Children's Book Reviews (page 3257)

A FOX GOT MY SOX by Hilda Offen
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Just the thing for the toddlers' group. (Picture book. 1-5)"
The author of Nice Work, Little Wolf (p. 723) comes up with an appealing book for the youngest. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Photos; lists of books and other sources; index. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
After black players were excluded from organized baseball near the end of the 19th century, they created leagues, barnstorming teams, and an annual All-Star Game (the East-West All-Star Classic) that often rivaled the Bigs in attendance and income. Read full book review >

MOON JUMP by Paula Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Jersey,'' they shouldn't all look like Guernseys)—but the idea is unusual, and the brightly colored, nicely designed illustrations have a merry verve. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bearing a pole and a pack, Miss Heiferton arrives in time to draw then tenth and last turn for the moon-jumping contest. Read full book review >
VATSANA'S LUCKY NEW YEAR by Sara Gogol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 1992

"A sturdy addition to the rapidly growing number of books about the Asian-American experience. (Fiction. 10-13)"
An earnest first novel in which a preteen encounters both prejudice and friendship at a Portland, Oregon, school. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF CLAY by Rina Swentzell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 1992

"Glossary; further reading. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A second excellent entry in the ``We Are Still Here'' series about contemporary Native Americans describes how four generations of an extended family work together to create the beautiful pottery for which New Mexico is famous. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Five meals that would be appropriate for a children's party, each with detailed instructions for preparing the food and a decoration for the particular theme (``Witch's Brew''; ``Creepy Crawlies''; etc.). Read full book review >
PET HAMSTERS by Jerome Wexler
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Using a format similar to that of his Pet Mice (1989), Wexler describes selecting and raising hamsters; offers advice on cages, equipment, diet, habits, and health; depicts mating, birth, and the hamsters' day-by-day development; and concludes with tips for photographers. Read full book review >
GORILLAS by Paul Hermann Bürgel
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Organizations to write for more information; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
An attractive addition to the ``Nature Watch'' series, with the authors' appealing color photos on every page showing these endangered primates—found only in the central African countries of Rwanda and Zaire—feeding, grooming, playing, resting, and caring for their babies. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Bibliography. (Biography. 8-11)"
In the ``Creative Minds'' series, the life of an abolitionist and women's rights advocate. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Bibliography (sources); index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
First in the ``People's History'' series, a lively look at the many changes in the US as a whole, as well as for individuals, during WW II. Read full book review >
ALMOST FAMOUS by David Getz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"Maxine is a pip. (Fiction. 8-12)"
At ten, Maxine is a girl obsessed. Read full book review >
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Tony  Ross
translated by Tony Ross, illustrated by Tony Ross
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"As a lighthearted modern take, though, James Marshall's delightful version (1988) is to be preferred; still, this is also acceptable, where funds permit. (Folklore/Picture Book. 4-8)"
In the manner of a parent trying to make a familiar old story more immediate, a colloquial update featuring white bears who ``had lots to eat and a color television set'' and a moptop Goldilocks in jeans. 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 >