Children's Book Reviews (page 3214)

CATS by Caroline Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: July 2, 1993

"List of species with Latin names, size, range, and endangered status; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Domestic cats and their wild cousins together comprise the 36 or so species of the Felidae family. Read full book review >
ENTOMOLOGY by Ellen Doris
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1993

"Glossary. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
First in the ``Real Kids/Real Science'' series, emphasizing firsthand exploration. Read full book review >

SOMEONE WAS WATCHING by David Patneaude
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1993

"But holding everything together are the characters' feelings; their grief and reactions to various dilemmas are so pure and credible that readers will willingly put doubts aside to join in the search. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The sadness pervading the first few pages of this decently written first novel is almost overwhelming: Chris and his parents return to the summer home where his toddler sister Molly apparently drowned three months earlier; the family is just beginning to come to grips with their loss. Read full book review >
MYSTERIOUS MIND POWERS by Carl R. Green
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
From two veteran nonfiction series authors, one of six volumes in a wide-ranging survey of the paranormal. Read full book review >
GERMY IN CHARGE by Rebecca C. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1993

"Again, kids will laugh at Jeremy's comically doomed successes; his ultimate decision to stick with his office and do his best may presage a changed boy, but don't bank on it. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grader Jeremy Bluett (Germy Blew It, 1987, etc.) is still naively imagining that things will come his way with incredible ease. Read full book review >

SWEET NOTES, SOUR NOTES by Nancy Smiler Levinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1993

"The simple story, depicting a nice, traditional Jewish family of the 20's, reads like an expanded picture book; still, the short chapters, each with its somber but evocative full-page b&w illustration, add up to a pleasant—if quiet— beginning chapter book. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When Grandpa Zayde takes David to hear concert violinist Mischa Elman, David is so enthralled that he begs his parents for a violin so that he, too, can make it sing. Read full book review >
CHELSEA MARTIN TURNS GREEN by Becky Thoman Lindberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1993

"EWSLUGp1991. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Not only does Chelsea color her face with what turns out to be an indelible magic marker for a St. Read full book review >
UNCLE WHAT-IS-IT IS COMING TO VISIT!! by Michael Willhoite
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1993

From the author of Daddy's Roommate (1990), another purposive story concerning misconceptions about homosexuals. Read full book review >
COWBOY ED by Bill Grossman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1993

"There's plenty of talent here, but it's oddly misdirected. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The author of the ebullient Tommy at the Grocery Store (1989) brings his clever versifying to another nonsense saga. Read full book review >
ALLEN JAY AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Marlene Targ Brill
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1993

"Note; afterword. (Nonfiction/Easy reader. 5-10)"
In the ``On My Own'' series, a straightforward story based on a childhood incident recorded in Jay's autobiography. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 30, 1993

"Selected Sources'' but no list of other books for young people, of which there are several; map and 20 photos not seen; no index. (Biography. 9-14)"
As Duane King of the Smithsonian points out in the afterword here, ``Sequoyah is the only individual in five thousand years of recorded history known to have devised a complete writing system without first being literate in some language.'' In 1821, after years of opposition from his family, friends, and tribe, he completed his syllabary of 85 symbols and the Cherokee became the first literate Indian nation, publishing nearly 14 million pages (largely in translation) before 1861. Read full book review >
ADDIE'S BAD DAY by Joan Robins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1993

"A particularly amiable take on a lively friendship. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
In her third appearance, a tight-capped Addie delivers Max's present but explains that she can't come to his party. 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 >