Children's Book Reviews (page 3204)

BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1991

"1990). (Biography. 10-13)"
A ramble through baseball history, focusing on the youths of players from Babe Ruth to Jim (``I try to remember that I didn't get here single-handedly'') Read full book review >
ARTHUR MEETS THE PRESIDENT by Marc Brown
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"A weak link in this popular series. (Picture book. 5-8)"
``How I Can Help Make America Great'' is the subject; Arthur thinks about how much more can be done when everyone helps, then writes his essay—and wins a national contest. Read full book review >

OREN BELL by Barbara Hood Burgess
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"A promising debut. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An offbeat story introduces Oren, 12, the only boy in an African-American family consisting of his mother, his overbearing, overachieving twin Latonya, and younger sister Brenda, who is both brilliant and mildly psychic. Read full book review >
ALIENS FOR LUNCH by Jonathan Etra
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
In a delightful sequel to Aliens for Breakfast (1988), tiny Aric, Commander of the Interspace Brigade, again needs Richard's help: The greedy Graxians have hijacked his ship and its supply of XTC-1000 (a commodity that keeps a planet's desserts tasty for 11,976 years); if the Threllians don't get their shipment, they'll attack Earth to try to get its XTC-1000. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

One of six glossy, readable titles, each focusing on environmental issues and concerns in one US region. Read full book review >

CAGES by Peg Kehret
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"Kehret pushes her message hard, but in positive ways. (Fiction. 11-14)"
It's bad enough that Kit doesn't make the cast of the school play; when she goes home, her stepfather is drunk again. Read full book review >
ME BABY! by Riki Levinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"A disarming slice of life. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bearing gifts, the aunts and uncles arrive and are greeted with open arms by toddler Danny. ``Me baby,'' Danny keeps saying, as one relative after another kisses him or gives him a pat and then quickly moves on to the business at hand: fixing a celebratory meal and greeting Danny's mother and his new sister. Read full book review >
MARCEL THE PASTRY CHEF by Marianna Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"McDermott (1975 Caldecott for Arrow to the Sun) provides lively, well- designed illustrations in a popular style, adding pleasantly to the story's humor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Since he's a hippopotamus, Marcel is deemed unworthy to be a baker; he must scrub pots in the king's kitchen. Read full book review >
ME TWO by Mary C. Ryan
by Mary C. Ryan, illustrated by Rob Sauber
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"For Beatrice Gormley fans, a well-thought-out, antic adventure. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Seventh grade is getting the better of Wilf Farkus until, for a science project, he buys a kit for ``OceanPups'' that grow not the expected brine shrimp but an instant clone. Read full book review >
KNIGHTS OF THE KITCHEN TABLE by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"See also a simultaneously published sequel, The Not-So-Jolly Roger, reviewed below (in brief). (Fiction. 8-12)"
The author of the hilarious The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (1989) comes up with an entertaining formula in this first ``Time Warp Trio'' story: Narrator Joe is given a magic book (''The Book'') that transports him and two friends to King Arthur's Britain, where they find themselves confronted by a fearsome Black Knight—who's easy to defeat with some quick dodging when he's in mid-charge. Read full book review >
THE TURTLE AND THE MOON by Charles Turner
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"A lovely idyll, with just enough story to hold attention. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A solitary turtle observes a daily round of sunning, swimming, and withdrawing into his shell for the night—until one evening he finds an unusual companion: the moon. Read full book review >
MAX'S DRAGON SHIRT by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"Totally satisfying. (Picture book. 3-8)"
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 >