Children's Book Reviews (page 3257)

THE BIG SEED by Ellen Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Hoban's cozy, cartoon-style illustrations are just right. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Bess, smallest in her class, is constantly being shoved out of the way or left till last. Read full book review >
STREGA NONA MEETS HER MATCH by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Fans of the good witch won't want to miss this predictable but appealingly mellow sequel (the witches part amicably, and Anthony never knows quite how he helped), while dePaola's comical, beautifully composed illustrations are a pleasure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When fashionably dressed Strega Amelia visits, Strega Nona welcomes her, but her hospitality is poorly rewarded. Read full book review >

HIP CAT by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Her vibrant colors and expressive figures are the strongest feature of a book that will appeal to admirers of Raschka's Charlie Parker Played Bebop (1992), though this is neither as witty nor as original. (Picture book. 4-9)"
``Living all alone in a riverside shack:/Oobie-do the Sax Man Scat Man,/the cool cat man'' takes his sax to the city and wails ``his song of longing, his song of joy,/his song of loneliness and looniness'' to great applause but so little pay that he's reduced to working at the Doggie Diner. Read full book review >
STOP THAT PICKLE! by Peter Armour
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Sophisticated art, in a funny book with broad appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A witty, imaginative takeoff on ``The Gingerbread Boy'': floating in brine in a huge jar, the last pickle's already hard to corner before he scrambles out. Read full book review >
TIME FOR BED by Mem Fox
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Jane Dyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Best are the shaggy, drowsy, contented ewe and her lamb; repeated on the jacket, they guarantee a constant audience for this appealing bedtime book. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A gentle litany of good nights, ostensibly from various animals to their young ("It's time for bed, little mouse, little mouse,/Darkness is falling all over the house") but mostly more apposite to their human counterparts ("It's time for bed, little calf, little calf,/What happened today that made you laugh?"), ending, inevitably, with a human mother tucking in a child. Read full book review >

FRONTIER HOME by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Bibliography. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In another lyrical yet precise text, Bial (Amish Home, p. 142) invites readers to imagine traveling by Conestoga wagon to an uncertain future on the American frontier. Read full book review >
THE FIRST STRAWBERRIES by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Complete harmony of text and pictures: altogether lovely. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
A gentle story of the Sun's healing of marital discord by a gift of ripe strawberries that magically grow at the feet of an angry woman as she flees her husband's harsh words, thus halting her departure long enough for him to catch up and make amends. Read full book review >
DOLL TROUBLE by Helen V. Griffith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Smooth, satisfying fantasy. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Having a favorite doll come to life—what a rich, delicious fantasy. Read full book review >
NOBIAH'S WELL by Donna W. Guthrie
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Still, the message of troubles cooperatively addressed has merit, while Roth's dark, translucent watercolors are appealingly expressive. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``A Modern African Folktale''—which, here, seems to mean an original story set in generic Africa (``Long ago in a far-off land where it had not rained for many years''). Read full book review >
THE BAMBOO FLUTE by Garry Disher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Brief and easily read, a powerfully realized moment in Australia's past. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In his first US publication, an Australian author draws on his family history for a beautifully written novella set in 1932. Read full book review >
ALL THE MAGIC IN THE WORLD by Wendy Hartmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"In Daly's lively, beautifully composed illustrations, these exuberant black South Africans have little besides their sense of play and creativity; like Karen Williams's Gallimoto (1990), this simple story suggests that these are most important of all. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From South Africa, a gentle celebration of the power of the imagination. Read full book review >
IF YOU WANT TO FIND GOLDEN by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Nice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
``...watch the morningrise melt/across rooftops/and splash against windows./There's a man on the street corner/who plays golden saxophone./Listen to the music,/dance in the sun...'' For the usual colors and more (black, white, copper, gray), Spinelli's imaginative text, sampling all the senses (the smell of green onions, the taste of cilantro), occasions Schuett's attractive full-bleed paintings, featuring the city scenes described in lush symphonies of color, each with a thematic hue. 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 >