Children's Book Reviews (page 3216)

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Chronology; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A cogent summary of basic information about the 11 former members of the USSR (the three Baltic countries and Georgia have chosen not to be included) now joined in a federation of sovereign states, charged with disarmament, economic community, and foreign policy. Read full book review >
THE BATHWATER GANG GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS by Jerry Spinelli
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"A minor effort. (Fiction. 7-9)"
In another lightweight "Springboard Book," Bertie of The Bathwater Gang (1990) organizes a dog-washing business in hopes of earning enough for circus tickets. Read full book review >

THE STINKY SNEAKERS CONTEST by Julie Anne Peters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Smith's freely squiggled, cartoony b&w illustrations (in which most of the characters are African-Americans) extend the lively characterizations and the humor. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Peters debuts with a ``Springboard Book'' about a contest that surely could never be—but that will certainly elicit gleeful giggles. Read full book review >
RIFFRAFF by J. Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Broad but lively humor, with a not-too-obvious moral or two. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The author of a YA book about some comically bizarre parents—Al Capsella and the Watchdogs, 1991—zeros in on an equally bizarre preadolescent. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Neither title nor subtitle quite indicates the limited scope of this amble through the origins, similarities, and differences among the languages American schoolchildren are most likely to encounter. Read full book review >

FRIDA KAHLO by Nancy Frazier
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Photos and reproductions; glossary; further reading (a short, undistinguished list); index. (Biography. 10-14)"
In ``The Library of Famous Women,'' a brief but perceptive introduction to Frida Kahlo (1910-54)—``one of the most imaginative, original, and heroic painters in the history of art.'' Plunging into her subject with a discussion of the powerful symbols in one of Kahlo's best known paintings—The Two Fridas—Frazier sets forth the dominant themes in the artist's life: her mixed Mexican-European heritage; her troubled marriage to mentor Diego Rivera; the influence of Mexico's revolution and its folkloric past on her ideas; her loneliness and pain. Read full book review >
DIEGO RIVERA by Anne E. Neimark
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"Further reading (adult); list of murals in the US; index. (Biography. 10-14)"
A fictionalized biography of the flamboyant Mexican muralist (1886-1957) whose ideologically oriented works brought him both artistic recognition and political reprobation in the 1920's and 30's. Read full book review >
WHO'S ON FIRST? by Mark Geller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"What he does do is suggest some believable characters with an implied depth that's greater than average for hi-lo fiction, presenting another easily read story that never condescends to its readers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The author of several easily read yet perceptive novels (What I Heard, 1987, etc.) here simplifies his delivery so much that it undermines his story's possibilities for subtlety or suspense. Read full book review >
TALL BOY'S JOURNEY by Joanna Halpert Kraus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"Ritz's sensitive watercolors, on attractively textured paper, reflect the unusually perceptive and detailed portrayal of the first days of a transcultural adoption. (Fiction/Young reader. 7-10)"
By the adoptive mother of a Korean boy (now adult), a realistic account of experiences similar to her son's. Read full book review >
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY! by Tilde Michels
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"Quiet, but refreshing as a summer breeze. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A childhood idyll from a well-known German author (Rabbit Spring, 1990). Read full book review >
PORKER'S TAXI by Sven Nordqvist
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"The book's small size (6''x7'') and simple, cartoony illustrations add to the appeal. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Porker—the appealingly bulbous bear in Porker Finds a Chair (1989)—tries to use the wheelbarrow he's just found as a taxi. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE FLOWER KING by Kveta Pacovská
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"Try this with very young children, who'll like the peek-a-boo cover cutouts and respond to the vibrant colors, bold forms, and simple story. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The Czech author-illustrator of a wonderfully inventive counting book (One, Five, Many) brings the same imagination and brilliant colors to illustrations for an old-fashioned story a little king whose happy life planting tulips is incomplete until he quests for a princess (he finds her in a tulip blossom) and makes her his queen. 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 >