Children's Book Reviews (page 3234)

WAITING FOR ANYA by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"While harrowing journeys like these have become familiar, this particular story achieves special resonance in its depiction of the innocent and guilty living side by side, settling into uneasy alliances and learning the lessons of war that leave none untouched. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Lescun, France, during WWII is the setting for this latest work by the author of Mr. Nobody's Eyes (1990). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1991

"No bibliography, sources, or index. (Biography. 7-9)"
Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) was a journalist whose lifelong fight against discrimination began at age 16. Read full book review >

THE BRAVE LITTLE KITTENS by Piotr Wilkon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1991

"Nice, but not essential. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Three kittens explore the world: first their tails, then the house and barn, where they scare a mouse, finally outdoors, where they chase a hen and a rabbit but a dog frightens them—until Mama Cat makes him turn tail. Read full book review >
GRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT by Jim Arter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

In a bitter tale about misfits out to get a hated teacher, Arnold Dinklighter, repeating seventh grade, spends most of his time suspended from school, cooking up annoying pranks, being paddled by the principal, harassing classmates, or in detention, supervised by history teacher ``Apeface'' Applin. Read full book review >
ANGELA AND THE BROKEN HEART by Nancy K. Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"A warm, funny story, sure to be popular with Angela's fans. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This third Angela story is a complex, episodic weave that follows the three Steele children through much of a school year, with second-grade Angela's concern for her teenage brother Nathaniel (his crush on the mysterious Lola seems to be one- sided) as the binding thread. Read full book review >

ALL THOSE SECRETS OF THE WORLD by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"A poignant, beautifully wrought book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a gracefully cadenced text with telling echoes of ideas and images, an apparently autobiographical story: when Jane is four, she and her family see Daddy off on a crowded troopship to WW II; only Mama cries. Read full book review >
SONIA AND BARNIE AND THE NOISE IN THE NIGHT by Rachel Pank
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1991

"A promising debut. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When Sonia sees the pointy-nosed creature making a strange noise in the garden, she decides—with a delicious thrill—that it's a wolf. Read full book review >
CRANBERRIES by William Jaspersohn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"A fascinating look at an unusual crop; shots of the bright, floating berries being corraled on a somber fall day are especially intriguing. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7-10)"
In crisp color photos and lucid text, an informative look at how cranberries are grown, harvested (by machine; wet or dry, depending on ultimate use), and sorted (``four chances to clear a bounce board,'' or they're out). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Unusually attractive and informative. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
On the Maine island profiled here, year-round inhabitants spend the winter fishing, going to school, or crafting items to sell to next summer's visitors. Read full book review >
A MOUSE'S TALE by Pamela Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1991

"Unusually appealing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In her first solo effort, an accomplished illustrator (Stolz's fantasies; science books about animals) describes a mouse who, wanting to go to sea, considers many progressively smaller vessels (ship, ferry, rowboat, etc.) before imaginatively constructing her own boat of natural materials. Read full book review >
COLORS by Philip Yenawine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Full citations for the art are included. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
The director of the Department of Education at New York's Museum of Modern Art uses 19 paintings, photos, and other works of art from that collection to explore the uses of color: to convey mood; to create pure designs, or realistic or imaginary scenes; to represent the play of light; etc. The art is well chosen to demonstrate the ideas suggested; consideration of the paintings, together with Yenawine's many queries (``Look closely at this [Seurat] to see little dots of color. Read full book review >
KANGAROOS by Denise Burt
by Denise Burt, photographed by Neil McLeod
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1991

"The pictures documenting the development of the kangaroo embryo from smaller than bean-sized to full-grown joey, poking from his mother's pouch, are especially appealing. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The brief text here is informative, but the color photos of the varied kangaroo clan (including the wallaroo, brindled nailtail wallaby, and red kangaroo), taken in Australia's outback, are outstanding. 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 >