Children's Book Reviews (page 3204)

THE ICE JOURNEY by Margaret Greaves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 1994

"The title seems to have nothing to do with the story as told here; no source given. (Folklore/Picture book. 7-10)"
In a retelling of an Icelandic tale resembling ``Hansel and Gretel,'' a king's children (Sigurd and Ingibjorg) are secretly armed with gifts from their dead mother—a belt that keeps the wearer from hunger, a dagger that cuts through stone—when their wicked stepmother Godrun sets them adrift in a trunk. Read full book review >
AMAZING SCHEMES WITHIN YOUR GENES by Fran Balkwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 1994

"No glossary or index. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 8-12)"
In the Cells and Things series, a brief, zippy look at human genetics—it's quite a feat to get from DNA and chromosomes to how cells make individuals unique in just 20 words, or to summarize human evolution in three paragraphs. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 1994

"List of concerned organizations; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Different types of soils, how they are formed and depleted, how they can be protected and built up, and why they are so important to life on earth. Read full book review >
YELLOWSTONE'S CYCLE OF FIRE by Frank Staub
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 1994

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Yellowstone National Park suffered devastating fires in 1988, when some 13 million acres blazed in the greatest forest fire in 250 years. Read full book review >
COME BACK, GRANDMA by Sue Limb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"A simply told story with unusual resonance. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bessie is well loved, but can't always find someone to play with; her parents are busy, and little Krishna next door isn't ``allowed out much.'' Still, Bessie has Grandma, who reads aloud, plays games (even hopscotch), and always has ``time for Bessie.'' When Grandma dies, Bessie tries to imagine heaven, where her mother says she is, and wonders if Grandma could have been reborn as an animal, as Krishna suggests; still, Bessie goes on missing her until, years later, Grandma is recalled in a very special way. Read full book review >

THE COMING OF THE SURFMAN by Peter Collington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"It would be interesting to contrast this somber parable with Eve Bunting's more optimistic Summer Wheels (1992), about another neighborhood peacemaker. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A stranger opens a surfing supply shop in an inner-city neighborhood, far from the sea. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The author of several fine books about animals and their behavior (Bees Dance and Whales Sing, 1992) surveys animal intelligence as documented in scientific studies, historical accounts, and less formal observations. Read full book review >
THE LATCHKEY DOG by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"A book that's slight, but fast-paced; farfetched overall, but alive with realistic, kid-pleasing antics. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The title doesn't really fit this tale of a boy and his dog, but it's a cute, marketable moniker for much ado about nothing. Read full book review >
MOTHER GOOSE MAGIC by Kay Chorao
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

A winsome, airy confection spun from eight nursery rhymes, several of which will be new to many readers. Read full book review >
WHAT IS YOUR LANGUAGE? by Debra Leventhal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Slight, but cheerful. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A visual explication of a song Leventhal has recorded on an album (The Babysitters' Menagerie), introducing ``Yes'' and ``No'' in ten languages. Read full book review >
THE BEAR AND THE BIRD KING by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

A grumpy bear insults the ordinary-looking nestlings of the Bird King, occasioning a war between the beasts of the land and those of the air. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Concluding note; illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
In the Once Upon America series, a story set circa 1868-69. 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 >