Children's Book Reviews (page 2)

CECE LOVES SCIENCE by Kimberly Derting
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"A good introduction to observation, data, and trying again. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Cece loves asking "why" and "what if." Read full book review >
TAKEDOWN by Laura Shovan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"Mikayla and Lev are winners. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-graders Lev and Mikayla are both wrestlers. Read full book review >

KID NORMAL by Greg James
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"Funny but flawed, this meandering adventure is an addition to the current crop of not-quite-superhero titles for middle graders. (Adventure. 8-13)"
James and Smith show how an unassuming boy can save the day: with equal parts heart and oddball jokes. Read full book review >
SHAI & EMMIE STAR IN TO THE RESCUE! by Quvenzhané Wallis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"Perhaps this series fills a reading niche, but this underwhelming third book in the series should be its last. (Fiction. 6-8)"
A book about rescuing in which no rescue happens. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT YOU by Barbara Dee
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"A poignant and often hilarious slice of middle-grade life. (eating disorder resources) (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's time for the seventh-grade trip to Washington, D.C.! Read full book review >

WHAT DO THEY DO WITH ALL THAT POO? by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"A scatological success. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Countless zoo books line the shelves, but how often does one discuss animal manure—and how a zoo discards it? Read full book review >
THE FOX ON THE SWING by Evelina Daciute
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"An enormously satisfying surprise completes this wholly original narrative. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This Lithuanian import portrays the friendship developing between a boy and a fox. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2018

"A slapdash survey that perhaps demonstrates that science ideas need longer than 30 seconds apiece. (glossaries, resource lists, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Thumbnail summaries of 30 watershed concepts and discoveries in the history of science, most with simple demonstrations of related principles or processes. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2018

"Paddle past this one; hike instead. (table of contents, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A guide to canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding for kids. Read full book review >
GREAT POLAR BEAR by Carolyn Lesser
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2018

"For die-hard polar bear fans. (author's notes, map) (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
A year in the life of the majestic denizen of the far north. Read full book review >
BEN AND THE SCAREDY-DOG by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2018

"Another successful outing in a winning series, with lots of room for more adventures for Ben and his new friends Erv and Max. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young boy named Ben makes a new friend and conquers his fear of dogs in this latest offering in a series about learning to deal with new experiences. Read full book review >
TWINS by Gita Wolf
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2018

"Not much beyond a gimmick, and one that's suitable only for home libraries. (Coloring book. 4-6)"
Die-cut animal shapes invite young artists to fill in traced outlines and create stories around them in this Indian import. 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 >