CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The illustrations—delicate, vivacious clusters of pencil-and-watercolor images of people working—generate a light of their own, turning each righthand page into a multi-framed visual telling that enhances the anecdotes and intrigue of the text on the left. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Halperin (When Chicken Grow Teeth, 1996, etc.) offers an ode to young entrepreneurs who happen to be her children, and the involvement of relatives, neighbors, and friends. Read full book review >
THE GO-AWAY DOLL by Carl A. Hammerschlag
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Genial but stiff illustrations in smooth earth tones accompany the story. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The story is secondary to purpose in this entry in a new series, Dr. H Books. Read full book review >

TELLING TIME WITH BIG MAMA CAT by Dan Harper
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Moments of coyness (the book titles in the house: Kitty In the Rye, The Milkman Cometh, etc.) can't mar this project, which includes a fold-out page of a clock with movable hands so readers can keep time with Big Mama's day. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Harper's picture book features a day in the life of burly old Big Mama Cat as she eats, naps, shreds furniture, while an astonishing number of household clocks mark the time. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE DOG PIONEERS by Jo Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Spearing's art recalls the charm of woodcuts, with stylized and tidy landscapes, structures, and people. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Mae Dean is stunned when her father announces that he is moving his family from their home and manicured yard with the tree swing to the Texas Panhandle where they will have their own land and sod hut. Read full book review >
CAT UP A TREE by John Hassett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Children won't be able to resist the temptation to count them, and few will quibble with the notion that when it comes to cat-and-mouse, turnabout is fair play. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The Hassetts (Charles of the Wild, 1997, etc.) skewer unhelpful neighbors and public servants with this pointed and witty picture book. Read full book review >

LUCY DOVE by Janice M. Del Negro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

In an original story with Celtic roots, a superstitious laird believes that "a pair of trousers sewn by the light of the full moon in the graveyard of old St. Read full book review >
THE BEST THING ABOUT A PUPPY by Judy Hindley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The best thing about this book is the way it makes readers smile with every turn of the page. (Picture book. 3-6)"
paper 0-7636-0597-2 Hindley (The Big Red Bus, 1995, etc.) masterfully captures the abundant energy and mischievousness of a puppy as it capers about, to the delight and exasperation of its new owner. Read full book review >
THE SEVEN CHAIRS by Helen Lanteigne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A great book to inspire children to ponder the 'lives' of the objects around them. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ostensibly paying homage to the illustration "The Seven Chairs" from Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984), Lanteigne explores the destiny of the seven chairs a man created during his life. Read full book review >
A PAIR OF RED SNEAKERS by Lisa Lawston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Readers will never look at their footwear in quite the same way. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A distinctly Seussian flavor pervades this rollicking rhymed-prose debut. Read full book review >
MOULDYLOCKS by Bernard Lodge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Lodge's illustrations have the look of woodcuts, with thick lines and evenly applied color; Mouldylocks, curly hair wriggling beneath pointed black hat like spinach linguini, makes an earnest foil for her mercurial friends. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A surprise birthday party for Mouldylocks the young witch deteriorates into amusing, wizardly warfare when her three adult hosts take to cheating at the games. Read full book review >
A TRAVELING CAT by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It's rare to find such a distinctly drawn animal character without a trace of an anthropomorphic trait, but Boulevard is through and through a cat among cats. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Some cats are born to travel, and such a one is Boulevard, who appears at a drive-in one evening, stays with the young narrator and her family for a year, then leaves as the spring floods arrive. Read full book review >
ONE GIANT LEAP by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The story has been told many times, but perhaps never with so much heart and spirit. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
From Brown (Alice Ramsay's Grand Adventure, 1997, etc.), a pithy look at one of the national heroes of the space age. 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 >