THE RUNAWAY RICE CAKE by Ying Chang Compestine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Concluding pages contain a note about celebrating the Chinese New Year and recipes for baked and steamed nián-gão. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Elements of "The Gingerbread Boy" and a reward-for-good-deed-rendered motif are combined in this original, upbeat Chinese New Year tale. Read full book review >
UNLOVABLE by Dan Yaccarino
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A cozy, if routine, confidence-builder. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The pug staring up mournfully from the cover looks and is anything but unlovable, as Yaccarino (New Pet, p. 1304, etc.) demonstrates in this unvarnished friendship story. Read full book review >

AGAPANTHUS HUM AND MAJOR BARK by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"This sparkling addition to the adventures of Agapanthus gently reminds us all that it's more than okay to be different: it's cause for celebration. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Cowley's (Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses, 1999) spunky, bespectacled heroine acquires a pet as unabashedly unique as she is when a trip to the local shelter results not in the intended cat, but a dog. Read full book review >
CAR WASH by Sandra Steen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Terrific for group read-aloud sessions, the Steens' rollicking tale gives little listeners an edge-of-their-seats adventure and they'll be begging to peer through the 'porthole' of the car, too. (Picture book. 2-6)"
With a sprinkling of imagination, a trip to the car wash becomes an expedition to the farthest depths of the sea. Read full book review >
FREEDOM SUMMER by Deborah Wiles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Vibrant full-page paintings by talented French-born artist Lagarrigue capture both the palpable heat of southern summer days and the warmth of the boys' friendship. (Picture book. 6-12)"
Wiles draws on memories of her childhood summers in Mississippi in her first picture book, a slice-of-life story about Joe, a Caucasian boy, and his best friend, John Henry, an African-American boy whose mother works as a housekeeper for Joe's family. Read full book review >

1, 2, 3, GO! by Huy Voun Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Hand this beautifully designed book to a child (or teacher) in time for the Chinese New Year. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Lee (In the Park, 1998, etc.) continues her successful series on beginning Chinese characters with a fourth volume, this time a counting book with children's movements (of hands or feet) providing the action. Read full book review >
EMMA’S YUCKY BROTHER by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A first choice for most libraries and an excellent book to recommend to families with adopted or foster children. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
The very best easy readers also succeed as picture books or read-alone fiction that a child would choose to read as an entertaining story rather than an educational exercise. Read full book review >
BISCUIT WANTS TO PLAY by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Traditional and sweet, just like homemade buttermilk biscuits with honey. (Easy reader. 4-7)"
Golden-brown puppy Biscuit seems to have arrived at superstar status: a stack of related easy-reader titles about the puppy's activities and holidays, four more titles for spring 2001, and over a million Biscuit books in print. Read full book review >
BOBO CRAZY by Marilyn Sadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"No rocket fuel required for this lighter-than-air vehicle. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Introduced originally in a 1996 picture book, then a made-for-TV movie, space-station-dwelling preteen Zenon Kar kicks off her chapter-book series with a slangy girl-meets-robodog tale. Read full book review >
A PIECE OF HEAVEN by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

A spirited African-American girl finds refuge from the chaos of her life in her summer job cleaning out the cluttered backyard of a singing teacher. Read full book review >
SLEEPY PENDOODLE by Malachy Doyle
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Parents will be irresistibly tempted to share this with their own Peepy Splendiddles—er, Penduddles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Chock full of warm sentiment and playful language, this charmer will draw smiles from even the most stonehearted. Read full book review >
ANNIE AND BO AND THE BIG SURPRISE by Elizabeth Partridge
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"It's fun having friends no matter what the circumstances, and part of that fun could be reading this together, with its voice parts—veritable bursts of prose—for an amiable duet. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Partridge's (Oranges on Golden Mountain, p. 56, etc.) story is sweet and gentle and, if it is not highly (or even remotely) original, it will give beginning readers some fast-clipping exercise. 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 >