Children's Book Reviews (page 3215)

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 >
BACKYARD DRAGON by Betsy Sterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Imaginative, lonely fifth-grader Owen isn't unlike the boy who cried wolf: when he reports a dragon in his backyard, the police are skeptical. Read full book review >

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE CELTS? by Hazel Mary Martell
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1993

"Timeline; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 8- 11)"
The catechism-style queries heading the 17 topical spreads here may seem a bit off-putting, but they're an admirably direct approach to information and subjects likely to interest children- -not only concerning ``what'' is known, but how the surviving evidence can be interpreted. Read full book review >
GHOSTS OF THE DEEP by Daniel Cohen
ADVENTURE
Released: June 23, 1993

"No source notes. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Cohen adds to his corpus of corpses (Ghostly Tales of Love and Revenge, 1992, etc.) with an assortment of European and American nautical apparitions—some widely known (the Flying Dutchman; hammering aboard the Great Eastern, frequently presaging misfortune), others of local interest, including several tales of Cornish ghosts from 19th-century collector William Bottrell. Read full book review >
WHEN SUMMER COMES by Robert Maass
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 1993

"Splendid. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-9)"
In a companion to When Autumn Comes (1990), Maass captures another season's essence in outstanding photos. Read full book review >
IN THE BACK SEAT by Deborah Durland DeSaix
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 1993

"A charming, nostalgic reminder of a time when cars moved slowly enough along back roads for kids to spot cows, or even cobwebs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The family's no sooner settled in its 50's sedan for the trip to Aunt Penelope's farm than Jeffrey asks, ``Are we there yet?'' Luckily for him (and his parents), big sister Ariel rises splendidly to the occasion with a fantastical tale about a girl and ``her pesky little brother,'' with each event in her story (pictured in full-bleed art) suggested by things Ariel spies on the way (seen in vignettes on the facing text pages). Read full book review >
THE BOY AND THE GIANT by Fiona Moodie
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 1993

"An attractive new setting for a proven story formula. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
``Based on a little-known folktale from the Scottish Hebrides,'' a tale of a boy whose kindness to animals is rewarded when they help him rescue a friend. Read full book review >
CALEB'S FRIEND by Eric Jon Nones
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 1993

"Handsomely wrought, but a bit ponderous with significance. (Picture book. 5-10)"
When Caleb drops his beloved harmonica overboard, it's returned by a pale, lank-haired, monochromatic boy—a sea creature whose elegant fish tail can be seen when he turns a joyous somersault, and who reappears when Caleb plays the harmonica again. Read full book review >
STORY OF A DOLPHIN by Katherine Orr
ANIMALS
Released: June 11, 1993

"A charming account, illustrated with stylized, decorative paintings that beautifully evoke the luminous colors of the Caribbean and the joy of this unusual friendship. (Picture book/Young reader. 5-9)"
Based on actual events, an appealing story about a dolphin and the owner of a ``dive boat.'' Laura tells how her father earns a friendly dolphin's trust by waiting for him to make first contact. 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 >