POOP FOUNTAIN! by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"He takes up too much space filling in backstory, but the trio's 'adventure' is credibly worked out, engagingly related and, unsurprisingly, likely to be greeted with howls of laughter by second-graders of all ages. (Fiction. 7-10)"
"Yeah, it's kind of second-grade, I know, but once the word poop has been said fifty times, the fifty-first time is twice as funny. Try it." Read full book review >
ZEN SHORTS by Jon J Muth
Kirkus Star
by Jon J Muth, illustrated by Jon J Muth
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"The Buddha lurks in the details here: Every word and image comes to make as perfect a picture book as can be. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Limpidly beautiful watercolors and a wry, puckish gentleness mark these three Zen stories, one for each of three children. Read full book review >

Firefightin' Sam by Michael J. Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

"Hughes is to be commended, and his book recommended, for balancing its realism with its positive message."
This debut YA novel about an aspiring firefighter aims to entertain and inform young readers while also keeping them on the straight and narrow. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Closing on a cheery note with a look at new baby customs in several parts of the world, this provides sensible, reassuring answers to readers' questions and concerns, and interrupts the rain of information with occasional silliness. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Harris and Emberley fill the gap between their picture book, Happy Birth Day (1996), and the instant-classic It's Perfectly Normal (1994) with this equally sensitive, good-humored take on love and sex, puberty, genetics, pregnancy, and related topics, from sibling rivalry to HIV. Read full book review >
DOCTOR WHITE by Jane Goodall
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1999

"Litty's watercolors beautifully illustrate this tale about the healing power of love. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A sweet and heartwarming true story about a little white dog, who curled up on the beds of very sick children in a Children's Hospital in London and healed them with his warmth and love. Dr. White's tail thumped, his black nose snuggled, he licked sick hands, and critically ill children recovered. Read full book review >

SHABANU by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"An unforgettable heroine set like a fine jewel in a wonderfully wrought book. Map, pronouncing list of names, glossary."
Using the present tense and the voice of Shabanu herself, this splendid first novel takes the reader, with astonishing immediacy, into the life and mind of a courageous, intelligent Pakistani girl. Read full book review >
VOLCANO by Patricia Lauber
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1986

"Although more distant or long-range effects of the eruption are not described, this exemplary science book should have a large-scale effect on its readers. Index."
Before opening this splendid record, prepare to be absorbed by the dramatic account of the eruption, intrigued by the variety of lite that survived or quickly colonized the devastated area, and dazzled by the stunning color photos that dominate nearly every page. Read full book review >
WAR HORSE by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 1983

"Despite relentless English and German anti-war rumination, and Joey's own supra-equine understandings: some distinct glimpses of how it was to be a war-horse—in addition to that thundering melodrama. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In effect, a horse's eye view of the First World War—heart-rending in Black Beauty tradition, anti-war like All Quiet..., certainly unusual and dramatic. Read full book review >
THE DAY JIMMY'S BOA ATE THE WASH by Trinka Hakes Noble
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 28, 1981

"Those who respond to this sort of whipped-up frenzy can trust Kellogg's clever twists to keep the action from flagging."
A chaotic class trip to the farm is pictured with Kellogg's usual delight in disorder and related backwards, as it were, by a child whose report to her mother gets wilder and wilder as it unwinds: " 'Why were [the pigs] eating your lunches?' 'Because we threw their corn at each other, and they didn't have anything else to eat.'...'What was Jimmy's pet boa constrictor doing on the farm?' 'Oh, he brought it to meet all the farm animals, but the chickens didn't like it.'..." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 1981

"It's a question of sensibility."
Unquestionably a labor of love, this is set in an inn presided over by William Blake. Read full book review >
IT COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE by Margot Zemach
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1977

"The more you look at Zemach's pages the more commotion there is to notice. And it's a good story, worth repeating."
Remember the "poor unfortunate man" who feels crowded with his mother, wife, and six children in a little one-room hut—until the Rabbi instructs him to bring his chickens, goat, and cow inside as well? Read full book review >
THE BROWNSTONE by Paula Scher
Released: Oct. 19, 1973

"Finally though landlord owl works it out so that each tenant can do his thing undisturbed and undisturbing. Comic bookish city humor for the susceptible, with each move plotted out in Stan Mack's cartoon cutaways of the building.</p>"
<p>We lost count of the reshuffling of tenants shortly after the bears, who were trying to get to sleep for the winter, moved up to the second floor to get away from Miss Cat's loud piano — but then she objected to the cooking smells from the pigs who had moved down, and besides the dancing kangaroos on the third floor were now keeping the bears awake. 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 >