Children's Book Reviews (page 2)

RENATO AND THE LION by Barbara DiLorenzo
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"DiLorenzo's careful research yields a touching tale about art's ability to deeply affect both adults and children. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A white Italian boy emigrates from Florence to New York during World War II, leaving a beloved stone lion behind in the Piazza della Signoria. Read full book review >
SPLAT! by Jon Burgerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A gimmick, though a playful one. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Ever wonder what happens to the previous page after you've turned to the next? Read full book review >

THE BIG BAD FOX by Benjamin Renner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A comically charming underfox tale. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
A not-too-tough fox in a henhouse comes away with more than he bargained for. Read full book review >
AMANDA PANDA QUITS KINDERGARTEN by Candice Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"Empathy and kindness are just as important as ABCs and 123s, and Amanda gives readers a good lesson. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Amanda Panda starts off an unlikable kindergartner, but school (and exposure to other kids) teaches her how to be a friend, and that might be the most important lesson of all. Read full book review >
A BABYSITTER'S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING by Joe Ballarini
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A series opener that melds Goosebumps and The Baby-Sitters Club with ironic glue. (Adventure. 8-13)"
Babysitting is Kelly's worst nightmare. Read full book review >

SUPERSTAR by Mandy Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"An intelligent and gently humorous story about an underdog who explores his place in a world that doesn't readily accommodate kids who possess different ways of being or thinking. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Autism gets the unsentimentally sensitive treatment it deserves in Davis' debut. Read full book review >
SPUTNIK'S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH by Frank Cottrell Boyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A raucous adventure with a heart of gold. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
A foster boy learns that home is always closer than he thinks. Read full book review >
THE TINY HERO OF FERNY CREEK LIBRARY by Linda Bailey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"An excellent, engaging tale for a broad range of ages. (Fantasy. 5-12)"
Eddie is a vibrantly green bug who lives in Ferny Creek Elementary School. Could such a tiny critter become a hero? Read full book review >
LONG, TALL LINCOLN by Jennifer Dussling
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A succinct, edifying read, but don't buy it for the pictures. (Informational early reader. 6-8)"
Abraham Lincoln's ascent to the presidency is recounted in a fluid, easy-to-read biography for early readers. Read full book review >
A PLACE TO READ by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"Kids are likely to want to mimic the pseudo musical chairs device, and the story will be just as much fun to share with a group as one-on-one. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Finding the perfect comfortable place to read can be a problem, as a young reader discovers. Read full book review >
CLAYMATES by Dev Petty
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"The dynamic interaction between the characters invites readers to take risks, push boundaries, and have a little unscripted fun of their own. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Reinvention is the name of the game for two blobs of clay. Read full book review >
VIRGINIA HAMILTON by Julie K. Rubini
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"A biography worthy of the larger-than-life Virginia Hamilton. (Biography. 10-16)"
If the children you know think biographies are boring, this one will make them reconsider. 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 >