Children's Book Reviews (page 2)

NORMAN THE SLUG WITH THE SILLY SHELL by Sue Hendra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"The common desire to fit in gets a silly, if not particularly clever or well-knit, take. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A slug with shell envy finds a worthy surrogate—and then something even better. Read full book review >
THE HAUNTED HOUSE NEXT DOOR  by Andres  Miedoso
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Simple text, short chapters, and plenty of illustrations will appeal to emerging readers who prefer just a little shiver with their story—and to other readers too. (Suspense. 6-9)"
What happens if you move to a new town and your house is haunted? Andres is about to find out! Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 10, 2017

"Brisk and appealing historical vignettes, as readable as they are revealing. (writers' profiles, index) (Collective biography. 10-13)"
Biographical highlights and sidelights from a dozen, mostly veteran, nonfiction authors. Read full book review >
LITTLE LEADERS by Vashti Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Perfect for exploring together at bedtime or for children to browse independently, a gorgeous invitation for children of all backgrounds, and especially for black girls, to learn about black women who were pioneers. (Collective biography. 6-12)"
Visual artist Harrison introduces 40 trailblazing black women from United States history in this inspiring volume for young readers. Read full book review >
BABY TO BIG by Rajiv  Fernandez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Overall, the book is inappropriate for the typical board-book audience, and it lacks the dark wit found in more successful picture books aimed at adults. (Board book. Adults)"
A vocabulary-building board book for children and adults. Read full book review >

PARTY ANIMALS! by Cléa Dieudonné
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Heaping helpings of hurrahs for the hoopoe! (Picture book. 6-8)"
A teeming tower of birthday hullaballoo over 6 feet (about 190 cm) high. Read full book review >
HOW DO YOU SAY I LOVE YOU? by Hannah Eliot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A worthy if imperfect read for caregivers looking to introduce different cultures to their children. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little readers learn how to say "I love you" in different languages. Read full book review >
HUSH A BYE, BABY by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"This multiethnic title is not memorable enough to become a bedtime favorite. (Board book. 1-3)"
This third title in the New Books for Newborns series features multiethnic dads getting their infants ready for bed. Read full book review >
THE DAY WE LOST PET by Chuck Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Breathtakingly original. (Picture book. 4-11)"
From the opening pages, with lines like "we were piles of skin laundry blending into a world of pales and fogs," debut author Young transports readers into a world somehow familiar and simultaneously unlike any they have ever experienced. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A breath of fresh air. (Nonfiction. 4-10)"
Author Willey brings years of experience in children's music and movement to her debut. Read full book review >
GROUNDHUG DAY by Anne Marie Pace
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Readers may learn a thing or two about both being a friend and getting over their own fears. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A moose and his forest friends are busy planning a Valentine's Day party, but one aspect of the organizing stops them in their tracks. Read full book review >
LET IT GLOW by Owen Gildersleeve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A pretty, if also pretty bland, commemoration. (Novelty. 5-7)"
A young boy's way is lit by LED streetlights and stars as he walks home through snowy scenes on Christmas Eve. 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 >