WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY PORRIDGE? by Colin McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Rock-and-roller's quiff!' (index) (Poetry. 5-10)"
This collection of sophomoric verse from McNaughton (Preston's Goal, p. 897, etc.) isn't so much wicked as mean—"He's such a sweet pup,/I could eat him right up—/We'll have him tonight in the stew!"—and not so much playground-subversive as just plain dumb: "If I was a bird,/My wings I would spread,/I'd swoop over you/And plop on your head!" Read full book review >
FIREFIGHTING by Maria Mudd Ruth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The text avoids melodrama, and the photos steer clear of the sensational, but the heroism of firefighters radiates from the page. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
This in-depth look at firefighting will give readers a good sense of all aspects of the job. Read full book review >

LOOK-ALIKES by Joan Steiner
by Joan Steiner, illustrated by Joan Steiner, photographed by Thomas Lindley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A guide in the back details the number of look-alike items (up to 207 in each photographed scene), making this a fun addition to any shelf, and especially where the I Spy books are in demand. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Steiner transports readers to a fantastic city constructed out of everyday household items in this colorful and engaging picture book. Read full book review >
A WORLD OF WORDS by Tobi Tobias
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Book combines quotes about books by Kate Guess, Thomas Jefferson, and M.B. Goffstein with an illustration of a small girl in a bathtub boat; Opal Whiteley's and Seamus Heaney's quotations for Shadow face a rabbit father and child who are making people shadows on the wall. (Picture book. 5-10)"
With great imagination and finesse, Tobias and Malone rework the well-burnished components of an alphabet book and a quotation book into an eclectic whole. Read full book review >
HERE COMES THE TRAIN by Charlotte Voake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Voake (Ginger, 1997, etc.) coaxes wonders from scant text and spare, deft watercolors that detail the pleasures of waiting on a bridge for a train to pass underneath. Read full book review >

PIONEER GIRL by Andrea Warren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"They just did what had to be done.' (index, not seen, b&w photos, further reading) (Biography. 8-12)"
Warren, basing her work on the memoir of Grace McCance Snyder about her pioneer childhood in Nebraska, also tells the riveting story of life on the prairie and the determination of the families who settled there. Read full book review >
MONEYMAKERS by Ingrid Roper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The reader-friendly format, appealing illustrations, and substantial information makes this an outstanding resource. (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
This accessible, educational guide encourages smart skills for smart girls and may be invaluable for entrepreneurs. Read full book review >
MARIANTHE'S STORY by Aliki
by Aliki, illustrated by Aliki
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The storytelling is vivid and exquisitely emotional, making Aliki's story painfully personal, yet resonant, in very few pages. (Picture book. 7-9)"
One picture book tells two stories and two aspects of the immigrant experience from the perspective of a child. Read full book review >
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE by J.K. Rowling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It's slanted toward action-oriented readers, who will find that Briticisms meld with all the other wonders of magic school. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a rousing first novel, already an award-winner in England, Harry is just a baby when his magical parents are done in by Voldemort, a wizard so dastardly other wizards are scared to mention his name. Read full book review >
UNDER THE CAT'S EYE by Gillian Rubinstein
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Rubinstein pushes all the pieces together for a convenient and happy ending, but with some confusion, and without any of her usual wit, excitement, or adventure. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Rubinstein (Foxspell, 1996, etc.) combines shape-shifting aliens with quantum physics in a muddled offering for middle graders. Read full book review >
MINNIE AND MOO GO DANCING by Denys Cazet
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

paper 0-7894-2536-4 In Cazet's saga of two bovines, Minnie and Moo are enjoying a sunset when sounds of a dance at the farmer's home drift up to them. Read full book review >
ZOO IN THE SKY by Jacqueline Mitton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A brief explanation of stars, their placement in the sky, and the history of star patterns is included. (map) (Picture book. 5-10)"
Two modern-day stargazers paint pictures in the sky based on the ancient stories surrounding the heavens. 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 >