Children's Book Reviews (page 5)

HAVE YOU SEEN MY LUNCH BOX? by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"This may turn the dreaded morning routine into a game, and what could be more welcome than that? (Board book. 2-5)"
A getting-ready-for-school book for little ones who are learning their colors. Read full book review >
EXPLORING SPACE by Martin Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A coherent if unexceptional overview of the subject given a solid boost by the visuals. (index, timeline, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Finely detailed cutaway views of spacecraft and satellites launch a broad account of space exploration's past, present, and near future. Read full book review >

DOUBLE TAKE!  by Susan Hood
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Ideal for the thoughtful, deliberative child. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A white child, a black cat, and a friendly blue elephant give a fresh new twist to the concept of opposites. Read full book review >
A VILLAGE IS A BUSY PLACE! by V. Geetha
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A clever format and appealing content provide a joyful glimpse at another culture. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Designed to suggest a scroll created by the Patuas, an artisan community in West Bengal, this title presents a day in the life of the Santhal people—an indigenous Indian people. Read full book review >
KISSES FOR KINDERGARTEN by Livingston Crouse
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Dog owners who dread being apart during school hours will empathize with Stella Isabella. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl decides kindergarten isn't for her and decides to stay home and have her beloved yellow pup teach her instead. Read full book review >

THE GIANT'S SEAT by Dave Butler
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"An entertaining sequel that leaves readers wanting more. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A new adventure awaits Charlie Pondicherry and his ragtag band of uncanny friends. Read full book review >
JOPLIN, WISHING by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"With magic and a bit of danger, and touching on themes of family, loss, friendship, misunderstandings, kindness, and second chances, Joplin and Sofie's story is not soon forgotten. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Stanley's fantasy offers an enticing blend of suspense, an ancient curse, a lonely girl, a hint of romance, and a fairy-tale trope. Read full book review >
14 HOLLOW ROAD by Jenn Bishop
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A readable novel that won't linger long in anyone's memory. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Tornadoes aren't supposed to happen in Hitchcock, Massachusetts. Read full book review >
THE GREAT GRANNY CAKE CONTEST! by Tracey Corderoy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"This accessible series should lead young readers to the groaning shelves of middle-grade fantasy that await. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Pandora and her granny return in a new set of stories about witches who cannot refrain from using magic. Read full book review >
A DOG LIKE DAISY by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Daisy is distinctive and memorable, and this depiction of PTSD is useful, making this a fine, compelling tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Remember Black Beauty? Read full book review >
THE QUEST TO THE UNCHARTED LANDS by Jaleigh Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A full-throttle fanfare for those with a predilection for alchemy, adventure, and a little anarchy. (map, glossary) (Steampunk. 11-15)"
Well-behaved girls seldom make history…or save ill-fated airships from menacing saboteurs. Read full book review >
EMILY AND THE SPELLSTONE by Michael Rubens
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Abrakadonculous! Especially good fun for a rainy afternoon or a not-too-groggy sick day. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When a forlorn 12-year-old girl finds an enchanted beach stone shaped like a cellphone, suddenly everything starts to get pretty darn weird…. 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 >