Children's Book Reviews (page 5)

THE TRUTH ABOUT ELEPHANTS by Maxwell Eaton III
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"Like the rest of the series, charming, informative, and effective. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
In his fourth book exploring "seriously funny facts about your favorite animals," Eaton delivers "tons of information" about elephants. Read full book review >
WHAT'S FOR BREAKFAST? by Denys Cazet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"Pip's parting thought is a lesson for all: 'Pip wondered what else someone as small as a mouse might know.' It's delightfully elastic, too, for readers encouraged to think beyond the animal kingdom. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When an owl stops to consider the words of a mouse, it changes his point of view and improves his swooping skills. Read full book review >

THE PRINCE PROBLEM by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"A royal adventure with archetype-shattering characters. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A spellbound prince and an abducted princess must work together to defeat their enemies. Read full book review >
GAMER ARMY by Trent Reedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"Authentic gamer action meets classic sci-fi themes and leaves room for sequels. (Science fiction. 8-14)"
Twelve-year-old gamers at an elite tournament uncover secrets. Read full book review >
COURAGEOUS by Yona Zeldis McDonough
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"A mostly historically accurate, though not terribly engaging retelling of Operation Dynamo. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-olds Aidan and Sally sail a tiny fishing boat across the English Channel and risk their lives rescuing trapped Allied soldiers from Dunkirk. Read full book review >

ALL IS MERRY AND BRIGHT by Jeffrey Burton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Display this shimmering keepsake under the tree every Christmas to remember the spirit of the season. (Board book. 1-4)"
This oversized board book may be too heavy for little children to lift, but the foil-clad pages will draw their eyes. Read full book review >
THE SQUIRREL MANIFESTO by Ric Edelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A worthy message is sullied by blatant commercialism. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This rhyming picture book features young squirrels who learn to save, spend, and give back. Read full book review >
I DO NOT LIKE BOOKS ANYMORE! by Daisy Hirst
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Learning to read can be hard, and this book offers youngsters tackling the skill needed sympathy. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Monster siblings Alphonse and Natalie (Alphonse, That Is Not OK to Do! 2016) return in a sympathetic story about learning to read. Read full book review >
WHO LEFT THE LIGHT ON? by Richard Marnier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"From little variations in habit, big changes occur, and everyone seems happier, including young readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"This is my town, / simple and typical. / Each house has a door, / two windows, a red roof / —all so predictable." Read full book review >
YES I CAN! by Kendra J. Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Pedantic and, contrary to its goal, exoticizing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A girl who uses a wheelchair goes about her everyday life. Read full book review >
I'M IN CHARGE! by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"The 'terrible twos' come alive at the savanna watering hole. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little rhino gets his comeuppance after gleefully disrupting everyone else's day. Read full book review >
FOUND by Jeff Newman
Kirkus Star
by Jeff Newman, illustrated by Larry Day
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A story that will break hearts so it can put them back together. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After losing their own beloved pet, a young child finds and returns a lost puppy in this wordless picture book from Newman and Day. 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 >