FINN'S ISLAND by Eileen Dunlop
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1992

"Chris's mettle and Douglas's vulnerability- -these are thoughtfully developed people, and the meshing of their lives is both unusual and believable. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The author of the well-received House on the Hill (1987) presents another Scottish family coming to terms with its past. Read full book review >
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 15, 1992

"Index. (Biography. 8-11)"
In the author's ``First Biography'' series (presenting more substantial information than his ``Picture Book'' biographies but still easily read): an excellent introduction with a goodly collection of revealing, not always familiar anecdotes enlivening a straightforward account of many of Franklin's most outstanding accomplishments, clearly set in their historical time. Read full book review >

BOOTS AND HIS BROTHERS by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1992

"Well crafted by all concerned, a fine addition. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
A gifted storyteller whose most recent adaptation was Bearhead (1991) relays his own version of the popular tale about a kind and canny youngest son who is rewarded for chopping down a giant magical oak tree that is troubling the king and then digging him a well. Read full book review >
ALLERGIC TO MY FAMILY by Liza Ketchum Murrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1992

"Come back soon. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Murrow's title will hook readers, but doesn't do full justice to this warmhearted story about an uproarious family with six children, living in a suburban canyon near L.A. Narrator Rosie Maxwell, fourth grader, is number two; her well-founded complaint is that no one pays attention to her. Read full book review >
ANANSI GOES FISHING by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1992

"Sure to delight the picture book crowd. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
In what the author describes on the jacket as ``a variation of a [West African] tale found in Joyce Cooper Arkhurst's The Adventures of Spider,'' the spider trickster is roundly tricked by his friend Turtle. Read full book review >

HOANG ANH by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1992

"Helpful phonetic pronunciations of Vietnamese words and names; glossary; map; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Hoang Anh Chau was born in a refugee camp in Malaysia during his family's odyssey from the Mekong Delta to their current home in San Rafael, California. Read full book review >
LOOP THE LOOP by Barbara Dugan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1992

"A frequent theme, treated with unusual insight and imagination. (Young reader. 5-10)"
Illustrator Stevenson takes to wheels twice this month: in his own book about babies (below) and, here, in Dugan's fine debut—the story of a friendship between a little girl and a feisty but increasingly forgetful neighbor in a wheelchair. Mrs. Simpson invites Anne to tea and shows her some terrific yo-yo tricks. Read full book review >
JIM UGLY by Sid Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1992

"Fine helter-skelter melodrama. (Fiction. 10-13)"
For 12-year-old Jake Bannock, "Jim Ugly" seems like a good name for his buried father's wolflike dog, but that low opinion changes when Jake figures out that his father isn't dead after all and he and the dog set out on a hopeful search for him. Read full book review >
STARRING DOROTHY KANE by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1992

"Like Hurricane Harry (1990), also about the Kanes, a disappointment from an accomplished picture book creator whose other venture into fiction was a perceptive YA novel, Kisses (1990). (Fiction. 6-10)"
Dorothy has all sorts of problems: middle of three, she has to share a bedroom with her younger brother; when her family moves to a big house, she loses her best friend; and when she transplants some pretty green things in her new backyard they turn out to be poison ivy. Read full book review >
THE WALLOPING WINDOW-BLIND by Charles E. Carryl
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 1992

"Music included. (Picture book. 4-10)"
The popular nonsense song about a ``capital ship'' with a zany crew (``...the gunner we had was apparently mad,/For he sat on the after-rail/And fired salutes with the captain's boots/In the teeth of the booming gale''), whose catchy tune and rollicking humor have delighted the generations since its appearance in 1885. n gleeful double-spread illustrations that are sure to attract a new audience. Read full book review >
CIVIL WAR! by Jr. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 1992

"Glossary; bibliography; long chronology; index. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A scholar argues that, despite its plethora of horrors, in the long run the Civil War was a Good Thing for this country. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: April 10, 1992

"Blithe and quick, the book could be accused of offering simplistic solutions to problems like unemployment and bullies, as well as crocodile fighting; humor, clearly, would be its winning defense. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Frizzy-haired, knobby-kneed Ruskin Splinter, age nine, believes himself eminently suited to play the lead—a hero capable of slaying dragons—in St. 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 >