Children's Book Reviews (page 3)

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Comprehensively mistitled but worth considering for its unusual angles, or at least as a replacement for the previous edition. (glossary and index not seen) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A view of human history from the Big Bang to experimental lab-grown meat. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A treasure for browsers and bird lovers everywhere. (authors' notes, acknowledgements, find out more, index) (Nonfiction. 8-adult)"
Yolen and her three children celebrate birds with a lavishly illustrated compendium of facts, photographs, and poetry. Read full book review >

HOW TICKLES SAVED PICKLES by Maddie Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"This sweet story of Pickles won't tickle everyone's fancy, but overall it's an amusing if lightweight story about an unusual type of pet. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When a miniature pig named Pickles needs a blood transfusion, his owners purchase a full-size pig that then needs to find a permanent home. Read full book review >
LIFE WITH MY FAMILY by Renee Hooker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Cute and familiar. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young girl wonders what life with her loud family would be like if they were animals instead of people. Read full book review >
STOP THAT YAWN! by Caron Levis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"The lively portrayal more than makes up for the most extended yawn depicted in a picture book. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Like many children, Gabby Wild has absolutely had enough of the tedious rituals of bedtime. Gabby asks her grandmother to take her to Never Sleeping City, and without a word of protest, inquiry, or declaration, Granny agrees. Read full book review >

THE RENAISSANCE ARTISTS by Diane C. Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A conscientious examination of the subject that encourages critical thinking, application, and broad perspective. (resources) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Five famous artists of the Renaissance—Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian—are introduced in a format aimed at getting young readers to think. Read full book review >
CONTRARY CREATURES by James Weinberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A simple introduction and a solid addition to elementary-age collections. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Graphic artist Weinberg's debut picture book introduces readers to different animal traits. Read full book review >
POE WON'T GO by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A cute escapade for the silliest readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A pink elephant named Poe sits in the middle of a town's only road and won't budge—until someone bothers to find out why he's there. Read full book review >
SVEN CARTER & THE ANDROID ARMY by Rob Vlock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A funny if not always nice popcorn read. (Science fiction/adventure. 9-12)"
Following Sven Carter & the Trashmouth Effect (2017), the heroes go on a wild road trip to save the world. Read full book review >
ALL ABOARD! THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN by Nichole Mara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Train-loving tots may fancy this Christmas ride all year long. (Board book. 2-6)"
Five cars of holiday fun and snowy scenery—now if only Santa can find his boot! Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS by Nikki Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"An adequate survey of the holiday in a pretty package, made a bit more special with its personal touches. (glossary, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Readers so inclined can celebrate Christmas anytime with this overview of the holiday's traditions from past to present. Read full book review >
DECKED OUT FOR CHRISTMAS! by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A fresh take on well-worn traditions. (Board book. 2-4)"
What are these helpful mice decorating? That's the question this board book poses readers. 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 >