Children's Book Reviews (page 4)

THE SECRET OF BLACK ROCK by Joe Todd-Stanton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A winner on many levels. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After a courageous young girl befriends a legendary creature, she must stop the frightened villagers from attacking it. Read full book review >
A CAT IS BETTER by Linda Joy Singleton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Catnip for cat owners. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A clear manifesto from a finicky feline to a new owner. Read full book review >

A WISH COME TRUE by Kolet Janssen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A purpose piece without a clear purpose. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Make-A-Wish creates a perfect day for a kid with a serious illness. Read full book review >
GOD LOVES YOU! by Marie Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A solid board book for little ones starting to develop the concept of God. (Board book. 1-2)"
Little ones learn about God's love. Read full book review >
VOYAGER'S GREATEST HITS by Alexandra Siy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A lively, informative, and inspiring story of space exploration. (maps, photos, glossary, websites, further reading, source notes) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
From the author of Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Plant (2011) comes this fascinating story of the twin Voyager probes, launched 40 years ago to travel to the outer planets of our solar system and now continuing into interstellar space. Read full book review >

GUM LUCK by Rhode Montijo
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Good, sticky fun. (Fantasy. 6-10)"
Gum Girl is back in this second adventure. Read full book review >
LET'S PRETEND WE NEVER MET by Melissa Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"This honest, pleasant ode to true friendships draws readers in and offers gentle, kid-friendly guidance to maintaining relationships that matter. (Fiction. 9-12)"
You make a quirky new friend whom other kids shun. How to manage this friendship and still fit in at school? Read full book review >
PRUDENCE THE PART-TIME COW by Jody Jensen Shaffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A well-meant effort, but not outstanding in its field…er pasture. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Prudence is not like the rest of the herd. Read full book review >
LISTEN by Leda Schubert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Schubert and Colón ably demonstrate one of their book's final assertions: 'there really was nobody like Pete Seeger.' (Picture book/biography. 4-9)"
Pete Seeger's lifelong commitment to songwriting, singing, and activism made him a beloved figure in American music. Read full book review >
BLUE SKY WHITE STARS by Sarvinder Naberhaus
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Naberhaus and Nelson give new life to Old Glory for the youngest of readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sparsely worded and rich in symbols, this oversize picture book speaks boldly, both visually and textually. Read full book review >
THE QUEST FOR Z by Greg Pizzoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A superb snapshot of an adventurer. (author's note, appendix, glossary, selected sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Pizzoli resurrects an early-20th-century mystery in this riveting portrait of Percy Fawcett, a renowned British explorer who vanished during an ill-fated hunt for a "lost" city. Read full book review >
FERGUS AND ZEKE by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Here's to more adventures for Fergus and Zeke! (Early reader 6-9)"
A class pet decides not to miss the class field trip to the Museum of Natural 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 >