Children's Book Reviews (page 4)

BEE STILL by Frank Sileo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2018

"There are plenty of reasons to pass on this one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A bee rejects busyness for meditation. Read full book review >
HECTOR'S FAVORITE PLACE by Jo Rooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2018

"Gentle, reassuring, and persuasive. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hedgehog Hector loves his home, but it shouldn't prevent him from going out. Read full book review >

THE DIVER by Veronica Carratello
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Odd but sweet. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A girl and a coin that share a dream each find it realized. Read full book review >
WHEN A GHOST TALKS, LISTEN by Tim Tingle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A great introduction to Native American history that's not too heavy for its young audience and is a solid read in its own right. (map, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Narrated by Isaac, a Choctaw boy who was killed while walking the Trail of Tears in 1830, this quick-paced novel sheds light on forgotten histories. Read full book review >
CHARLOTTE'S BONES by Erin Rounds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Not exactly seamless but all in all a substantial introduction to a significant North American fossil. (map, glossary, resource list) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
The story of Charlotte, Vermont's official state marine fossil. Read full book review >

HELLO BIRDS, WHAT DO YOU SAY? by Loes Botman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Though many of these birds aren't likely to be found in most North American backyards, it's nevertheless a friendly introduction to birds and bird calls for children on this side of the pond. (Board book. 1-3)"
A sequence of birds answer the titular question with their signature sounds, accompanied by impressionistic paintings. Read full book review >
I'LL ROOT FOR YOU by Edward van de Vendel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Motivational and kind, these light poems and illustrations will embolden readers to take risks and 'walk your own tightrope.' (Picture book/poetry. 5-11)"
Lighthearted poems extol sport and human achievement—and the importance of losing. Read full book review >
ONIBI by Atelier Sento
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A must for anyone intrigued by the hidden spirit world and how it crosses over into ours. (maps, glossary) (Graphic fantasy. 10-14)
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A couple of foreign travelers search for ghosts and spirits in the countryside of Japan. Read full book review >
BARKUS DOG DREAMS by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A solid entry in an entertaining series foreshadowing more adventures for the trio of Barkus, Baby, and Millie on the horizon. (Early reader. 4-7)"
Newbery Medalist MacLachlan continues her series of early chapter books with this second offering about Barkus the dog, his feline companion named Baby, and the child who owns them, Nicky. Read full book review >
THE RISE OF EL CID by Alexis E. Fajardo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Something of a stumble in an otherwise fun series. (maps, key terms, character glossary, fun facts, bibliography) (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
Imagination and history converge in this graphic-novel mashup of Beowulf and El Cid. Read full book review >
LITTLE AMISH LIZZIE by Linda Byler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Diversity that could be nostalgically attractive yet is specific to now. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Vignettes of the daily life of 5-year-old Lizzie and her family provide a mirror and window into Amish life from the perspective of a very young child. Read full book review >
ANCIENT WARRIORS by Iris Volant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Glitches notwithstanding, this is worth a second look. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Beginning in the Bronze Age, readers will take an international trip to learn about the weapons, leaders, and historically famous battles that shaped civilizations and the paths of history. 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 >