Children's Book Reviews (page 3204)

FARMER DUCK by Martin Waddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"MPQUOTEPAGECOUNT 58): a book with all the marks of a nursery classic. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A faithful duck labors while the indolent farmer lazes in bed, eating candy and occasionally inquiring, "How goes the work?"—to which the duck replies, "Quack!" Read full book review >
THE SUGAR-GUM TREE by Patricia Wrightson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Pair this one with Steig's Spinky Sulks (1988). (Fiction/Young reader. 7-10)"
Though they're best friends, Sarah Bell and Penny May often quarrel. Read full book review >

EENY, MEENY, MINEY MOLE by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Perfect for sharing aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Eeny, a tiny mole who lives with her big fat sister Miney and tall pointy sister Meeny, has heard astonishing rumors: "Up Above there is both day and night." Read full book review >
ENCOUNTER by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"O mores! (Picture book. 9-12)"
A poignant account of Columbus's landfall in the Americas, from a Taino boy's point of view. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Printed on recycled paper, these are useful suggestions with great kid appeal. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
The humorous dinosaurs of Dinosaurs Travel and Dinosaurs Divorce (both 1988) are back with some sensible, enthusiastic suggestions for minimizing waste, garbage, and pollution. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
An inspiring story of young scientists in action, featured on Nova: how schoolchildren in Everett, Washington, worked with their teachers to clean up Pigeon Creek and reclaim it as a salmon spawning ground. Read full book review >
FISH FRY TONIGHT by Jackie French Koller
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"A fine read-alone, but the humor and catchy rhymes and rhythms especially recommend this for reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In lilting verse, Koller explains how Mouse starts a contented day of fishing, ``gazing, at ripples and dapples that giggled and babbled. Read full book review >
ANNA AND THE LITTLE GREEN DRAGON by Klaus Baumgart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Good, light fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Anna is eating in an orderly manner until a rambunctious dragon bursts from the cereal box and begins to romp about the breakfast table, squishing through the butter, juggling a soft- boiled egg, and challenging Anna to blow cocoa back at him; Anna complies just as her horrified mother walks in. Read full book review >
HAZEL THE GUINEA PIG by A.N. Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"Boldly delineated b&w illustrations contribute to the inviting format. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Three easily read episodes, realistic except for the guinea pigs' spritely conversations that—though they do enjoy choosing just the right word—are mostly plausible verbalizations of what the little creatures might be experiencing. Read full book review >
MY CHILDHOOD IN NAZI GERMANY by Elsbeth Emmerich
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"B&w photos; chronology of the war. (Autobiography. 9-13)"
Emmerich (born in 1934) describes her WW II experiences, filling out her memories with facts garnered from her large extended family and quotes from her father's letters from the front. Read full book review >
SOPHIE AND THE SIDEWALK MAN by Stephanie S. Tolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
An honest presentation of a contemporary problem, by an author who has explored moral issues with unusual insight in books for older children (A Good Courage, 1988). Read full book review >
HIDE-AND-SEEK IN THE YELLOW HOUSE by Agatha Rose
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"Agatha Rose is the pseudonym of a distinguished author and artist,'' but the spare, carefully crafted text here doesn't offer much of a clue to her identity. (Picture book. 0-4)"
Energetic illustrations in bright, sophisticated colors accompany a spare text describing a mother cat's search for her kitten—alternately missing or found in typical activities. 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 >