Children's Book Reviews (page 3215)

AMOS CAMPS OUT by Susan Seligson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A silly premise, but the resulting adventures continue to be engaging—especially as elaborated in Schneider's cartoon-style art, where Amos's relaxed, totally guileless interest in his own comfort has its own charm. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
The lazy old red dog who never leaves his couch but has learned to make it ``VAROOM'' wherever he wants to go (most recently in Amos Ahoy!, 1990) is off on another ludicrous expedition with the accommodating Mr. and Mrs. Bobson. Read full book review >
FRONT PORCH STORIES AT THE ONE-ROOM SCHOOL by Eleanora E. Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Some of the lively characters in Just an Overnight Guest (1980) return in this celebration of storytelling and small-town life. Read full book review >

'WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN, ANYWAY?' by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Avi's 1992 Newbery honor book): an entertaining farce; an outspoken satire on the mesmerizing effects of the media; and a thought-provoking contrast between the heroic fantasies of a boy deprived of his busy parents' attention and the horrors of real war. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Gorged on an excess of radio drama, "Chet Barker, Master Spy" (a.k.a. sixth-grader Frankie Wattleston) drags "Skipper O'Malley" (Mario Calvino), his "faithful but brilliant sidekick," into a series of hilarious misadventures. Read full book review >
KIDS by Catherine Anholt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"(Picture book. 3-7)"
In spritely verse and lively pen-and-watercolor illustrations, an exuberant survey of kids' diversity: ``Slow kids, quick kids, healthy kids, sick kids/Smooth kids, hairy kids, cute kids, scary kids.'' The contents of a typical pocket; a count-down of kids hiding (``...six in a box,/Five behind curtains, four behind clocks...''); what nasty kids are like (``They tell you lies, they spoil your games''), and nice ones (``They make you laugh, they hold your hand'')—with the same tots pictured for both; things kids make and do; fears, secrets, dreams, and wishes: an imaginative compilation with a dozen characters to follow from scene to scene and dozens of entertaining details to discover. Read full book review >
ZIP, WHIZ, ZOOM! by Stephanie Calmenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not much plot here, but kids will enjoy identifying the many vehicles, plumped out like soft toys in Stott's appealing illustrations. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In ten vignettes on the first spread, people prepare for journeys by different kinds of transport—from skateboard, roller skates, helicopter, and plane to a bus and the family car. Read full book review >

VOYAGE TO THE BUNNY PLANET by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"89 each. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A boxed set of three miniature books add up to more than the sum of their parts. Read full book review >
PUPPY LOVE by Betsy Duffey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-11)"
First in another formulaic series (``Pet Patrol'') aimed at middle-grade readers. Read full book review >
KLARA'S NEW WORLD by Jeanette Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A concluding note sets it in the 1860's. (Picture book. 7-12)"
When a drought brings tough times to her Swedish family, Klara—not yet eight—fears she'll be hired out to work on the manor. Read full book review >
SEEING EYE WILLIE by Dale Gottlieb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"This imaginary story is childlike, but it doesn't advance understanding of Willie's plight, and the implicit conclusion—that speculation is fruitless and could be unkind—is disturbingly at odds with the elaborate fantasy, which takes up more than half the book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another flawed attempt to deal with children's concerns about the homeless. Read full book review >
NOBODY'S MOTHER IS IN SECOND GRADE by Robin Pulver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Pleasantly zany, with colorful, lighthearted illustrations that capture just the right tone. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Cassandra's mother enjoyed second grade, and would like to join Cassandra's class. Read full book review >
THE WITCH RETURNS by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"This last story contains a complex weave of flashbacks to the earlier books as well as new horrors: gratifying for old fans, an irresistible lure for new ones. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The sixth in a popular series brings an end to witchy Mrs. Tuggle after a yearlong struggle by Lynn Morley and her friend Mouse. Read full book review >
SHEEP OUT TO EAT by Nancy Shaw
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A deft, succinct, charming as ever fifth appearance. (Picture book. 2-7)"
No toddler has ever precipitated more mayhem then these five insouciant sheep, now stopping at the quaint ``Tiddley Wink Tea Shop,'' which is run by an unsuspecting cat. 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 >