Children's Book Reviews (page 4)

MERRY CHRISTMAS, PEANUT! by Terry Border
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Adults might find Peanut's cheery, repetitive catchphrase annoying, but kids will likely eat this up. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Border continues his food-as-characters shtick with this Christmas tale about a family of peanuts celebrating the holiday together. Read full book review >
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Emma Randall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A tip of the hat to this delightful rendition of an old song, updated with memorable illustrations and a modern cast of characters. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This handsome rendition of the classic holiday song features a striking black cover with a folk-art-style floral border and the title in gold letters. Read full book review >

A WORLD OF COOKIES FOR SANTA by M.E. Furman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A delightful introduction to a popular Christmas treat and traditions around the world. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Cookies are set out for Santa on Christmas Eve in many countries around the world, described in this collection that includes recipes. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF SHADOW HIGH by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"This entry in the Monster High/Ever After High franchise may please fans, but it's unlikely to win new ones. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The World of Stories is in danger, and it's up to the offspring of famous fairy-tale characters and monsters to team up to save the day. Read full book review >
THE BONE THIEF by Alyson Noël
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"There's no magic in them bones. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Can Grimsly save his hometown from a vengeance-seeking madman? Read full book review >

THE PLAYER KING by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An appealing protagonist pursuing a grand adventure and struggling with themes of power, pride, and identity will appeal to fans of historical fiction. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
From prolific, Newbery winner Avi, a novel set in the Middle Ages that is replete with authentic period details, page-turning brief chapters, and a plot filled with twists, turns, and political intrigue. Read full book review >
PAPER CHAINS by Elaine Vickers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A well-told story celebrating the power of friendship to comfort and heal when families fall short. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Secrets and family upheaval test Katie and Ana's newly minted friendship. Read full book review >
MALALA'S MAGIC PENCIL by Malala Yousafzai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An inspiring introduction to the young Nobel Peace Prize winner and a useful conversation starter. (Picture book/memoir. 5-8)"
The latest of many picture books about the young heroine from Pakistan, this one is narrated by Malala herself, with a frame that is accessible to young readers. Read full book review >
TRUCKS GALORE by Peter Stein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Put the pedal to the metal and track down these trucks for your favorite back-seat drivers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Staake and Stein keep on truckin' when madcap tomfoolery and heavy machinery go hand in hand. Read full book review >
THE LUMBERJACK'S BEARD by Duncan Beedie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A good addition to the growing shelf of facial-hair fables; themes of conservation and friendship are a plus. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Jim Hickory, a lumberjack with a guilty conscience, opens his beard to a trio of forest refugees. Read full book review >
WINDOWS by Julia Denos
Kirkus Star
by Julia Denos, illustrated by E.B. Goodale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A warmhearted tale of a child, a dog, and their peaceful, friendly, and inviting neighborhood. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Readers are invited to match their observant eyes with those of a child out for an evening walk. Read full book review >
THIS IS NOT A NORMAL ANIMAL BOOK by Julie Segal-Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Entertaining and even educational. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A metafictive look at animal classification. 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 >