THE BIG BROWN BOX by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Would that all such tempests would end so amicably. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Russo (Mama Who Talks Too Much, 1999, etc) draws from family experience again for this domestic contretemps. Read full book review >
ROUGHING IT ON THE OREGON TRAIL by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Young readers who have discovered The Magic School Bus will relish this adventure of 'The Time-Traveling Twins,' and look forward to further adventures. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Mom and Dad are off to Paris, but Grandma has a better trip in mind for Liz and Lenny. Read full book review >

CINDY ELLEN by Susan Lowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Bright, stylish, and with a boosterish concluding note on women in rodeo. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-9)"
From the author of The Bootmaker and the Elves (1997), another ripsnortin' Western take on a traditional fairy tale. Read full book review >
A PIE WENT BY by Carolyn Dunn
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2000

"Diet-killing recipe included. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Rich in alliteration and internal rhyme, Dunn's debut makes a surefire read-aloud for cumulative tale lovers. Read full book review >
MEDUSA by Deborah Nourse Lattimore
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Though the tale is fleshed out with the first part of the story of Perseus, the 'hero' comes off as barely more than an instrument of divine will here; expand standard versions of the myth, such as Warwick Hutton's Perseus (1993), with this female-centered take. (Picture book/folk tale. 8-10)"
Lattimore (Cinderhazel, 1997, etc) presents the Medusa legend as an elaborate curse orchestrated start to finish by a savagely jealous goddess. Read full book review >

HURRY! by Jesse Haas
by Jesse Haas, illustrated by Jos. A. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2000

"A satisfying, lyrical story of rural life, handsomely illustrated with watercolor paints, colored pencil, and watercolor pencils. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Hurry! Hurry!" Read full book review >
AND THE COW SAID MOO! by Mildred Phillips
ANIMALS
Released: May 3, 2000

"A boisterous tale featuring some preschool favorites that will have most read-aloud sessions sounding like a bustling farm. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a rollicking barnyard tale designed to create noise, an inquisitive bovine wants to know why the other farm animals don't moo. Read full book review >
BRAVE POTATOES by Toby Speed
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"Any way you slice it, this tuberous triumph will have readers rolling in the aisles. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Speed and Root (Two Cool Cows, 1995) pit a platoon of feisty prize spuds against grimacing chef Hackemup in this gleeful culinary contretemps. Read full book review >
FROGGY GOES TO BED by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2000

"It's a jolly take on a theme as evergreen as the characters, though unlike Peggy Rathmann's 10 Minutes Till Bedtime (1998), it may give Froggy's younger fans some new bedtime maneuvers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The effervescent Froggy is up to usual tricks in his eighth appearance (Froggy Plays Soccer, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
ROSA GOES TO DAYCARE by Barbro Lindgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"Best for established fans. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The Swedish duo that produced the popular Sam books team up for their third book featuring the mischievous and appealing bullterrier Rosa (Rosa Moves to Town, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
MAMA ELIZABETI by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"After supper, as Mama cradles Flora, Elizabeti rocks Obedi to sleep in her arms—a peaceful end to a trying, important day in her life. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Lightning doesn't strike twice, but this sweet sequel to the wonderful, award-winning Elizabeti's Doll (1998) will hit a chord in any child who has had to care for a younger sibling. Read full book review >
FIONA'S PRIVATE PAGES by Robin Cruise
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"So will kids. (Fiction. 8-12)"
If readers haven't yet met the main character, they'll clamor for Cruise's first novel about her after reading this engaging book, written in journal-entry style. 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 >