Children's Book Reviews (page 5)

BOOK OR BELL? by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A zany, rollicking story with hilarious illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Henry ignores his school's loud bells and continues to read a mesmerizing book, chaos ensues—and several inept adults attempt to remedy the situation. Read full book review >
SAM & EVA by Debbie Ohi
by Debbie Ohi, illustrated by Debbie Ohi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Expressive, high-spirited one-upkidship via artwork on walls—there's nothing wrong with that. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A power tussle between two kids plays out through mischievous drawings. Read full book review >

WHERE, OH WHERE, IS BABY BEAR? by Ashley  Wolff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Twilit enchantment. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Mama and Baby Bear are back, enjoying a summer evening of foraging enlivened by an enthusiastic game of hide-and-seek. Read full book review >
SOMEDAY, NARWHAL by Lisa Mantchev
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The tender, kind friendship outweighs the flaws. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A tiny narwhal dreams of seeing the world beyond her fishbowl. Read full book review >
PRINCESS KITTY by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A far meow from purr-fectly original. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Princess Kitty's attendants throw a party in her honor. Ooh la la! Read full book review >

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by An  Leysen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2017

"Pretty but unexceptional considering the many comparable versions, conventional and otherwise, available. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-9)"
A plainspoken retelling of the classic tale with dreamy illustrations. Read full book review >
BENJI AND THE 24 POUND BANANA SQUASH by Alan C.  Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2017

"Gratifying. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Planting vegetables requires certain practices—some of which can become a bit comical—but with hard work comes great rewards. Read full book review >
THE THEORY OF HUMMINGBIRDS by Michelle Kadarusman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2017

"A quick, sweet read. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-11)"
Two friends learn to respect each other's big ideas. Read full book review >
ARTURO AND THE BIENVENIDO FEAST by Anne Broyles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2017

"Fans of uncomplicated, familycentric stories won't be disappointed. (Bilingual picture book. 4-7)"
The adventures of Arturo continue (Arturo and the Navidad Birds, 2013) as he and his grandmother prepare a Salvadoran-style welcome-to-the-family dinner for Tía Inés' fiance, Michael. Read full book review >
RIVERS, SEAS AND OCEANS by Mack
by Mack, illustrated by Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"Considering the flotilla of more watertight treatments available, a washout. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
A dip into the diverse bodies of water on our planet and some of the ways we interact with them. Read full book review >
WHERE ARE ALL THE MINNESOTANS? by Karlyn Coleman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"A peek into how people in the northern Midwest cope with their long, frigid winters with good humor, celebrations, sports, and activities until summer finally arrives. (Picture book. 4-7)"
There is nothing subtle about a picture book that asks, "Where are all the Minnesotans? Is it too cold to go outside?" Read full book review >
THE SEARCH FOR THE LOST PROPHECY by William Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"Historically accurate but unexciting. (Adventure. 9-12)"
When the portal to ancient Egypt is destroyed, 12-year-old Horace must find another way into the network and learn more about what it means to be a Time Keeper. 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 >