced in the gaming venues; for more patient observers, the book offers a fairly painless way of digesting a great deal of sports information. (Picture book. 8- 11)"
Inevitable comparisons will be drawn between this effort and the Waldo books: They share the same swarming scenes, the search for the hidden elements within the flurry, and similar artwork. Read full book review >
I HAVE A DREAM by Jr. King
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Adults who heard the speech will experience it anew; children who didn't will be able to place the words in a historical framework. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
A handsome edition in which 15 illustrators, Coretta Scott King's foreword, and an appended two-page biography of Martin Luther King Jr. create a unique context for his famous speech of 1963. Read full book review >
SAY HOLA TO SPANISH, OTRA VEZ (AGAIN!) by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"And if the words have verve, the art fairly dances off the page. (glossary) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Another bright-eyed dose of Spanish vocabulary from Elya (Say Hola to Spanish, 1996). Read full book review >

CONDOR MAGIC by Lyn Littlefield Hoopes
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Semi-impressionistic oil paintings emphasize mood over subject; the magic of the condor's life suggested by the title is lost in the poetic approach. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Inflated poetry offers details about the California condor, a soaring bird who flew the skies 40,000 years ago, picking at the bones and carcasses of woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. Read full book review >
ALBERT GOES TO TOWN by Jennifer Jordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"McNeill's illustrations, with a retro look and sparkling with color, are ideal. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Albert takes a mystery tour of his neighbor's backyard in this salute to the workings of imagination. Read full book review >
RAINFORESTS by Jane Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A cluttered text in tiny type and minute photographs and drawings finish off this unfortunate hodge-podge. (map, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
The rainforest is overrun by gimmicky tabs, flaps, and clear plastic overlays in glossy spiral-bound entry in the Explorers Plus series. Read full book review >
ZAK by Jane Lidz
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"He'll be a winner with dog-lovers. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Zak is a dog of uncertain lineage, wire-coated and curly- tailed, with floppy ears. Read full book review >
WHAT'S THE TIME? by Anne Leblanc
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The text is merry and bright (if forgettable); Benjamin is a master of making eye contact with readers, but the real draw is the bold-faced, old-fashioned clock, to be toyed with by children of the digital age. (Board book. 3-7)"
A clock with movable hands perched above the pages of this board book allows toddlers the opportunity to mark the passage of time as Benjamin the bear goes through his day. Read full book review >
IMAGINARY MENAGERIE by Layne Longfellow
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

Longfellow's confection is a busy child's delight: The creatures in the imaginary menagerie are slowly revealed, first in peeks through square die-cut holes, then in full-page portraits, and finally in fold-out spreads that deliver the punch lines. Read full book review >
GRANDPA'S AMAZING COMPUTER by Ursel Scheffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The watercolors capably portray the home, train trip, and countryside, and details of a little dog's antics add humor to many scenes. (Fiction. 6-11)"
In this easy-to-read Swiss import, a boy visits his grandfather and they have a chat about computers, but that's not all that happens in tale that succeeds on several levels. 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 >