ANIMALS EAT THE WEIRDEST THINGS by Diane Swanson
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The author's meticulous research is evident here; despite the poor layout and arrangement of text, children will 'eat up' the gross-me-out notions and digest good scientific information. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A people's-eye-view of the strange and unusual eating habits found in the animal kingdom; children will be drawn to the disgusting realm of meals made of spit, vomit, cigarettes, skin, and dandruff, just to name of few. Read full book review >
A COBTOWN CHRISTMAS by Julia Van Nutt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A generous slice of Americana. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A nostalgic look at an time gone by, this winsome Christmas tale is suffused with warmth and glad tidings. Read full book review >

TIDAL WAVES AND FLOODING by Michael Flaherty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"That dates the title, as scientists and specialists in land use currently discourage the building of dikes and re-channeling bodies of water. (diagrams, chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
An entry in the Closer Look At series is too cluttered in design and often too vague to be useful. Read full book review >
HURRICANES AND TYPHOONS by Jen Green
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Compact, concise, and clearly presented. (diagrams, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Whirls of wind, belts of clouds, torrents of rain, surges of sea, funnels of air—all are packed into an eye-catching addition to the Closer Look At series. Read full book review >
GREEN MANGO MAGIC by Sylvia Hossack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

The healing of a wounded child is at the center of this story, whose color and energy come primarily from the Hawaiian setting. Read full book review >

FINDING OUT ABOUT WHALES by Elin Kelsey
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"This is, however, a snappy, interesting approach to current science; give it to children as a good first peek, then send true whale enthusiasts on to other sources for more background information on the various species. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
paper 1-895688-80-9 In the Science Explorers series, a glossy browsing book that poses questions about seven species of whales. Read full book review >
A CRACK IN THE CLOUDS by Constance Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A lovely addition to any poetry shelf. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Poetry. 7-12)"
These smal, winsome poems look hard at nature with the eyes of a child; the brief, clear-eyed tributes to the natural world often capture it with a flash of humor. Read full book review >
HOUSE by Albert Lorenz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"However, the artwork is deeply satisfying and the throng of informational tidbits keeps readers turning the pages, to savor slowly or devour in one sitting. (Picture book. 7-12)"
This handsome book, subtitled "Showing How People Have Lived Throughout History with Examples Drawn from the Lives of Legendary Men and Women," comes in the wake of Lorenz's Metropolis (1996) and is just as meticulously crafted. Read full book review >
PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR by Susan Rayfield
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The book includes commentary from Renoir's son, filmmaker Jean Renoir, as well as recollections from the painter and his friends. (index) (Biography. 10-15)"
Readers learn in this pithy entry in the First Impressions series that one of today's most popular of the Impressionist painters was, in his lifetime, rejected from exhibitions and often struggled to make ends meet. Read full book review >
TOMI by Tomi Ungerer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

One of the éminences grises of children's literature recasts memoirs originally published in French and German for this lively, sardonic account of the multiple occupations of his native Alsace in WWII. Read full book review >
NOT THAT I CARE by Rachel Vail
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Readers drawn by the previous books, or the series' eye catching, CD-size format, won't exactly like Morgan, but they will end up admiring her. (Fiction. 10-12)"
paper 0-590-37453-2 Prickly, unlovable Morgan narrates the third book in Vail's Friendship Ring trilogy (If You Only Knew,1998, not reviewed), presenting what amounts to an autobiography in flashback as she waits nervously to be called on in class. Read full book review >
MCDUFF'S NEW FRIEND by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The illustrations, with their 1950s sensibility, are warm and eye-catching, right down to a molded Jell-o salad Lucy has prepared; that kind of realistic touch doesn't fit with the image of a full-blown Santa, right there in the kitchen. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Out trots McDuff (McDuff Moves In, 1997, etc.), this time to wait for Santa on Christmas Eve, in a story that subverts the cozy domesticity that has been a series hallmark in the name of a less-interesting fantasy. 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 >