Children's Book Reviews (page 3234)

FATHER, MAY I COME? by Peter Spier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Map of the treacherous coast; diagrams of the modern lifeboat; brief history of the KNRM. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Spier's love of history again combines with his love of transport (The Erie Canal, 1970, among many), now in a fictionalization of the development of the Royal Netherlands Rescue Society (KNRM). Read full book review >
TUMBLE TOWER by Anne Tyler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Good fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The well-known novelist's first children's book is a gently subversive fable celebrating the rewards of disorder. Read full book review >

THE GHOSTS OF MERCY MANOR by Betty Ren Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A delightful juxtaposition of golden summer days and clammy haunted nights to warm and chill the reader. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Again, Wright deftly combines an old-fashioned ghost story with a modern family dilemma. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE COOL IN THE THIRD GRADE by Betsy Duffey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Robbie's somewhat overstated aim is to create a new image for himself by taking steps like avoiding his mother's company on the way to the bus stop each morning, trading in his superhero underwear for plain white, and getting jeans. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Index. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Teachers who know it all, mealtimes with Chicken Surprise, recess, ``propper'' English—all are trotted out, spoofed, or pummeled in this worthy anthology. Read full book review >

WITCH'S FIRE by Beverly Butler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Confined to a wheelchair since the accident that killed her mother and sister, Kirsty Hamilton, 13, has just moved to Wisconsin to live with her father, his new wife, Rita, and Rita's nine-year-old daughter, Pam. Read full book review >
HALMONI AND THE PICNIC by Sook Nyul Choi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A sensitive exploration of difficulties facing immigrants, particularly older people who don't get the crash course in American culture provided by school or a job. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Yunmi, a Korean-American third-grader in a N.Y.C. parochial school, worries about her grandmother Halmoni, who's been in the US only two months and is having a hard time with the English language and American customs. Read full book review >
THE PICKLE SONG by Barthe DeClements
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Readers will want to like this ordinary cast of characters, facing problems right out of the headlines—but beyond the lessons, there's little to engage. (Fiction. 8-11)"
DeClements tackles homelessness from an unusual angle: her protagonist, Paula, becomes friends with a girl living with her mother in a parked car. Read full book review >
LIZZIE'S LIST by Maggie Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Spurred by a friend's boasting about her grandma, nine-year- old Lizzie—who has no grandparents and lives alone with her mother—sets out to acquire relatives. Read full book review >
UNCLE JAMES by Marc Harshman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Still, a perceptive, well-told story of hard times early in the century, illustrated with sober insight in Dooling's carefully crafted paintings, in somber grays and browns. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A bleak realistic story about a family eking out a meager living after Father dies. Read full book review >
SATO AND THE ELEPHANTS by Juanita Havill
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"The connection between Africa and Japan is of particular interest. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Based on a true incident, the story of a Japanese ivory carver who, after devoting a lifetime to his art, gave it up when he found a bullet in the magnificent block of ivory he had hoped to make into his masterpiece. Read full book review >
SAINT PATRICK AND THE PEDDLER by Margaret Hodges
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"An auspicious blend of appealing story and engaging visual interpretation. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Reshaping a tale found in both Jacobs's More English Fairy Tales and Sawyer's The Way of the Storyteller (as she explains in an excellent note), Hodges creates a briefer, more accessible tale retaining enough of Sawyer's Irish lilt for a pleasing flavor. 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 >