Children's Book Reviews (page 3)

JACK THE RIPPER  by Michael Burgan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An interesting but not especially compelling account of a monstrous villain who continues to fascinate. (source notes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
As a detailed chronicle of the crimes attributed to one of history's most infamous serial killers, this otherwise episodic account of Jack the Ripper is effective. Read full book review >
THE ONLY FISH IN THE SEA by Philip C. Stead
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Readers who are looking for more moxie in their lives will love this absurd adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Stead and Cordell take their readers on a big adventure to save a tiny fish. Read full book review >

GOODNIGHT WORLD by Debi Gliori
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"This bumpy goodnight journey won't likely lead to golden slumbers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A rhyming journey around a child's world just before bedtime. Read full book review >
GHOST CAT by Eve Bunting
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kevin Barry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A light, slight fantasy. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Ghost cat Sailor Boy is a faithful companion even after the end. Read full book review >
EARN IT! by Cinders McLeod
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"The joy in hard work, above and beyond the gratification, feels absent in Bunnyland, which is a serious downer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Everyone, bunnies included, must learn to make money the old-fashioned way. By earning it. Read full book review >

WHEN THE WIND BLEW by Petra Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Gently shows how forest devastation (even when due to natural causes) affects many creatures large and small. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young bear cub learns what truly makes a home. Read full book review >
PHILOMENA'S NEW GLASSES by Brenna Maloney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An innovative and amusing story that will appeal to owners of guinea pigs, children with newly acquired glasses, and anyone with a sister. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A guinea pig named Philomena requires prescription eyeglasses, setting off a competition with her sisters in the acquisition of fashionable accessories. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE LIZARD by Kurt Cyrus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An attractive complement to Eric Carle's The Mixed-Up Chameleon. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Napoleon, a colorful, "spiffy" chameleon, lives on an equally "spiffy" tree limb and blends in so well with his surroundings the other jungle residents cannot see him. Read full book review >
TRUCK, TRUCK, GOOSE! by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Don't duck this picture book. (Picture book. 1-4)"
A story with limited text, nearly unlimited trucks, a picnicking goose, and a bevy of adorable animals. Read full book review >
ISADORA MOON GOES TO SCHOOL by Harriet Muncaster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A charming story about self-acceptance. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
A girl who's half-fairy, half-vampire struggles to fit in. Read full book review >
LUCY AND THE ROCKET DOG by Will Buckingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"For those who might enjoy a dog book, a science book, or just a good story. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Lucy must be a very intelligent girl, since she is able to build a rocket capable of traveling nearly the speed of light from stray parts—that then accidentally launches her hapless basset hound, Laika, into space. Read full book review >
KARMA KHULLAR'S MUSTACHE by Kristi Wientge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Readers will enjoy seeing how Karma navigates the complexities of adolescence, middle school, and the 17 hairs on her upper lip in this realistic and humorous story of new friendships and family support. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Everything has been so different this year for Karmajeet Khullar. 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 >