Children's Book Reviews (page 2)

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOOD by Emma Randall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"This jaunty, optimistic interpretation of the nostalgic Thanksgiving song will be useful in library holiday collections as well as for family celebrations. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The traditional song about a sleigh ride to Grandmother's house for Thanksgiving dinner is interpreted with a snowy setting in the mountains. Read full book review >
WHERE THE WOODS END by Charlotte Salter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Deliciously shivery. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
"The endless forest was as dark as the back of a wolf's throat." So begins this terrifying tale of bravery, magic, and lies. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"The perfect choice to inspire young readers and listeners, with just the right amount of detail to inspire, entrance, and encourage further investigation. (notes, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
"It was dawn when the chorus began." Read full book review >
THE SINKING OF THE <i>VASA</i> by Russell Freedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Like the Vasa, this feels not quite seaworthy. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
Who's to blame when everything goes wrong? Read full book review >
THIS IS MY EYE by Neela Vaswani
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A captivating journey. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A fictional exploration of how a young girl of color might move through and capture her world with a camera. Read full book review >

TAKE A HIKE, MILES AND SPIKE! by Travis  Foster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"An environmental message that goes down easily amid the cartoony cast. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this tale told entirely in dialogue, most along the lines of "See you later, Alligator," Miles and Spike pay a visit to the woods, to the consternation of the animals that live there. Read full book review >
WHERE DID YOU COME FROM, BABY DEAR? by George MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"This book may have the most appeal as a gift book for spiritually minded new parents. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Paired with new illustrations by Dyer, MacDonald's imaginative poem reads as a Q-and-A between a wondering family and their amazing new baby. Read full book review >
THE LAND OF NEVERENDINGS by Kate Saunders
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"An imaginative, magical story ideal for kids experiencing loss. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A grieving girl finds herself slipping into an imaginary world. Read full book review >
WHO DID THAT? by Job, Joris, and Marieke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A lovely, silly mystery. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A community investigates petty vandalism. Read full book review >
FINDING LANGSTON by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A fascinating work of historical fiction that showcases a well-developed, likable protagonist and presents Cline-Ransome at her best. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
A Great Migration novella with a vivid, believable protagonist. Read full book review >
RULES OF THE RUFF by Heidi Lang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A thoughtful and fast-paced story that should appeal to dog lovers. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Spending the summer with her bad-tempered aunt and her family is proving to be a trial for 12-year-old Jessie now that her slightly older cousin, Ann, has an unpleasantly self-centered new friend, Loralee. Read full book review >
FINDING ESME by Suzanne Crowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Crowley's a promising writer, but the story doesn't land. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old girl from small-town Texas finds dinosaur bones that might save the family farm. 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 >