Children's Book Reviews (page 3234)

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A satisfying cumulative tale, handsomely presented. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
``Cheka, cheka, che!'' cries the honey guide. ``If you want honey, follow me!'' First a boy joins the little bird, then—one by one—a crowd of animals. Read full book review >
THE BRIGHTEST LIGHT by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Still, the lively events hold attention, while the outcomes of the several subplots are wholesome and not oversimplistic. (Fiction. 11-16)"
In small-town West Virginia, 16-year-old Kitty Lee is involved in a soap-opera's worth of complications while babysitting the children of attractive new mill-owner Mr. Curtis and his reclusive alcoholic wife. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A fine collection that teaches as it entertains. (Fiction. 10-13)"
McKissack invites readers to gather in the ``dark-thirty''- -the eerie half hour when dusk darkens to night—for ten shivery tales inspired by African-American folklore and history. Read full book review >
ONE EARTH, A MULTITUDE OF CREATURES by Peter Roop
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Appreciative but unsentimental, a realistic glimpse of nature at work. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Set in the Pacific Northwest, 14 double-spread vignettes of woodland, meadow, and sea. Read full book review >
ONE SMILING GRANDMA by Ann Marie Linden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Russell provides some extra things to count; the objects are individually distinct, though some of the coconuts almost get lost in the gutter; still, very attractive, especially the people, who brim with life and good humor. (Picture book. 3-7)"
``...in a rocking chair,/Two yellow bows tied on braided hair...Four steel drums...Seven conch shells...'': five rhymed couplets describe ten typical, evocative island scenes, vibrantly depicted in glowing double spreads—an excellent debut for both author and illustrator. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A fine tribute to an intriguing character; an interfaith story with true respect for both faiths. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Elijah Pierce (1892-1984) was an African-American barber in Columbus, Ohio—as well as a widely exhibited woodcarver (first prize at the International Meeting of Naive Art in Zagreb) and a lay minister. Read full book review >
LILY AND THE PRESENT by Christine Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Again, Ross's color-pencil art is humorous and appealing, though much of the delicate detail will be lost in group sharing. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Lily's new brother ``came into the world with nothing,'' and Lily would like to get something ``big and bright and beautiful'' to supplement his other, boring presents. Read full book review >
THE SAMURAI'S DAUGHTER by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Like Merrill's The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars (p. 1191), an unusual glimpse of an independent-minded girl in long-ago Japan; a handsome book that will have many uses. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
From medieval Japan (as detailed in a careful note), a wonderful legend about the dauntless Tokoyo, whose beloved father Kuma has taught her the samurai virtues, plus such manly arts as riding; and who insists, despite her noble birth, on learning to dive for pearls, a traditional skill of women of the Oki Islands. Read full book review >
MARIA by Theodore Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Predictable but pleasant. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Taylor (The Cay, 1969, plus numerous other adventures) fashions a heartwarmer about a Mexican-American's efforts to get her people included in their California town's Christmas festivities. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS WITCH by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Worthy, but the parts are better than the whole. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Gloria is an oddball at Madame Pestilence's Academy for Young Goblins and Witches: Her spells don't work, and she keeps smiling, even while eating cockroach casserole. Read full book review >
OWL BABIES by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

Three little white owls perch outside their cozy nest, wishing Mother would come home. Read full book review >
SAM VOLE AND HIS BROTHERS by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The well-honed, repetitive text would also make an amusing easy reader. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Whenever little Sam goes out ``voling,'' his big brothers come too; whatever he brings home to Mother—nuts, daisies— Arthur and Henry bring more of it. 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 >