Children's Book Reviews (page 3213)

DINOSAUR DINNERS by Shaaron Cosner
Released: March 1, 1991

What did dinosaurs eat? Read full book review >
POTLUCK by Anne Shelby
by Anne Shelby, illustrated by Irene Trivas
Released: March 1, 1991

"Delicious. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Setting their table for 31, Alpha and Betty call their friends in for an alphabetical feast: ``Ben brought bagels...Don did dumplings,'' and so on, with some nifty longer improvisations: ``Norman knew that oodles of noodles would be needed.'' The extra five? Read full book review >

DAISY'S TAXI by Ruth Young
Released: March 1, 1991

"Cavil: Pictorial details set the time now (and make the distance variable); the boat's lack of a motor is poetic, but unlikely. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A slight story about a sturdy woman who rows passengers and whatever else is needed to an island apparently off the coast of New England, with outstanding impressionistic doublespread illustrations that recall the evocative power of McCloskey's Time of Wonder (1957, Caldecott Medal), though not its range. Read full book review >
GLOBAL WARMING by Alexander Peckham
Released: March 1, 1991

In the ``Issues'' series (designed to present enough information on current topics to inspire discussion), a general overview of the origins of the greenhouse effect and global warming, their effects on the environment, plus projected problems and possible solutions. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1991

Hand shadows, jointed shadow puppets, and a brief puppet play are included in this visually attractive title in the ``Rainy Days'' series. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 17, 1990

"Perfect to share at bedtime with baby or toddler."
Three wonderfully simple vignettes that speak volumes through their juxtaposition. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Not for little children, but middle grades and up should be entertained while taking the point about the unreliability of witnesses."
One of life's more important lessons is that a second view of the same events may yield a story that is entirely different from another but equally "true." Read full book review >
LIONESS RAMPANT by Tamora Pierce
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"Nevertheless, some young readers will rejoice to have the tale rounded out. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The conclusion of the saga of Alanna, warrior-magician. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 1988

"Park risks undercutting her own protagonist, but her gamble pays off with a wiser story; middle graders will continue to ask for more."
In response to popular demand, Alex Frankovitch is back, fighting the same old classmates with a new weapon: He's going to be a Star. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 1987

"The story's voice usually sounds like that of a real 10-year-old; it might serve to remind a reader in the throes of change that things do get better."
A boy learns to adapt to his new environment in this realistic story. Read full book review >
ON MY HONOR by Marion Dane Bauer
Released: Sept. 22, 1986

"A gripping, compassionate portrayal of a boy's struggle with conscience, by the author of Rain of Fire (Jane Addams Award)."
Joel grapples with a nightmare turned real: his best friend, Tony, drowns while they're swimming alone together, and Joel must carry the bad news home. Read full book review >
VOLCANO by Patricia Lauber
Released: May 1, 1986

"Although more distant or long-range effects of the eruption are not described, this exemplary science book should have a large-scale effect on its readers. Index."
Before opening this splendid record, prepare to be absorbed by the dramatic account of the eruption, intrigued by the variety of lite that survived or quickly colonized the devastated area, and dazzled by the stunning color photos that dominate nearly every page. 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 >