RAISING SWEETNESS by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1999

"Bonehead or not, the sheriff is an agent for compassion and sharing, rare qualities not to be trifled with. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The kind sheriff of Possum Trot (Saving Sweetness, 1998, not reviewed) has taken a small platoon of orphans under his inept wing to get them away from the evil hands of Mrs. Sump, the orphanage director who "was meaner than a skilletful of rattlesnakes." Read full book review >
MOSES AND THE ANGELS by Ileene Smith Sobel
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

"It's an entertaining volume, surely destined for applications beyond the obvious religious ones. (Folklore. 8-12)"
In a collection that shows religion brushed with mystery, Sobel retells the stories of Moses, who is always surrounded by angels, his life washed in magic, miracles, and exaggerations. Read full book review >

GODHANGER by Dick King-Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Rendered with detail and drama reminiscent of Audubon's, Davidson's accomplished black-and-white wildlife portraits ennoble their animal subjects, and effectively capture the dark, tone of this radical change of pace from a popular, author. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Fans of King-Smith's light, wry animal stories (The Spotty Pig, 1997, etc.) will be shocked by this brutal Christian allegory. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Most surprising is the depiction of Morgan's civic role, as governor of Port Royal, Jamaica (1680—1682), which benefitted not only from the buccaneer's ill-gotten gold, but a thriving slave market as well. (index, not seen, b&w illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography) (Biography. 11-15)"
The pirate tactics of the 17th century would be considered terrorism today, but that didn't prevent governments of the time from hiring Henry Morgan (1635—1688) and his ilk to pillage on their behalf; Morgan received a royal commission, at age 33, to learn whether Spain really intended to invade Jamaica and was ultimately rewarded with a knighthood. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN KATE by Carolyn Reeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The real strength of the novel, however, is in the depiction of the complex, tangled relationship that forms between Kate and Seth, and the emotional growth they experience as they struggle to reconcile their feelings about sharing a new family. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Setting her story in the third year of the Civil War, Reeder (Foster's War, p. 61, etc.) writes of a young girl who takes it upon herself to pilot the family's canal boat 184 miles from Cumberland, Maryland to Georgetown. Read full book review >

TO BE A KID by Maya K. Ajmera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Without descriptive notes, many of those details may be lost on viewers, but the theme is a worthwhile one, appealingly presented. (map) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
Harking directly back to Edward Steichen's classic Family of Man (1955, 1983) in design and tone, this portfolio of full- color photographs captures children around the world joyfully engaging in common pursuits. Read full book review >
A NAME ON THE QUILT by Jeannine Atkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"In his first picture book, Hills's soft-focus artwork serves mostly as a buffer to all the sharp emotions of the text. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A family gathers to remember one of their own: a brother, an uncle, a mate, a son. Read full book review >
NOAH AND THE GREAT FLOOD by Mordicai Gerstein
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Gerstein's fusion of a variety of sources for the story gives it a richness; although for the picture-book audience, the details will be extraneous, there is no denying their value as curiosities, and as welcome springboards to discussion. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The basic story is retold by Gerstein (Victor, p. 1117, etc.), with extraordinary details: Noah was 498 years old when he married and had his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth; he lived among cruel, greedy, violent giants whom God views with pained regret; for 120 years, Noah tries, at God's request, to change his neighbors' ways, to no avail. Read full book review >
WHAT A TRULY COOL WORLD by Julius Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"A truly cool book about how—perhaps—things came to be. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Lester (Black Cowboy, Wild Horses, p. 661, etc.) has conceived a creation story that proves even God needs to have a little fun. Read full book review >
THE BOOKWORM'S FEAST by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"In perfect harmony are O'Brien's marvelously textured lines, dots, stipples, and colors; his bookworms serve books-on-a-plate as a frontispiece to each section, and the characters have the bright energy of the verses. (Picture book/poetry. 3-9)"
PLB 0-8037-1693-1 Lewis (Doodle Dandies, p. 896, etc.) has created an almanac of words at play, using tongue-twisters, puns, alliteration, and many forms and fancies of rhyme scheme in an unabashed celebration of language. Read full book review >
EMERGENCY! by Joy Masoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Packed with facts, this title has broad appeal, capturing the pace of emergency work in a visually appealing package. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This action-packed companion to Fire! (1998) provides an introduction to the personnel, special vehicles, and equipment that are a part of responses to 911 calls for medical emergencies. Read full book review >
HOW WHALES WALKED INTO THE SEA by Faith McNulty
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Although the text appears entirely in uppercase, which fussily detracts from the clear, accessible writing, this is an exceptional title. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-12)"
Solid science writing and appealing acrylic, watercolor, and chalk illustrations combine to convincingly tell the incredible story of how a furry, four-legged land creature, the mesonychid, evolved into the modern whale. 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 >