ANIMAL DREAMING by Paul Morin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Morin's bold paintings reflect Aboriginal rock art, the images of the traditional Dreamtime, and vividly realistic portraits of the boy and his elder. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Within this beautifully illustrated book is the story of the Dreamtime of the Australian Aboriginal people—how the animals of long ago created a world in which they all lived in peace and harmony. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Some concerns about the environment and sensitivity toward the elephants are mentioned; full-color photographs record dramatic events and minor ones in this unique partnership. (map) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
paper 0-15-201290-7 "La," "Yah," and "Haw" are not the gurglings of an infant but a string of commands that a timber elephant must learn in the southeastern Asian forest of Myanmar, formerly Burma. Read full book review >

A BAD CASE OF STRIPES by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Shannon's story is a good poke in the eye of conformity—imaginative, vibrant, and at times good and spooky—and his emphatic, vivid artwork keeps perfect pace with the tale. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Camilla Cream wants to fit in, so she conforms, denying herself the things she craves—lima beans, for example—if the other kids frown upon them. Read full book review >
BOOM TOWN by Sonia Levitin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Levitin and Smith provide a grand look at the hows and whys behind a town's growth; of course it didn't happen exactly this way—but it might have. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The companion to the credibility-straining Nine for California (1996), this is a deeply satisfying story starring a resourceful heroine whose real-life counterpart is mentioned in a tiny historical footnote. Read full book review >
PAINTERS OF THE CAVES by Patricia Lauber
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"But the real selling point here is no mystery: Excellent full-color photographs, cartography, and illustrations deliver the energy and excitement missing from the text. (appendix, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
From Lauber (Flood, 1996, etc.), an introduction to cave painting that is sturdy and thorough, but oddly workmanlike, never betraying a real sense of awe for the mysterious artwork adorning the cave walls at such locales as Lascaux, Chauvet, and Trois- Fräres. Read full book review >

THE SECRET OF PLATFORM 13 by Eva Ibbotson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"With scrawled, comic black- and-white drawings by Porter, it's not exactly Roald Dahl, but Ibbotson is at least a distant cousin. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Old magic breaks loose in modern London to rescue a kidnapped prince in this droll, if formulaic, farce from Ibbotson. Read full book review >
A PERFECT PORK STEW by Paul Brett Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Johnson's tale entertains, while his fuzzy pastel drawings keep the wart-nosed witch from being too scary, and place the story in a Russia of onion-dome churches and countryside dachas. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Johnson (Farmers' Market, 1997, etc.) concocts his own silly story from the elements of Russian folktales. Read full book review >
REMARKABLE ANIMALS by Tony Meeuwissen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Meeuwissen has drawn the animals in a jaunty palette of inviting chrome-bright colors, and the book's stout construction will withstand flip after flip. (Picture book. 4-9)"
This clever and amusing book divides every page into three independently flippable segments. Read full book review >
THE SAILOR'S ALPHABET by Michael McCurdy
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The sailors in water-blue uniforms are young and rosy, or old and grizzled, and word-buffs and nautical enthusiasts will find plenty to pore over—halyards and lanyards, jibs and vangs. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Some time in the 19th century, a sailor created this sea chantey, a rhythmic song to keep him and his mates working in tandem to keep a ship afloat. Read full book review >
FARMER ENNO AND HIS COW by Jens Rassmus
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The plot is not as fluid, but underlying it is poetry enough to keep the entire story afloat. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Every time Farmer Enno falls asleep, he dreams of sailing, and upon awakening, discovers a boat memento of his dream left behind. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"This book takes armchair adventurers and archaeological enthusiasts not only to the excavation, but back through Peruvian history. (chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Readers will be drawn to the story of the 1995 discovery of a female mummy of a girl who was only 14 when she died (probably in a sacrifice). Read full book review >
FOSTER'S WAR by Carolyn Reeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"By story's end, all of them have taken the first tentative steps toward reconciliation, a moving and believable conclusion to a story of a family in conflict. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A vivid and compelling piece of historical fiction that also serves as a telling commentary on the effects an abusive parent has on his family. 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 >