Children's Book Reviews (page 3214)

AL CAPSELLA AND THE WATCHDOGS by J. Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 1991

"What's special is Al's mellow tone: he may find his parents inconvenient or incomprehensible, but he views them with an amused tolerance that's both hilarious and endearing (and, one hopes, contagious). (Fiction. 11-15)"
In an engaging sequel to The Heroic Life of Al Capsella (1990), Al continues his affectionate sparring with parents who are almost as outlandish as they seem to his embarrassed 15-year- old eyes. Mrs. Capsella, successful author of romances, has given Al a notably lumpy, badly sewn, homemade beanbag chair that proves to contain all the ``Home Duties presents'' (apron, egg- timer, etc.) her mother had forced on her. Read full book review >
THE CANARY PRINCE by Eric Jon Nones
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 1991

"It also lacks a source note. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
In a courtly Italian tale (a folk tale, according to the jacket), a princess imprisoned at the wish of her wicked stepmother is visited by a prince whom she is able to turn into a canary so that he can fly to her tower, where he again becomes a man. Read full book review >

COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO! by Jill Runcie
ANIMALS
Released: June 28, 1991

"Young listeners will be eager to chime in for the inevitable reruns. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Farmer Jones counts on the rooster to wake him; what he doesn't know is that there's a whole Rube Goldberg series leading up to this daily event: the farmer's own snores wake an owl, whose hoot wakes a woodpecker, and so on through eight other animals concluding with the dog's bark that wakes the rooster. Read full book review >
WHERE DOES THE TRAIL LEAD? by Burton Albert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 1991

"Quiet, but nice. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The trail in question is the route of a boy exploring ``Summertime Island,'' where he finds a lighthouse, various creatures, ``a ghost town of shanties at the edge of the sea,'' and a derelict boat, then returns to picnic with his parents on the beach at twilight. Read full book review >
SOMETHING MAGIC by Maggie S. Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 1991

"With neither the artistry nor the energy of Anderson's Stina's Visit (p. 734)- -but the story is sweet without being saccharine, while Young's watercolors nicely evoke the lovely setting and warm relationship. (Picture book. 4-8)"
During an idyllic visit with grandmother in what looks like coastal Maine, a little girl wonders how she resembles Gammy, as everyone says she does (it's the smile, she decides). Read full book review >

GREENBROOK FARM by Bonnie Pryor
ANIMALS
Released: June 26, 1991

"A pleasant farm visit. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A little girl takes the reader on a tour of the farm where she has always lived, confiding her experiences with the babies in the various animal families and concluding with her own new brother. Read full book review >
PHANTOM ANIMALS by Daniel Cohen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 1991

From the demon cat said to stalk the U.S. Capitol building's ``confusing tangle of...winding passageways'' to the swarming ``rats of the Rhine,'' who take terrible vengeance on a man who ordered a peasant massacre, Cohen presents an array of animals who die but refuse to rest, or appear from nowhere only to vanish mysteriously. Read full book review >
A MAN AND HIS HAT by Letitia Parr
by Letitia Parr, illustrated by Paul Terrett, photographed by Bob Peters
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 1991

"Mildly amusing; the medium steals the show. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In doggerel with plenty of amusing rhymes and repetitions for beginning readers, the story of an old man who looks everywhere for his hat and finally finds it under his sleeping cat. Read full book review >
RATS ON THE ROOF by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: June 17, 1991

"Sure appeal; a natural for reading aloud. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-10)"
The author-illustrator of a fine array of comical easy readers, picture books, and creatively retold nursery tales adopts a new genre. Read full book review >
HEY THERE, OWLFACE by Betty Bates
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 1991

"Still, an easily read story with appealing b&w illustrations and some solid values. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Brad, who lives with his widowed mother on Gramps's midwestern farm, does some significant maturing during the months he observes a pair of barn owls raise their young. Read full book review >
GHOSTS IN FOURTH GRADE by Constance Hiser
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 1991

"Fans who enjoyed James's previous adventures will not be disappointed. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In a sequel to No Bean Sprouts, Please! (1989), James and his friends do battle with Mean Mitchell, the school bully. Read full book review >
JUDGE RABBIT AND THE TREE SPIRIT by Lina Mao Wall
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 1991

"A good picture book for any collection, with special appeal for multicultural use or with immigrant populations. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
A young couple's peace is destroyed when the husband is commanded to join the king's defense of their country. 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 >