Children's Book Reviews (page 3213)

THE EASTER STORY by Brian Wildsmith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"A richly complex visual feast, masterfully integrated into a reverent, unusual interpretation: Wildsmith at his best. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Framing his unadorned retelling of the biblical account with his own story about Jesus's donkey, ridden to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and last seen going home with ``one of Jesus' friends'' after the Ascension, Wildsmith relates key events surrounding the crucifixion in some detail; but the glory of this book—even more than its companion, A Christmas Story (1989)—is its illustrations. Read full book review >
I LOST MY ARROW IN A KANKAN TREE by Noni Lichtveld
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"A fine addition to the story-hour repertoire. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
First published in the Netherlands, a tale the Surinamese author remembers from childhood. Read full book review >

ONE ROUND MOON AND A STAR FOR ME by Ingrid Mennen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Warmhearted and appealing; it might be wise, in sharing this, to discuss (especially with adoptees) other bases for parent-child bonding. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Enriched by an African setting, the familiar theme of reassuring a child about his secure place in the family after a new baby is born. Read full book review >
BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS by Barbara Nichol
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"It would have been nice to have a note distinguishing fact from fiction. (Picture book. 5-10)"
An animated portrait of the composer during the period when he wrote the Ninth Symphony (1822-25), as depicted in letters between Christoph, ten when the great man moves into his home, and his uncle, a musician whose knowledge of Beethoven's history and work provides a setting for the boy's more intimate observations. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC WEAVER OF RUGS by Jerrie Oughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

A second Navajo myth from the team that collaborated on How the Stars Fell into the Sky (1992). Read full book review >

DARK CLOUD STRONG BREEZE by Susan Patron
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"All in all, coming from an author and an illustrator with a number of fine books to their separate credit, a disappointment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``Dark cloud strong breeze/Inside the car Daddy's locked his keys,'' begins this fanciful story of a mishap that balloons into an eventful sequence. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"An unusual story with real substance. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Written in 1829 and cited by Tolstoy as a childhood favorite, a complex tale with an intriguing mix of period setting and still-resonant message. Read full book review >
MRS. TOGGLE'S BEAUTIFUL BLUE SHOE by Robin Pulver
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Simple and, by now, predictable; still, disarmingly lighthearted and funny. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``Overcome by spring,'' the ever-childlike Mrs. Toggle (Mrs. Toggle's Zipper, etc.) leaves the papers on her desk to join her class in kickball. Read full book review >
ELIZABETH IMAGINED AN ICEBERG by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Still, these characters are distilled to a symbolic essence; by touching on children's secret fears, the dreamlike representation may help open them to discussion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A daring but not wholly successful book from the innovative creator of Yo! Read full book review >
TIME TO WAKE UP! by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"The warm affection revealed in each step of the interaction is as evident in Russo's simple, bright pictures as it is in her brief text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A disarming slice of real life: While Mom gently tries to urge him out of bed (``Open your eyes''), the little boy snuggles in, murmuring sleepy rejoinders (``Can I open just one?''). Read full book review >
A HOUSE BY THE SEA by Joanne Ryder
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"An attractive addition. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In verse that echoes both Milne's whimsical make-believe and the cadence of Poe's ``Annabel Lee,'' a child imagines living by the sea: playing with the seals (``When I got too wet/or they got too dry,/we'd hug and we'd run/and we'd yell, `Good-bye' ''); wishing on the moon; being cared for by an octopus (``With an arm doing this/and an arm doing that,/he'd cook and make my bed''); and so on. Read full book review >
I LOVE MY BUZZARD by Tres Seymour
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Pure fun. (Picture book. 4-9)"
An effervescent, kid-appealing parody of a popular folk song (``Yonder Tree''): An impish-looking boy details the delights of his bizarre pets (``I love my warthog and my warthog loves me./He blows his round nose on my sleeve./He borrows my toothpaste, my brush, and my floss./My mom has asked him to leave.'') 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 >