Children's Book Reviews (page 5)

A MOON FOR MOE AND MO by Jane Breskin Zalben
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A gem. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The tale of a nascent friendship between Moses Feldman and Mohammed Hassan, two kids from Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York; they have different backgrounds…yet so many things in common. Read full book review >
BUGS AND OTHER LITTLE CREATURES by Stéphanie Babin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Though it isn't built to last, scientifically minded preschoolers will be abuzz over this multisensory board book. (Informational board book. 2-5)"
Feel a bee's fuzzy body or marvel at holographic butterfly wings in this tactile board book. Read full book review >

WHO AM I? by Tristan Mory
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"The elegant simplicity of the artwork, content, and format should make this a repeatable favorite for kids and caregivers alike. (Board book. 1-3)"
Sturdy, slide-and-see puzzles introduce toddlers to a few favorite animals in this French import. Read full book review >
OCEAN by Ines Adam
by Ines Adam, illustrated by Olivier Latyk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"The pieces are certain to end up scattered far and wide, but in the meantime, they do offer practice matching flora, fauna, and general sights to various oceanic settings and shores. (Novelty. 3-5)"
Forty-five magnetized items stored in a sturdy pocket can be used to fill up six nautical scenes. Read full book review >
ATTACK OF THE 50-FOOT FLUFFY by Mike  Boldt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Pair with a book that will teach children alternatives to unleashing their own inner Fluffys. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Unlike Molly Bang's Sophie, when Claire gets angry, there are some significant consequences. Read full book review >

SKELLY'S HALLOWEEN by David Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A Halloween anatomy lesson sure to tickle funny bones. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Head and shoulders, knees and toes. / Trick-or-treating, here we goes!" Read full book review >
ALMOST INVISIBLE by Maureen Garvie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"The tale of Jewel's determined struggle is moving but weakened by Maya's bad case of savior-itis. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A 13-year-old girl flees her abusive home to live secretly in her school. Read full book review >
THE DOLLAR KIDS by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A rich, thoughtful exploration of individual and community resilience. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A family relocates to a former mill town, lured by the opportunity to reset their lives by starting a business and purchasing a run-down house for $1. Read full book review >
A BUNCH OF PUNCTUATION by Lee Bennett Hopkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Both playful and enlightening, period. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
A collection of peppy poems and clever pictures explains different forms of punctuation. Read full book review >
THE DRESS AND THE GIRL by Camille Andros
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A gentle tale well-suited for family-history and creative-writing units. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Around the turn of the last century, a Greek village girl wears her beloved red dress as she goes about her daily life only to be separated from it when the family emigrates. Read full book review >
ELIZABETH WARREN by Susan Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A strong, upbeat introduction to a bold figure. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
An affectionate picture-book biography of Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren. Read full book review >
TOTALLY MIDDLE SCHOOL by Betsy Groban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A solid anthology for young readers, if somewhat lacking cohesion. (Anthology. 9-13)"
In 11 stories, editor Groban has compiled a collection for the 12-year-old in all of us from beloved authors such as Karen Cushman, David Wiesner, Margarita Engle, and Lois Lowry. 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 >