Children's Book Reviews (page 5)

THE WIZARD'S DOG FETCHES THE GRAIL by Eric Kahn Gale
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Readers won over by Nosewise's heart and doggy point of view in The Wizard's Dog (2017) will welcome him back. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The death of Nivian, beloved Lady of the Lake, prompts a second expedition into the Fae Otherworld for Merlin's intrepid talking dog and his human "pack." Read full book review >
THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILT by Mae Respicio
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"This delightful debut welcomes readers in like a house filled with love. (Fiction. 8-13)"
A 13-year-old biracial girl longs to build the house of her dreams. Read full book review >

NOTHING STOPPED SOPHIE by Cheryl Bardoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"As an entree into the world of mathematics, this portrait of a quiet heroine is elegant, striking, and sure to inspire. (biographical and historical notes, bibliography, author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A girl mathematician? Impossible! Read full book review >
LITTLE ROBOT ALONE by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A book to cherish for years to come. (Picture book. 4-6)"
What do you do when you're all alone? If you're a robot, you make your own friends! Read full book review >
BEAR'S SCARE by Jacob Grant
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A sweet, feel-good story with plenty of interesting visual detail. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A house-proud bear is convinced that his house is clean and everything inside is in shipshape condition. Read full book review >

HEARTBEAT by Evan Turk
by Evan Turk, illustrated by Evan Turk
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A memorable journey for sophisticated readers. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-10)"
In this artistically rendered picture book, a whale lives through 200 years of human history, taking readers from the brutal whaling industry to activism for harmony with the ocean and its creatures. Read full book review >
TWO PROBLEMS FOR SOPHIA by Jim Averbeck
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Fun, clever, and empowering, this is the rare case of a sequel that outshines its predecessor. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-9) "
Sophia proves she's not only a gifted linguist and negotiator (One Word from Sophia, 2015), but a brilliant engineer, as well. Read full book review >
RUSSELL WRESTLES THE RELATIVES by Cindy Chambers Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"When read with a TV-announcer voice, the exaggerated mayhem of text and illustration could make for a kooky KO at storytime. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Mushy family reunions? With Russell's family they're more mashy than anything else. Read full book review >
WHAT THE LADYBUG HEARD NEXT by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A whimsical sequel. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The ladybug returns to foil another barnyard theft (What the Ladybug Heard, 2010). Read full book review >
FRUIT BOWL by Mark Hoffmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Inessential. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Ripe with puns, this tale turns on the question. Read full book review >
HERO VS. VILLAIN by T. Nat Fuller
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Positive, engaging, and, most of all, fun; an outstanding introduction to derring-do. (Board book. 18 mos-4)"
Eye-popping adventure served up with lessons in opposites and conflict resolution. Read full book review >
ROCKET ROBINSON AND THE PHARAOH'S FORTUNE by Sean O'Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A wild adventure tainted by Orientalism. (Graphic adventure. 8-12)"
In his first week in Cairo, 12-year-old Ronald "Rocket" Robinson finds careering adventure. 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 >