OUT OF THE BLUE by Hiawyn Oram
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 1993

"An inviting book, with enough comical surprises, satirical insights, and flashes of lyricism to keep readers reading. (Poetry/Picture book. 5-10)"
From red to violet, with the usual extras, Oram comes up with a dozen or so poems for each hue, grouped across several spreads with McKee's lively illustrations featuring appropriate colors and cleverly incorporating characters and text. Read full book review >
A CREEPY CRAWLY SONG BOOK by Hiawyn Oram
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

"It would be fun to package this with Fleischman's Joyful Noise (1988) and Osborne's Spider Kane mysteries (p. 667) for kids who've outgrown Eric Carle's creepy-crawlies. (Song book. 8-12)"
Verbal, musical, and visual wit: 17 songs, with simple piano accompaniments, about centipedes, head lice, snails, and more. Read full book review >

DINNER AT AUNT CONNIE'S HOUSE by Faith Ringgold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

A history lesson introducing 12 notable African-American women (Rosa Parks, Mary McLeod Bethune, Zora Neale Hurston, et al.) in the guise of a story about a special family dinner: 12 portraits in the hostess's attic come magically to life and speak to the nine- year-old narrator. Read full book review >
HE'S YOUR DOG! by Pat  Schories
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

"The author's colorful, realistic illustrations make a fine complement. (Picture book. 4-8)"
After his pup chews his mother's shoe and she threatens, ``If you can't train him better, we're getting rid of him,'' a boy imagines where he and the dog could go—the beach (``no place to sleep''), an all-night truck stop (``what if they don't allow dogs?''), the loft in a friend's garage (but the dog can't climb ladders). Read full book review >
THE STRANGE BLUE CREATURE by Paul Borovsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

"Not essential, but both the innocently voracious creature and the outcome have appeal. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Strange, indeed, this bulbous, pink-tongued extraterrestrial with a pointy mouthful of alligator teeth, who romps around from palace to schoolyard devouring crayons—``Even the broken ones.'' The princess sends soldiers after him—to no avail—but once she shows him what crayons are for, the problem is solved. Read full book review >

THE LIFE OF DANIEL HALE WILLIAMS by Judith Kaye
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"B&w photos; index. (Biography. 8-12)"
In the Pioneers in Health and Medicine series, a useful replacement for Lillie Patterson's Sure Hands, Strong Heart (1981) and other out-of-print biographies that Kaye lists ``For Further Reading.'' Credited with the first successful heart operation (in 1893; the patient lived another 50 years), the African-American surgeon (1856-1931) was also a gifted teacher, founder of Chicago's Provident Hospital (open to all), and an important force in opening the medical profession to black nurses and physicians. Read full book review >
THE REINDEER CHRISTMAS by Moe Price
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A satisfyingly large, handsome addition to the Christmas shelf. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A charming story explaining how Santa got his sleigh (his elves made it when delivering presents on foot became overwhelming) and why reindeer pull it (because Santa once used his sleigh to rescue an injured reindeer), graced by both pathos and humor (a succession of unsuitable animals apply for the job of sleigh- pulling: e.g., an elephant—too heavy; a team of huskies—afraid of heights). Read full book review >
THOMAS THE CIRCUS BOY by David Merveille
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"The resolution is trite, but Merveille's swooping broad lines and subtle modeling of bright, childlike colors will be appreciated by adults for its handsome graphic qualities, as well as by children responding to the simple story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
From the Belgian illustrator of Zidrou's Ms. Blanche, the Spotless Cow (p. 466): a story about an acrobat's son who yearns to become part of the circus where he's growing up but who is impossibly clumsy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"B&w photos; source list; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A workmanlike survey of the civil-rights movement, focusing on the experiences of several individuals who were children or teenagers at the time: participants in sit-ins (Harvey Gantt, later mayor of Charlotte and a North Carolina senatorial candidate); one of the ``Little Rock Nine''; Claudette Colvin, predecessor to Rosa Parks; freedom riders; a student in the Brown v. Read full book review >
SOMETHING FROM NOTHING by Phoebe Gilman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Nice. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-11)"
When Joseph is born, his grandfather fashions a beautiful blue blanket embroidered with stars. Read full book review >
THE PATTACONK BROOK by James Stevenson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Slight, but sweet; fans of Stevenson's art won't be disappointed. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Shoehorned, with uneven grace, into an insistent dactylic tetrameter that mimics a burbling brook (``A branch floating by might be jumped on and ridden./One might ride over waterfalls down to the sea''), here is the saga of Sidney—a frog, first seen recording the Pattaconk's voice in his notebook—and his friend Sherry, a snail (``I'm a listener, not a speller''). Read full book review >
WRAPPED IN A RIDDLE by Sharon E. Heisel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Readers will enjoy the riddles throughout; they may also find themselves suddenly interested in reading Mark Twain. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A jim-dandy of a mystery. 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 >