Children's Book Reviews (page 4)

UP & DOWN by Don Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"'Up and down' indeed. (endnote, author's note, bibliography, sources) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Brown's latest (Older than Dirt, 2017, etc.) follows the journey of balloonist John Jeffries, doctor and meteorologist, through his flight across the English Channel in 1785. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF DREAMS by Liz Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A kind, thoughtful, nuanced portrayal of one of the icons of children's literature. (Biography. 10-14)"
The first middle-grade biography of Canadian author L.M. Montgomery in over 20 years. Read full book review >

THE BUTTON WAR by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Bleakly demonstrates that war, no matter its scale, is devastating. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
When World War I descends upon a tiny Polish village, seven boys launch their own deadly battle for the right to be crowned king of the land. Read full book review >
SUN by Sam Usher
Kirkus Star
by Sam Usher, illustrated by Sam Usher
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A grand sun story, indeed. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A delightfully warm read about a grandfather and grandchild. Read full book review >
SATURDAY IS SWIMMING DAY by Hyewon Yum
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"This tender and accessible story of bravery and patience when facing a new situation encompasses a wide range of emotions for timid children of all shapes and colors. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this story about new experiences, readers follow a tiny girl who faces her fear of swimming every Saturday. Read full book review >

DUCK GETS A JOB by Sonny Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"The book effectively suggests that the term 'rat race' may no longer be applicable to urban job life, but its audience is uncertain. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A hip-looking white duck with a bandanna and blue ankle boots tries to find a job he will enjoy. Read full book review >
THE UNFORGETTABLE GUINEVERE ST. CLAIR by Amy Makechnie
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Guinevere St. Clair is indeed 100 percent unforgettable. (Fiction. 8-13)"
If Scout Finch had had a sister, she would be future "world-famous lawyer" Guinevere St. Clair. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR DISCOVERIES by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Almost entirely old news but nevertheless a must for libraries in need of replacement copies. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A lightly revised survey of current dino-knowledge, updating the original 2005 edition. Read full book review >
MY STINKY DOG by Christine Roussey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"This funny story offers a fresh approach to accepting each individual's unique personality. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this French import, a little boy narrates a story about his dog, Alfred, who has a great personality but a significant odor issue. Read full book review >
NO SWIMMING FOR NELLY by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Nelly learns she can try new things when she's buoyed by her family's support in this thoroughly reassuring outing. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Three generations of women bond over swimming lessons for little piglet Nelly. Read full book review >
THE GREAT CHEESE ROBBERY by Chris Mould
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"As Button puts it: 'We may be tiny, but we're still fearsome.' Aye to that. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Two-inch pirates sally forth to the rescue when their cat is kidnapped by malign mice. Read full book review >
FLOR AND MIRANDA STEAL THE SHOW by Jennifer Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Feelings of summer fun and smells of funnel cake will follow readers home from this engaging story of family and friendship. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The bright lights and screaming laughter of the carnival midway are not all they are cracked up to be for two young women hoping to help support their families on the fair circuit. 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 >