THE MYSTERY OF UFOS by Judith Herbst
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

A mesmerizing picture book of flying saucer lore as enticing as a book of ghost stories. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Bubba and babe, hair as big as a Texas sun, ride off to a life of happy ranching, and readers will be proud to have been along for the courtship. (Picture book/folklore. 6-8)"
A Cinderella parody features the off-the-wall, whang-dang Texas hyperbole of Ketteman (The Year of No More Corn, 1993, etc.) and the insouciance of Warhola, who proves himself only too capable of creating a fairy godcow; that she's so appealingly whimsical makes it easy to accept the classic tale's inversions. Read full book review >

FROGS by James Martin
by James Martin, photographed by Art Wolfe
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Otherwise, this is a convincing testament to unique creatures and their increasingly threatening environment. (Picture book. 7-10)"
The full-color photographs in this work pay gleaming, glistening homage to the frog, who survived for millions of years after the dinosaurs, only to be endangered by manmade pollutants today. Read full book review >
EVIE TO THE RESCUE! by Hermann Moers
by Hermann Moers, illustrated by Gusti, translated by Marianne Martens
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Gusti makes wonderful use of light and shadow—especially effective touches are Evie's yellow slicker reflected in a puddle, and the long shadow preceding the lion cub into Evie's room. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Moers (Hugo's Baby Brother, 1992, etc.) comes up with an adventure that seems perfectly in line with what children dream up themselves. Read full book review >
UNDERGROUND TRAIN by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Quattlebaum and Smith convey both the strange magic of the subway—drop into the ground in one place, pop up in another—and the sense of urgency that informs the entire underground experience. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Quattlebaum (The Magic Squad and the Dog of Great Potential, 1997, etc.) makes the subway a fairly exciting, thought-provoking place in a story about a girl and her mother traveling via the train to Nana's neighborhood: ``Down, down, down to the underground train, which rushes past like fast water.'' Once aboard, the girl scopes out the other passengers and watches ``the tunnel blurring by like a long, black night.'' The energy of the train is reflected in the bustle above-ground, where Smith shows swarms of tourists visiting the sights while locals go about their business—the elders rush around, youngsters jump rope and barrel down sidewalks on in-line skates. Read full book review >

LITTLE BOBO SAVES THE DAY by Serena Romanelli
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Super,'' is oddly out of step with the forest setting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A violin-playing orangutan stars in this feeble story about courage and fidelity. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A colorful but mixed effort. (glossary) (Picture book. 7-10)"
The layout and bright, clear colors in this import from France are attractive and appealing; the text, however, is less than successful. Read full book review >
OLIVE, THE OTHER REINDEER by J.otto Seibold
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Children will like the sophisticated art, even without a tight storyline. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Instead of the lyric, ``All of the other reindeer,'' Olive the pup hears something else on the radio: ``Olive, the other reindeer.'' She concludes that she is to be Santa's canine helper, so heads up to the North Pole, to join the Christmas Eve flight. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN JONATHAN SAILS THE SEA by Wolfgang Slawski
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"No one would deny Slawski his point—and the charming illustrations compensate mightily—but the long, twisted path to making that point may lose readers along the way. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A shaggy dog tale with a seafaring slant, focusing on the wistful Captain Jonathan, of the tugboat Santa Maria. Read full book review >
THE GHOST IN THE CLASSROOM by Gerda Wagener
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Waas's illustrations are agreeably cartoonish when portraying the ghost in its incarnations; the more realistic scenes are filled with warmth and humor. (Fiction. 7-11)"
From Wagener (A Mouse in the House!, 1995, etc.), a comic and unusual easy-to-read from Switzerland, about a girl who longs for a cat, and the supernatural creature that helps her get her wish. Read full book review >
KEEPERS by Jeri Hanel Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

As in Naturi Thomas's Uh-oh! Read full book review >
MS. SNEED'S GUIDE TO HYGIENE by Dale Gottlieb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"While some spreads are more effective than others, this is an eye-catching approach to a potentially dull topic. (Pop-up. 3-8)"
An off-the-wall approach to hygiene that puts its message across via the funnybone. Ms. Sneed, with turquoise glasses and a wild spout of hair, talks about ordinary topics such as dental care and hair-washing in a snappy, rhythmic vernacular designed to make listeners to sit up and take notice. 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 >