Children's Book Reviews (page 3)

OWLS ARE GOOD AT KEEPING SECRETS by Sara O'Leary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Don't let the owls keep this unusual book secret. It deserves to be shared. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An alphabetical menagerie of animals—with an interpersonal twist. Read full book review >
CHILLY DA VINCI by J. Rutland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A salute to the spirit of invention that reads more like a first draft than a finished product. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A young Renaissance penguin triumphs after much trial and considerable error. Read full book review >

GOAT'S COAT by Tom Percival
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"This morality tale tries too hard to be a poem. (Picture book. 3-4)"
Alfonzo the goat loves his new coat, but he loves helping others more. Read full book review >
IT'S UP TO YOU, ABE LINCOLN by Leila Hirschfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Be a best friend and give this book to someone who has not read it. (Biography. 10-12)"
One decision can change your life…these 10 decisions turned a man into a president. Read full book review >
BEAVERS by Rachel Poliquin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Well worth the purchase. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Who knew the life and times of the beaver could be so fascinating? Read full book review >

MIRABEL'S MISSING VALENTINES by Janet Lawler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"This may not help similarly shy kids, but it may give readers some inspiration. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A shy mouse gains some courage and some new friends, bringing the town together in the process. Read full book review >
THE LITTLEST THINGS GIVE THE LOVELIEST HUGS by Mark Sperring
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"New and prospective parents may eat this up—if they find it before all the others like it. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Grown-ups glory in the hugs and snuggles of their offspring. Read full book review >
SPECTACULARLY BEAUTIFUL by Lisa Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"This heartening, well-crafted story refreshingly places its emphasis on its protagonist's resilience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Based on a true refugee story, this deep and hopeful book sports colorful, simplified shapes depicting students and their teacher. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF THE WILD WOOD by Tonke Dragt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"An old-fashioned Arthurian-esque adventure for those who enjoy that genre's satisfying storytelling pleasures. (Historical adventure. 10-15)"
Young Sir Tiuri, recently knighted following the events in The Letter for the King (2015), finds the adventure he seeks deep in the mysterious Wild Wood. Read full book review >
DOG DIARIES by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 3, 2018

"This series opener is a romp in the park. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Junior is a dog of great enthusiasm. Read full book review >
LULU & ROCKY IN MILWAUKEE by Barbara Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"While it won't find much of an audience beyond already interested tourists, this guide to Milwaukee is a cut above its ilk, and it bodes well for the rest of the series. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An unexpectedly attractive addition to the standard picture-book travel guide. Read full book review >
THE FROG PRINCE by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"Another dazzler from Schenker though, like many of the Hausmärchen, a patchwork affair that plotwise doesn't come close to hanging together. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-9)"
The very first tale in the Brothers Grimm's classic collection gets a lavish makeover. 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 >