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 >
BEEZY by Megan McDonald
by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Nancy Poydar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"While readers never learn if Sarafina has a tattoo, this book is a breezy, pleasing read. (Fiction. 6-8)"
A new chapter-book heroine emerges in a set of three easy stories: Beezy has fun during a hurricane with her grandmother and friends; gains a pet by taking care of a stray dog; and gets to know a vivacious new neighborSarafina Zippy, who is rumored to be tattooed and from the circus. Read full book review >
THE GOOSE THAT ALMOST GOT COOKED by Marc Simont
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

Emily the Canadian goose dares to be different—she is constantly breaking flight formation with fanciful flips and loop-the-loops. Read full book review >
OUR OLD HOUSE by Susan Vizurraga
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a quiet reverie—perhaps too quiet for most children—and it's certainly pretty to look at. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In Vizurraga's debut, an old Victorian house gives up its secrets slowly, and glimpses from the past are signposts amidst the tangle of renovation and remodeling in the rooms and yard where a young girl imagines former inhabitants. Read full book review >
A YEAR FOR KIKO by Ferida Wolff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It lends a lush quality to the landscapes, and although Kiko is less gracefully depicted, her postures and gestures keep pace with the quiet exuberance of the text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Wolff (A Weed Is a Seed, 1996, etc.) takes readers through the calendar with a month-by-month list of a small girl's solitary outdoor activities during the year. Read full book review >
BUNNY MONEY by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Either way, the book is a great adjunct to primary-grade math lessons. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the siblings' latest adventure, their grandmother is having a birthday (again! see Bunny Cakes, p. 67), so Ruby takes Max shopping. Read full book review >
THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY by Simms Taback
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

A die-cut hole approach to an old favorite that offers a view of the old lady's stomach and its expanding bestiary. 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 >