Children's Book Reviews (page 3)

WHO EATS ORANGE? by Dianne White
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"An engaging if disappointingly imperfect introduction to animals and (some of) the foods they eat. (Informational picture book. 5-8) "
White and Page introduce a variety of animals in this playful informational picture book. Read full book review >
LORETTA'S GIFT by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A lovely, cousinly twist on the new-baby story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Loretta is excited to find the perfect gift for her new baby cousin. Read full book review >

RICE FROM HEAVEN by Tina M. Cho
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"This compelling debut will capture the interest of children and adults alike. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-9)"
In a story based on the author's own experiences, a young girl in South Korea takes on a covert mission of compassion. Read full book review >
STOP, GO, YES, NO! by Mike Twohy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Kids will snort at the antics of the simultaneously exasperating and endearing Dog while feeling sympathetic to Cat. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A clever use of reverse vocabulary tells a story of the cohabitation and uneasy friendship of Dog and Cat. Read full book review >
THE ROUGH PATCH by Brian Lies
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Reassuring and clear, this is a heartfelt story about loss and discovering that one can love again. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Nature brings healing and a reawakening of the heart. Read full book review >

GORILLAS GO BANANAS by Patrick Wensink
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Little monkeys will enjoy the rhyme and maybe pick up some new food vocabulary…and so might their caregivers. (Picture book. 2-8)"
This baby gorilla's hungry, but he's awfully picky; what does he want? Read full book review >
HENRY AND THE YETI by Russell Ayto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Simple yet delightful, this picture book is sure to find a place in young hearts. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young boy makes a large mythological friend in the first story written by illustrator Ayto. Read full book review >
FOX THE TIGER by Corey R. Tabor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Feel-good, make-believe fun. (Early reader. 3-6)"
Fox and friends play an imaginative game of pretend. Read full book review >
MYSTERY IN THE MANSION by Lauren Magaziner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Mildly amusing, though a sudoku book might be a better investment. (Adventure. 8-12)"
The "choose your own adventure" genre gets another reboot in Magaziner's (Wizardmatch, 2018) newest. Read full book review >
TOO MUCH! NOT ENOUGH! by Gina Perry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Good spirits takes the solemnity out of differences. (Picture book. 3-7)"
They could be Felix and Oscar of The Odd Couple, except Perry has made one into what looks like an animated peanut (named, appropriately, Peanut) and the other a tidy refrigerator with Jimmy Durante's beezer. Read full book review >
SO DONE by Paula Chase
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Chase's middle-grade debut dazzles in its exploration of the complicated lives of two very different young black girls in language that will meet its primary audience of black girl readers in their hearts. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Metai Johnson and Jamila Phillips have been inseparable since they were toddlers, but now the pressures of hard secrets and new friends threaten to sever their friendship in the wake of a summer apart. Read full book review >
HEY, HEY, HAY! by Christy Mihaly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Even urban readers will cheer; in fact, the title commands it. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
A rhyming tale of hay, from field to bale. 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 >