GRETCHEN GROUNDHOG, IT'S YOUR DAY! by Abby Levine
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Simple and sweet. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A good choice for curriculum-boosting an underrated holiday. Read full book review >
JUST LIKE FLOSS by Kim Lewis
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Setting her story against a wintry backdrop, Lewis captures the spirit of puppies and their young caretakers at play. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The natural instincts of a border collie pup are at work in this gratifying sequel (Floss, 1992) that plays to the heart. Read full book review >

THE MAGIC POCKET by Michio Mado
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Both Japanese and English versions of the poems appear. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
The Magic Pocket (32 pp.; $16.00; Nov. 1; 0-689-82137-9): Mado's second collection of poetry (The Animals, 1992) reflects with quiet intimacy children's relationship with the natural world, with lithe phrasing that is exquisitely pared down and precise. Read full book review >
KITAQ GOES ICE FISHING by Margaret Nicolai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The look of the short day in the long polar winter comes through, as well as the affection among Kitaq's family members. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A descriptive narrative of a young Yup'ik boy's initiation rite—ice fishing with his grandfather for the first time. Read full book review >
AVALANCHE by Michael J. Rosen
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The nub of this lunacy is that the alphabet still has 26 letters; no matter what words they form, they carry their own specific gravity, a constant in all the delightful flux. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Butler's cartoony collage artwork makes a highly appropriate match for Rosen's avalanche of ABCs. Read full book review >

THE WAITING PLACE by Marc Sutherland
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A jubilant debut, half-mad and wholly invigorating. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Outrageous adventures take place at the foot of the bed when a bout of insomnia allows a child's imagination to take flight. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Numerous black-and-white prints and photographs provide further realism. (notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An entertaining history of brave souls who sought to conquer the north pole via air travel. Read full book review >
THE BLIND FAIRY by Brigitte Schär
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"There isn't enough fancy to make this a fairy tale, nor is there enough flesh on the story to lift the characters beyond mere symbols. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A formulaic story of good against evil gets a surrealistic lift from the Dal°-esque artwork of Gukova. Read full book review >
SEÑOR MUNDO AND ME by Kim Summers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The book never achieves magic, but offers some satisfying glimpses of real adventure. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Loosely arranged around a birthday celebration, this meandering tale never finds its focus. Read full book review >
ANIMALS EAT THE WEIRDEST THINGS by Diane Swanson
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The author's meticulous research is evident here; despite the poor layout and arrangement of text, children will 'eat up' the gross-me-out notions and digest good scientific information. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A people's-eye-view of the strange and unusual eating habits found in the animal kingdom; children will be drawn to the disgusting realm of meals made of spit, vomit, cigarettes, skin, and dandruff, just to name of few. Read full book review >
A COBTOWN CHRISTMAS by Julia Van Nutt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A generous slice of Americana. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A nostalgic look at an time gone by, this winsome Christmas tale is suffused with warmth and glad tidings. Read full book review >
OUR NEW BABY by Jen Green
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The drawback is the inept design of the book, with cut-out photographs of the children pasted onto pages of cartoons and text. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This entry in the How Do I Feel About series is a delightfully frank exploration of sibling sentiment when a baby joins (or is about to join) the household. 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 >