Children's Book Reviews (page 3)

SO MANY CUDDLES by Ruth Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"An intimate, low-key variation on a popular theme. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A sweet celebration of a day filled with physical contact, from "rise and shine cuddles" to "sleep tight and good night." Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO RAN by Kristina Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"Well-told and illustrated, Gibb's story speaks to not only women's fight for equality, but the power of community. (biographical note, timeline) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In cooperation with Gibb herself, Poletti and Yee tell the story of the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, questioning authority with her feet. Read full book review >

THE AZTEC EMPIRE  by Imogen Greenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"Ineffective and misleading. (Graphic nonfiction. 8-11)"
This comic-book-like synthesis of the Aztec empire surveys the history and culture of one of the major civilizations of pre-Hispanic Mexico. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"A needed 'own voices' story of cross-cultural diplomacy, but the density of the story and accompanying notes may limit the appeal to use among academic rather than general audiences. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Co-written by Hispanic-literature scholar Nogar and Spanish-language expert Lamadrid (The First Tortilla, 2012), a fictionalized account of a miraculous appearance in colonial New Mexico. Read full book review >
MONSTER HEROES by Blake Hoena
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"Never a dull moment at Frankenstein Elementary. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Four good-hearted monsters repeatedly save the day by concocting clever ways to foil the schemes of their evil families and schoolmates. Read full book review >

5 CHERRIES by Vittoria Facchini
by Vittoria Facchini, illustrated by Vittoria Facchini, translated by Anna Celada
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2017

"Painterly figures against plenty of white space—and those gorgeous, red cherries—invite readers into their own fruit-fueled fantasies. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mother gives her two unnamed children five cherries each—they won't last long. Or will they? Read full book review >
HOME IN THE RAIN by Bob Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Amazing. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A mother-daughter road trip with feels aplenty. Read full book review >
WHAT IS BABY GORILLA DOING? by Christena Nippert-Eng
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Quibbles aside, photos of cute animals doing cute things are an obvious slam-dunk. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Babies, it seems, like to do a lot of the same things…even when one is a baby gorilla. Read full book review >
MY FIRST SHAPES  by Violet Peto
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Useful if uninspired. (Board book. 1-3)

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A photo-illustrated primer of shapes. Read full book review >
CHIRRI & CHIRRA, IN THE TALL GRASS by Kaya Doi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Utterly charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Following their eponymous opening adventure (2016), unflappable Japanese twins Chirri and Chirra return for another serene, sylvan outing. Read full book review >
MY FIRST OUT AND ABOUT by Violet Peto
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Quibbles aside, this volume should broaden children's verbal skills while providing opportunities for conversation and instruction. (Board book. 1-4)"
Familiar sights of several common childhood excursions. Read full book review >
THE GREAT ART CAPER  by Victoria Jamieson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Though there's a plethora of choices in the rodent canon, this shines bright. (Graphic fantasy. 5-9)"
Cuddly classroom pets must stop a group of rapacious rodents from ruining the elementary art show in this sequel to The Great Pet Escape (2016). 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 >