Children's Book Reviews (page 3)

BEASTS OF INDIA by Kanchana Arni
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2018

"Lovely, but for art enthusiasts and book collectors more than for child readers. (Picture book. 8-adult)"
An Indian import, this art book functions as an introduction to a variety of traditional art forms from the Indian subcontinent. Read full book review >
FLIP FLAP OCEAN by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"New and pre-readers will flip. (Picture book/novelty. 3-5)"
Split pages allow young Dr. Moreaus to create new animals by mixing and matching the tops and bottoms of a dozen sea creatures. Read full book review >

FINN'S FEATHER by Rachel Noble
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A good choice to share with a bereaved child: poignant, but not heavily sentimental. (Picture book. 6-8)"
One spring morning young Finn finds a big white feather on his doorstep that, he thinks, was sent by his brother from heaven. Read full book review >
100 BUGS! by Kate Narita
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Packed with great extension possibilities, visually engaging illustrations, and quick rhymes, this read-aloud would be a great addition to any STEM shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Two children of color count local insects and flora in an explosion of colors and textures. Read full book review >
TRACTOR MAC SCHOOL DAY by Billy Steers
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Here's hoping readers don't need to learn from Betty's lesson on their own first days, but Tractor Mac and his friends have some good advice for kids to store away for a rainy day. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Betty is a nervous bus who has a tough first day, but with the help of Tractor Mac and friends, she finds the courage to try again. Read full book review >

SUMMER EVENING by Walter de la Mare
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Evocative, if only briefly. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Rural scenes at day's end provide idyllic settings for a short classic poem. Read full book review >
BRAVE ENOUGH FOR TWO by Jonathan D. Voss
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A well-meaning but just so-so friendship story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A girl overcomes fears and helps her favorite friend. Read full book review >
STEGOTHESAURUS by Bridget Heos
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"The premise may not be exactly new (see, for instance, Laya Steinberg's Thesaurus Rex, illustrated by Debbie Harter, 2003), but exercises in clever wordplay are always fresh, animated, enlivening. (Picture book. 6-8)"
When a stegothesaurus meets an allothesaurus, the results can be dicey, hazardous, problematical. Read full book review >
PRETTY KITTY by Karen Beaumont
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"It's the first five minutes of Disney's Up for cat lovers—but with a happy ending. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A lonely, old man fends off the affections of an increasing number of stray kitties. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE UNIVERSE by Tracy Holczer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A touching, memorable read that explores the costs, large and small, of an unpopular war. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
It's 1971, and the Vietnam War has upended Lucy Rossi's life; when her Army doctor dad returns an amputee, the unsettling changes intensify. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF GREG by Chris Rylander
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A potent blend of magic, adventure, and humor. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In the debut volume of An Epic Series of Failures, 13-year-old Greg Belmont embarks on an adventure he never could have imagined. Read full book review >
DON'T EAT THAT by Drew Sheneman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"An uncomplicated tale of consideration and cooperation rendered in an accessible format. (Picture book. 3-7)"
How do you teach a grown bear new tricks? 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 >