Children's Book Reviews (page 3)

ZIGZAG ZOOBORNS! by Andrew Bleiman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A striking, beautiful, and clearly focused bundle of cute. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Newborn animals in zoos and aquariums across the world are welcomed in this photographic exhibit meant to draw attention to the important conservation role these organizations maintain for many endangered species. Read full book review >
LITTLE IFFY LEARNS TO FLY by Aaron Zenz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Friendship and supportive verbal encouragement help overcome fearful resistance in this pleasant if not especially remarkable tale. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Learning to fly is a scary idea for Little Iffy, who is a "bitty griffin…part lion and part eagle." Read full book review >

BATS IN TROUBLE by Pamela McDowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Purposeful but effective in delivering an environmental message and encouraging action. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Visiting her grandfather's Alberta farm, Cricket and her best friend, Shilo, discover dead bats near wind turbines operated by the local utility, work out the problem, and find a way to help the bats migrate more safely. Read full book review >
FOLLOW THE TRACK ALL THE WAY BACK by Timothy Knapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"All aboard for a great storytime pick. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Little Train follows Mommy and Daddy Train's advice to return safely after his first solo journey. Read full book review >
SNICKERDOODLE TAKES THE CAKE by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Though Snickerdoodle fails to resist gluttony with either cake, this remains a realistic look at problem-solving and making things right. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young chinchilla who just can't resist temptation comes up with a way to make amends. Read full book review >

MIRIAM'S SECRET by Debby Waldman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A warmhearted holiday tale successfully portrays an underrepresented corner of American Judaism—of African-American history, not so much. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
It's a wintry spring in 1930 when an 11-year-old Jewish girl gets a lesson in friendship, the Jewish holidays, and America. Read full book review >
MEET CINDY SHERMAN by Jan Greenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An excellent, eye-opening exploration perfectly pitched to its audience. (bibliography, notes, list of artworks) (Biography. 10-14)"
An introduction to the work of artist Cindy Sherman, illustrated with dozens of her photographs. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER OF OWEN TODD by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A horror story based on reality, believably and sensitively constructed in the voice of the young protagonist. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
During the summer between fifth and sixth grades, Owen's best friend is exploited by an adult male babysitter. Read full book review >
I WISH I WAS A LION by Sandra Markle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Serviceable but nothing to roar about. (Informational early reader. 5-9)"
Can the venerable I Can Read line attract beginning readers with facts? Read full book review >
APPLEWHITES COAST TO COAST by Stephanie S. Tolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A humdrum adventure that muddily tries to convey the notion that all of life's students are also teachers. (Fiction. 8-13)"
The Applewhites take their untraditional, ramshackle educational show on the road. Read full book review >
SHIMMER by Raven Howell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"This verbal and visual treat portrays the evening as a lively and thought-provoking place of wonder."
A prolific children's poet offers an eclectic collection of nighttime pieces. Read full book review >
MERRY CHRISTMAS, PEANUT! by Terry Border
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Adults might find Peanut's cheery, repetitive catchphrase annoying, but kids will likely eat this up. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Border continues his food-as-characters shtick with this Christmas tale about a family of peanuts celebrating the holiday together. 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 >