Children's Book Reviews (page 4)

THE CHANCELLOR AND THE CITADEL by Maria Capelle Frantz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"Just try to put it down. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Frantz introduces readers to a world of spirits suffused in tension and magic in her debut solo graphic novel. Read full book review >
MEET ME ON THE COURT by David Aro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"Here's hoping a fun basketball series develops in its later installments. (Fiction. 7-11)"
In this slim, fast-reading series opener, readers meet the ambitious co-ed Alton Heights basketball team as they challenge the privileged kids from a nearby prep school to a showdown. Read full book review >

MILO ON WHEELS by Elizabeth Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"A realistic, hopeful take on meeting challenges and making friends. (Fiction. 7-12)"
An aspiring biologist who's bullied because of his disability finds friends when he enters a go-kart competition. Read full book review >
MIND YOUR MANNERS by Nicola Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"A playful guide to etiquette. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A bevy of animals demonstrates how good manners can help everyone get along. Read full book review >
MINA VS. THE MONSOON by Rukhsanna Guidroz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"On close inspection, it is so much more than it seems: a delightful picture book about a girl child discovering a wondrous secret about her mother. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ostensibly, this is a story about a girl and her ball and the rain: Mina wants to play soccer, but the monsoon has arrived in her South Asian village. Read full book review >

FOUR SEASONS OF FUN by Pamela Duncan Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"Books about the seasons abound. This one's mentions of specific holidays may limit its audience. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A rhyming look at all the fun to be had during a year of seasonal changes. Read full book review >
DRAGON POST by Emma Yarlett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"Yarlett takes poor advantage of the format, as readers see only half of the correspondence, but the premise and punny names add some appeal. (Novelty. 6-8)"
A lad finds a big red dragon in his basement and wisely seeks expert advice about its care and feeding in this epistolary episode. Read full book review >
THE STORYTELLER OF DAMASCUS by Rafik Schami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"A writing, translation, and illustration masterpiece. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A highly humorous book about tradition in changing times, bravery, and love, imported from Germany. Read full book review >
TAKEN AWAY by Cyn Bermudez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"A necessary narrative with an ambiguous design. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Debut author Bermudez kicks off a new series focusing on the relationship between two brothers separated by the foster-care system. Read full book review >
LIFESIZE by Sophy Henn
by Sophy Henn, illustrated by Sophy Henn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"A mixed bag. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
Like it or not, size matters, and Henn shows just how important size can be across 17 animal species found around the world. Read full book review >
HEROES by David Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 29, 2018

"Repetitive in bulk, but in digestible doses, rewarding fare for younger browsers. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Thirty-three tributes to heroic working animals and doughty mascots, mostly in wartime. Read full book review >
HORRIBLE HARRY SAYS GOODBYE by Suzy Kline
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"A fitting farewell, still funny, acute, and positive in its view of human nature even in its 37th episode. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A long-running series reaches its closing chapters. 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 >