Children's Book Reviews (page 5)

GOODNIGHT, BOY by Nikki Sheehan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A tension-filled and provocative premise commands readers' attention even if it ultimately misses the mark. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A boy newly arrived to the United States is locked in an outdoor kennel by his abusive adoptive father in this thriller. Read full book review >
THERE'S A DRAGON IN MY CLOSET  by Dorothea  Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A miss. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Is there or isn't there a dragon in the closet? Read full book review >

YOU MUST BRING A HAT! by Simon Philip
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Mounting exasperation, preposterous rules, and just plain fun make this party a surefire hit. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A little boy is invited to a party. The only stipulation is that he must bring a hat, which proves to be a lot more complicated than it sounds. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED RIDING SHEEP by Linda Lodding
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Both chortle-inducing and whiny at turns, this proves there's nothing new under the metafictive sun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Arnold the sheep desperately wants to be part of the story…with a few modifications. Read full book review >
ANOTHER WAY TO CLIMB A TREE by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Engaging for climbers and dreamers alike. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young tree lover finds a way to climb into the leafy branches even when she is sick and confined indoors. Read full book review >

EVEN FAIRIES FART by Jennifer Stinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"These fairies fall flat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Are fairy tales really as perfect as they seem? Read full book review >
MR. BIDDLES by Kristine A. Lombardi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"An unlikely duo in an unbelievable story that doesn't quite feel well-constructed in the end. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An unpredictable tale of a surprising friendship. Read full book review >
TEA WITH OLIVER by Mika Song
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Charming and as sweet as a tea cake. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Oliver (a white cat with orange spots) wishes for a friend he can share a pot of tea with. Read full book review >
WHAT MAKES A MONSTER? by Jess Keating
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Lurid design detracts from the helpful message that even ugly, scary animals deserve protection. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
An invitation to consider the title question through descriptions of 17 animals with monstrous features or habits. Read full book review >
HERE COMES TEACHER CAT by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Not Cat's funniest outing, but readers may get a kick out of imagining what adventures they might have with their own substitute teachers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cat is back, a busy schedule of naps interrupted by some substitute teaching when Ms. Melba gets sick. Will Cat survive? Read full book review >
SUNBEAM'S SHINE by Emily Bliss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Standard-issue girlie wish fulfillment. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
A unicorn-loving girl goes to a magical world to help a unicorn princess. Read full book review >
PATRICK GRIFFIN'S FIRST BIRTHDAY ON ITH by Ned Rust
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"The jokes, however, have improved since the first volume, and kids with a taste for weirdness will be eager to start again with Book 3. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Patrick Griffin's second adventure seems to start over with every chapter. 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 >