Children's Book Reviews (page 2)

THE LOST CHRISTMAS by B.B. Cronin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"An intriguing addition to any collection of seek-and-find children's books. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Grandad is at a loss to find his Christmas ornaments before his grandkids arrive. Read full book review >
MEET THE LATKES by Alan Silberberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Better stories about Hanukkah abound. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 3-6)"
A family of latkes prepares for Hanukkah. Read full book review >

THE SNOWY NAP by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Amiable. (Picture book. 4-7)
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A hedgehog tries to stay awake for winter. Read full book review >
TOMORROW I'LL BE BRAVE by Jessica Hische
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"More projection than inspiration, with nothing to make up for it and fussy lettering to boot. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Young animals aspire to admirable traits. Read full book review >
HOW WE GOT TO NOW by Steven Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Altogether, a fine exploration of technologies emerging over the eons and their remarkable interconnectedness. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Beginning with ideas that emerged thousands of years ago, Johnson tracks a series of innovations that led world culture to where it is now. Read full book review >

THE NO-GOOD NINE by John Bemelmans Marciano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A tongue-in-cheek romp with currently topical overtones. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Nine (or thereabouts) Depression-era Naughty Listers set out to petition Santa for toys rather than coal in their stockings. Read full book review >
MOON RIVER by Johnny Mercer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A classic song set to modern illustrations for a delightful reminder that friends are with us even in our dreams. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Born from memories of a Southern, rural childhood, these classic lyrics evoke simplicity, dreams, and a shimmering journey with a "huckleberry friend." Read full book review >
SIF AND THE DWARFS' TREASURES by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Despite unevenness, strong humor (from puns to Loki's shenanigans) and hints at deeper frost giant machinations keep the series moving. (further reading, glossary) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Loki cuts Sif's hair in this spin on the Norse myth set at Asgard Academy, first introduced in Freya and the Magic Jewel (2018). Read full book review >
HELLO WINTER! by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A solid addition to Rotner's seasonal series. Bring on summer. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Rotner follows up her celebrations of spring and autumn with this look at all things winter. Read full book review >
THE POPCORN BOOK by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Readers familiar with this book will delight in a fresher-looking version, but overall and despite good intentions, it does not completely rehabilitate the original's flawed depictions of Indigenous peoples. (sources, resources) (Informational picture book. 5-12)"
Curious, shaggy-haired twins Tony and Tiny learn about the history of popcorn while waiting for a pot of kernels to pop. Read full book review >
HELLO, MONSTER! by Clémentine Beauvais
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Admirably imaginative. (Picture book. 5-7)"
What if that new kid in the park is not a boy at all? What if…. Read full book review >
ZENOBIA by Morten Dürr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Graphic storytelling at its most powerful. (Graphic fiction. 8-14) "
A young Syrian refugee tries to flee the horrors of war in this Danish 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 >