Children's Book Reviews (page 3213)

THE GIRAFFE THAT WALKED TO PARIS by Nancy Milton
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Informative historical note; map. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
In 1826, the Egyptian pasha, trying to mend his diplomatic fences, presented King Charles X with the first giraffe ever to be seen in France. Read full book review >
BABAR'S BATTLE by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Pleasantly predictable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Echoing recent political change and prescribing more peaceable strategies, Brunhoff adds still another episode to the annals of the popular elephant king. Read full book review >

YOU'RE MY NIKKI by Phyllis Rose Eisenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

Afraid that her mother—who is starting a new job tomorrow- -will forget about her, Nikki grills her: ``What's my favorite trick?'' ``Who's my favorite friend?'' ``What's my favorite dance?'' Patiently, Mama responds to every question; but next evening she comes home tired and distracted. Read full book review >
SHIMMY SHAKE EARTHQUAKE by Cynthia  Jabar
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"An attractive collection, then, joyfully celebrating children's natural kinesthetic response to poetry. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
Eighteen poems summon readers or listeners to join wholeheartedly in poetry's dancing rhythms. Read full book review >
THE DAFFODILS by Christi Killien
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Killien lays her themes out clearly without trying to force-feed readers, and though several characters just stand around, or have an obvious Purpose, the main players—even Caitlin—are drawn with a sympathetic touch. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Fifth-grader Nicky stands irresolutely at the threshold of adolescence, the new world of lipstick and boys pulling her forward while the easy familiarity of playing dolls with Jeannie, a younger classmate, holds her back. Read full book review >

THE GREAT SUMMER CAMP CATASTROPHE by Jean Van Leeuwen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Fans of the trio's earlier adventures (The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper, 1975, etc.) will find this amusing romp perfectly consistent in tone and style with its award- winning predecessors. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Further adventures of Merciless Marvin the Magnificent and his gang, three mice who live in Macy's toy department but here suddenly find themselves wrapped up with a care package of goodies and shipped to a camp in Vermont. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A fictional account of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in N. Y. C., as seen by Rosie, a young Jewish girl whose older sister escapes but whose cousin does not. Read full book review >
POOR GIRL, RICH GIRL by Johnniece Marshall Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Still, a believably nice family, solving their problems in a laudably wholesome manner. (Fiction. 8-12)"
More than anything, Miranda, 14, wants contact lenses: her thick glasses make her look ``like the first alien to land on earth. Read full book review >
JOSHUA AND BIGTOOTH by Mark Childress
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"This will never replace Lynd Ward's masterpiece, but it's smoothly told and has nice touches of humor, while the brash, cartoon-style illustrations are full of color and verve. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lighthearted fantasy rather like an updated The Biggest Bear. Read full book review >
HARRY AND CHICKEN by Dyan Sheldon
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"A sequel to follow. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Harry, an extraterrestrial disguised as a talking cat, invites himself home with Sara Jane (``Chicken''), who does her best to keep him hidden since her mother hates cats. Read full book review >
ALL BUT ALICE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1992

"Fans can rejoice: Naylor plans to take Alice 'to her eighteenth year. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Naylor is a versatile, prolific author whose achievements have just been crowned with a Newbery; her books about Alice (this is the fourth) are many readers' favorites, with good reason: laugh-aloud funny, they also explore real concerns with unusual frankness and compassion. Read full book review >
THE LISTENING SILENCE by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1992

"McDermott's full-page b&w illustrations, dark and dramatic, enhance the attractive open format. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a fantasy based on Native American lore, a young woman confronts her destiny as a healer. 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 >