Children's Book Reviews (page 3212)

THE KITTEN WHO COULDN'T PURR by Eve Titus
ANIMALS
Released: March 22, 1991

"Lavish illustrations with nicely rendered landscapes and appealing animal characters. (Picture book. 2-6)"
From the author of the Anatole books, a simple story about a kitten who's sent away because his purrlessness seems rude; he asks several other animals in turn for help, finally learning how to wag his tail, which his small mistress (who obviously doesn't understand cats) accepts as thanks. Read full book review >
THE TWELVE DAYS OF SUMMER by Elizabeth Lee O'Donnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 1991

"The sprightly text is nicely matched by the cheerful illustrations, showing a sturdy, busy child plus animals with an unusual amount of verve. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A clever variant of "The Twelve Days of Christmas": a little girl sees, on successive days at the beach, a grand accumulation of animals including "Four pipers running,/Three jellyfish,/Two pelicans,/And a little purple sea anemone." Read full book review >

WHEN THE WOODS HUM by Joanne Ryder
ANIMALS
Released: March 22, 1991

"Ryder's text is graceful as well as informative; Stock's gentle illustrations not only reinforce the warm family relationship but serve to identify the cicadas at different stages. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Jenny's father explains the 17-year cicadas' life cycle and tells her about the last time they appeared (he was 12); together, they observe and admire the insects' during their brief appearance. Read full book review >
SUN UP by Alvin Tresselt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 1991

"Don't discard the old edition with the Duvoisin illustrations, but do add this one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The day's cycle on a traditional farm—how many times has that theme been reiterated?—but rarely with the grace and quiet charm of Tresselt's 1949 text, here updated and newly illustrated by a Dane whose expansive paintings exquisitely capture the dramas of dawn, sun-dappled mid-day, and a passing summer storm. Read full book review >
WHEN WE WENT TO THE ZOO by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: March 20, 1991

"Although the idea is hardly new, Ormerod's skillful composition and deft draftsmanship make this an unusually attractive book for small children. (Picture book. 1-7)"
Via one family's visit, an introduction to 20 varied animals and to the zoo itself. Read full book review >

ALICE'S SPECIAL ROOM by Dick Gackenbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 1991

As she tells her busy mother, Alice has a room where she can find January's cold or even play with a beloved cat that died last summer. Read full book review >
THE RED SEA by Kenneth Mallory
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1991

"Endpapers show the worldwide locations of coral reefs; additional maps; glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Saltier than any ocean and warm as bath water, the Red Sea is home to an amazing variety of species. Read full book review >
SUPER CLUCK by Jane O’Connor
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1991

"Robert O'Connor, now a sixth grader, had the idea for the story at seven; his conclusion hints at a sequel. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
``Chuck Cluck...came to Earth on a rocket ship when he was just an egg.'' Adopted by a passing hen, he soon amazes the other chickens by picking up their coop to retrieve a corn cob, and becomes a hero when he rescues some hatching eggs from a marauding rat. Read full book review >
POMONA by Catherine Paladino
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1991

"Glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 10- 12)"
A photo essay that documents the development and growth of a black-footed penguin, raised in captivity at the New England Aquarium. Read full book review >
ELISABETH AND THE WATER-TROLL by Walter Wangerin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1991

Grieving for her dead mother, little Elisabeth lets her tears fall into a well where they stir the resident man-like monster to inarticulate sympathy; he steals her away to the well's depths to comfort her. Read full book review >
SIERRA by Diane Siebert
ADVENTURE
Released: March 15, 1991

"Minor, however, captures some of the high peaks' awesome nobility in his broad, carefully detailed paintings. A valid plea for the environment that will move those not put off by the pretentious text.~(Picture book. 5-10)"
As in Mojave (1988) and Heartland (1989), the land speaks here in first-person verse enumerating its qualities, fauna, geological history, etc. Least successful of the three, this text is awkward and over-earnest. Read full book review >
CHARLES RICHARD DREW, M.D. by Rinna Evelyn Wolfe
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1991

A ``First Book'' that introduces the pioneer behind the Red Cross Blood Bank. 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 >