Children's Book Reviews (page 2)

PIGÍN OF HOWTH by Kathleen  Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Genuinely whimsical. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Three adventures of the gentlemanly Irish pig Pigín. Read full book review >
IN THE WOODS by Thereza Rowe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"It's not the most original of plots and somewhat lacking in substance, but the message is clear: true friendship can overcome any obstacle. (Picture book. 3-5)"
It's springtime in the woods, and all the animals are buzzing with excitement for the wedding of Red the fox. Read full book review >

MY JOURNEY TO THE STARS by Scott Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The pictures are a patchwork, but the authorial voice is distinct and the story has its unique aspects. (Picture book/autobiography. 7-9)"
An astronaut's story, from early adventures with his twin brother (who also became an astronaut) to record-breaking feats in space. Read full book review >
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Erik Forrest  Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"There's no bones about it: young readers will get a taste of the classic in a fun and humerus way (wocka wocka). (Fiction. 8-12) "
The Muppets put a humorous spin on the classic tragedy The Phantom of the Opera. Read full book review >
FRANKLIN'S FLYING BOOKSHOP by Jen Campbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Overall, there isn't a lot of spark in this dragon bookmobile. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Franklin the dragon loves stories and wants to share them by reading out loud. Read full book review >

MING AND HER POPPY by Deirdre Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Lovely and quiet, this is a book to savor again and again. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Following Ming Goes to School (2016), the little girl is back for another subtle journey through the year's seasons. Read full book review >
PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN IN THE MAGIC STORM by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Weathering this storm should leave readers on cloud nine. (glossary, appendices) (Graphic fantasy. 6-11)"
In their sixth adventure, Phoebe and her best pal, Marigold the unicorn, must determine the cause of a magical storm. Read full book review >
ZEN PENCILS by Gavin Aung Than
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"It's well-intended, and these are mostly words of wisdom, but the artwork inspires more than the words, which, if timeless, can still feel musty. (Graphic nonfiction. 10-18)"
It's hard to imagine Calvin Coolidge and the practice of Zen joining forces, but Than gives it the old-school try. Read full book review >
IF PICASSO PAINTED A SNOWMAN by Amy  Newbold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A playful introduction to various art movements, albeit a narrow one with weak backmatter. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A range of art styles is explored in this picture book that invites readers to imagine how various artists would paint a snowman. Read full book review >
SANTA REX by Molly Idle
by Molly Idle, illustrated by Molly Idle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Fans of the T. Rex series and all dinosaur devotees will enjoy this merry celebration. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Idle continues her series about a sister and brother and their dinosaur friends (Sea Rex, 2015, etc.) with a tongue-in-cheek manual on how to prepare for the Christmas holiday. Read full book review >
IF ANIMALS SAID I LOVE YOU by Ann Whitford Paul
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Surely adult and child pairs reading this together will find ways to mimic the animals' ways of expressing their love: blowing bubbles and splashing in the tub, a boa-like 'squish-hugging squeeze,' and playful wrestling. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Paul and Walker team up again to present the youngest listeners with an "I love you" book. Read full book review >
WALTZ OF THE SNOWFLAKES by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Graphic panels are the perfect presentation format for a favorite ballet. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The Nutcracker casts its enchantment in this wordless picture book. 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 >