Children's Book Reviews (page 2)

MASTERPIECE MIX by Roxie Munro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A handsome and satisfying companion to Market Maze (2015). (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Looking for a fresh and inviting introduction to academic painting genres such as still life, portrait, or landscape? Why not bring readers inside an artist's studio (perhaps author/illustrator Munro's own?) and actually show them the process? Read full book review >
BRIDGE OF THE GODS by Diane Rios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An engaging adventure that shows the strength that can be discovered amid tragedy."
This middle-grade debut finds an audacious child—with a knack for bonding with animals—thrown into peril by her scheming uncle. Read full book review >

I HUG  by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Ideal for the newest of new readers, this tender title's usefulness may be limited to a very narrow developmental window, but it'll do yeoman work within it. (Early reader. 4-8)"
McPhail's newest in the I Like to Read series hinges on pivot grammar. Read full book review >
I CAN RUN  by Murray Head
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A book new readers will want to take a peek at. (Early reader. 5-7)"
A day in the life of a squirrel for new readers. Read full book review >
I LIKE THE FARM  by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Simple, encouraging text, charming photographs, straightforward, unpretentious diversity, and adorable animals—what's not to like? (Picture book/early reader. 2-6)"
This entry-level early reader/picture book pairs children with farm animals. Read full book review >

MONEY MATH by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A purse full of entertainment tucked into a merry primer on money math. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Adler and Miller (Let's Estimate, 2017, etc.) team again to poke playfully about in the world of numbers, this time using U.S. currency to add, subtract, determine value, and place decimal points. Read full book review >
BIG HID by Roisin Swales
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"The story may be predictable, but it's also charming—worth lingering over, and more than once. (Picture book. 3-7)"
New talent Swales creates a spare tale of friendship and support. Read full book review >
DUCK AND HIPPO LOST AND FOUND  by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"This agreeable tale is the second Duck and Hippo story; more would be welcome. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Duck, Hippo, and three friends celebrate the end of summer with a picnic. Read full book review >
NO HONKING ALLOWED by Stephanie Calmenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Put pedal to the metal and read this as fast as wheels will allow. (Picture book. 3-6)"
At last, an answer to that long-standing question: would you trust a T. rex in the driver's seat? Read full book review >
SHEEP WON'T SLEEP by Judy Cox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Count them, play with them, and knit them into one wonderful blanket. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A happy array of wooly creatures tries to help bring about a good night's sleep. Read full book review >
BEAR MAKE DEN by Jane Godwin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Book need grammar. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A bear makes a den a home. Read full book review >
ADOLF HITLER by James  Buckley Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A shoddily constructed, clumsily written biography that does a disservice to its audience. (timeline, source notes) (Biography. 8-12)"
Kicking off a new series about History's Worst, a middle-grade survey of Adolf Hitler and World War II. 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 >