Children's Book Reviews (page 3)

A WORLD FULL OF ANIMAL STORIES by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Broad of scope but parochially Eurocentric in style and vision. (Folk tales. 9-11)"
A cornucopia of retold myths and fables gathered from every inhabited continent. Read full book review >
NINA by Alice Brière-Haquet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A good introduction to Simone's life, from her early love of music to her rise to the status of legend. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A biography about the legendary singer told as a lullaby from Simone to her daughter. Read full book review >

WHO LOVES ME? by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A lovely and reassuring tale. (Board book. 2-5)"
A little raccoon is well-loved. Read full book review >
ATLAS OF DINOSAUR ADVENTURES by Emily Hawkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A big, breezy banquet of dino facts—and factoids. (index) (Informational picture book. 8-11)"
A world tour of reconstructed prehistoric landscapes based on modern fossil discoveries. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU by David A. Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"The Picasso of paper engineering does it again. (Pop-up picture book. 5-adult)"
Love bursts up in paper waves and swirls from every spread of this small, heartfelt keepsake. Read full book review >

THE NEW KID by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Combining inviting storytelling with a warm message of friendship and accountability, this entry is a welcome addition to a pretty near perfect series for independent readers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
English and Freeman's Carver Chronicles kids make the acquaintance of a mysterious and self-assured new kid in town. All goes awry when a prized bike goes missing. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF THE READERS by Django Wexler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Three cheers for a female protagonist who demonstrates strong leadership skills without losing the prospect of love or friendship. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Alice Creighton finds out surprising truths about her own origins in this fourth and final book in the Forbidden Library series. Read full book review >
THE STOLEN CROWN  by Eva Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Fans of the first book will likely be pleased, but it doesn't invite new readers. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Outlaw Elinor Dray and the League of Archers are back (League of Archers, 2016). Read full book review >
THE CRIMS by Kate Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Jolly good criminal fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Imogen's plan to become head girl at Lilyworth Ladies' College is sabotaged when she's exposed as belonging to a (singularly inept) crime family; to overturn her expulsion, she must prove they were framed for a heist they're proud of. Read full book review >
NO HUGS FOR PORCUPINE by Zoe Waring
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Yep, a kiss is a mighty powerful thing to combat loneliness and exclusion. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Poor Porcupine longs for some physical affection. Won't anyone give him a hug? Read full book review >
CLICK, CLACK, MOO I LOVE YOU! by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A lesson in diversity and making people welcome that starts kids off on the right foot in these rough, divided times. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A little diversity goes a long way toward getting the party started in this latest farm tale from Cronin and Lewis. Read full book review >
100 THINGS I LOVE TO DO WITH YOU by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Sure to spark readers' own lists of things they love to do. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A rollicking, rhyming read-aloud gives kids ideas for things to do with someone else. 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 >