NO PRETTY PICTURES by Anita Lobel
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 17, 1998

"I want more.' (b&w photos, not seen) (Memoir. 10-14)"
A haunting look back by Lobel, a Polish Jew who "was born far, far away, on a bloody continent at a terrible time." Read full book review >
THE ROSES IN MY CARPET by Rukhsana Khan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1998

"After the news comes that his sister, hospitalized with broken legs, will heal, the boy's dreams turn; the roses he is weaving into a carpet appear in his vision of a future 'where the bombs cannot touch us.' (Picture book. 6-9)"
A young refugee boy from Afghanistan struggles toward adulthood in a compassionate tale from Khan (Bedtime B-a-a- a-lk, p. 896) about the healing of the human spirit. Read full book review >

SUN-DAY, MOON-DAY by Cherry Gilchrist
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 1998

"It hardly mars an otherwise lovely book. (Folklore. 8-12)"
A collection of ancient myths, one for each day of the week. Read full book review >
FLAPJACK WALTZES by Nancy Hope Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The subplots never overshadow Natalie's story, and the author adroitly avoids melodrama, keeping the emotions grounded and true. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Natalie, 12, and her parents are still coping with the death of her older brother, Jimmy, who was killed in a car accident two years before. Read full book review >
SOME FROG! by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The plot, paced more like an easy reader than a picture book, and with a large typeface and ample atmospheric paintings, make this appeal to emerging readers, especially those facing their own feelings of loss and abandonment. (Fiction. 6-10)"
A classroom frog-jumping competition results in a lesson in understanding and forgiveness, as a young boy learns that parents aren't perfect. Read full book review >

PSSSST! IT'S ME...THE BOGEYMAN by Barbara Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Save this for older picture-book fans; it's creepy enough to give preschoolers bad dreams. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In this lively number from Park (Mick Harte Was Here, 1995, etc.), the Bogeyman goes on an extended rap-rant to set a few things straight regarding his personality and modus operandi. Read full book review >
SACRED FIRE by Nancy Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Howell's artwork is arresting, with an emotional lucidity that conveys powerful people, facing adversity without losing their way. (Poetry. 9-11)"
In another collaboration with Howell, Wood (Dancing Moons, 1995, etc.) uses poetry and prose to tell of the Pueblo people of the Southwest, a story at once melancholy and wonderfully dense with cultural landscapes. Read full book review >
HONK! by Pamela Duncan Edwards
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Particularly funny are the disapproving expressions on the faces of birds and balletomanes alike, and scenes of Mimi with her short skinny legs, large feathered chest, and haughty demeanor. (Picture book. 4-9)"
After peering in the window at the Paris Opera House, Mimi the swan is smitten with ballet. Read full book review >
THE WILD KID by Harry Mazer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"An exciting, unusual survival story, very well told. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 10-14)"
When 12-year-old Sammy, who has Down's syndrome, gets lost (while he chases after his stolen bike and its rider, he climbs on the back of a truck and winds up miles from home), he encounters Kevin, a runaway who has been living on his own in the forest. Read full book review >
LA MARIPOSA by Francisco Jiménez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Silva's characters are strongly outlined in black, and his robust scenes of landscapes and classrooms are rich with the oranges of the monarch, echoed in fields, sunsets, and the flannel of Francisco's shirt. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Held back in school because he did not speak English well enough, the author speaks of himself in the third-person to tell this autobiographical story of a school incident. Read full book review >
WHEN PIGASSO MET MOOTISSE by Nina Laden
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Laden further lightens the story with goofy wordplay—moosterpiece, pork of art—that adds little when the quality of the artwork and the book's detonation of color are already such pleasures. (Picture book. 4-10)"
During their youthful art wars in Paris, Picasso and Matisse had a brief falling out after a competitive spat. Read full book review >
ALBERTINA THE PRACTIALLY PERFECT by Susi Gregg Fowler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Still this is an amiable choice for transitional readers, with two-color illustrations to break up the text. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Best friends and small quarrels are the subject of this mild short novel, covering familiar ground for the early chapter book readers. 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 >