CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A minor effort. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A lighthearted look at two children trying to mend their broken family. Read full book review >
COAL MINE PEACHES by Michelle Dionetti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A nostalgic slice of social history as represented by one hard-working Italian-American family, handsomely illustrated in sweeping impressionistic watercolors. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl reminisces about the family history her grandfather has described to her, tying the narrative together with the poetically named plums he used to joke about with his brothers when they worked as boys in a mine—a story he makes so vivid that his granddaughter is prepared to believe it two generations later. Read full book review >

DIAL-A-CROC by Mike Dumbleton
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Good fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An imaginative, disarming first book: Vanessa has a unique money-making scheme. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Unusually beautiful, finely detailed illustrations; handsome and informative. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
The team that collaborated on Great Northern Diver: The Loon (1990) returns with an even more detailed and better-balanced portrait. Read full book review >
HE WAKES ME by Betsy James
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A joyful, perceptively observed vignette. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a poetic text resembling a series of haiku, the particular habits and grace of one slim, independent but affectionate cat are vividly evoked (``He goes under. Read full book review >

NOT THE PIANO, MRS. MEDLEY! by Evan Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Schindler deftly extends the humor with his overdressed, irrepressible Mrs. Medley and long-suffering Max. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Levine's first book is a tall tale with a role reversal guaranteed to amuse: Max's grandma, Mrs. Medley, takes half the day to get to the beach—she keeps going home for more stuff. Read full book review >
SOMETHING NASTY IN THE CABBAGES by Diz Wallis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

A retelling of ``Chantecler and the Fox,'' not based on Chaucer but on a similar 12th-century French version of the tale about a vain cock who, caught by a trickster fox, escapes by tricking the fox in turn. Read full book review >
THE CHASE by Beatrice Tanaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Simple, comical, satisfying. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Via a French adaptation, an amusing cumulative tale from the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >
ONE OF THREE by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"(Picture book. 3-8)"
``I'm one of the three that looks just like our mama, smiles just like our daddy, and holds hands with my sisters....'' In another warm evocation of a loving black family, the author of Tell Me a Story, Mama (1989) depicts a little girl whose older sisters often include her—but not always; then it can be ``just Mama, Daddy, and me, it's a different kind of three, and that's fine too....'' Soman's watercolors glow with good humor and affection. Read full book review >
JEREMY'S TAIL by Duncan Ball
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"The sly interplay between the text, which reports only what the oblivious, vulnerable-looking Jeremy can sense without seeing, and the wild pictured adventures should keep young audiences giggling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an outrageously tall tale, blindfolded Jeremy is determined to pin the tail on a donkey—and not to peek. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS ALWAYS... by Peter Catalanotto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"This slight but amusing notion for a story is illustrated with virtuosity and imagination: dramatic perspectives and a skillfully controlled glow lend their magic to the mythical characters, while crimson-garbed Katie is a vibrant charmer. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Just as the Sandman is coming on Christmas Eve, Katie loses a tooth; before Santa arrives, she's also visited by Jack Frost and the Tooth Fairy. Read full book review >
WILLY AND HUGH by Anthony Browne
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A treat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The appealing Willy the Wimp (1984) is back, still a left- out little chimp in a world of sturdy gorillas—at least until he literally runs into huge Hugh. 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 >