Children's Book Reviews (page 5)

GRACE AND KATIE by Susanne Merritt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"A pleasant hymn to sisterly cooperation. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two sisters, both passionate about drawing but with very different aesthetics, learn the value of collaboration. Read full book review >
50 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR by John D. Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"It's the details that grab readers' attention here instead of the big picture. (thumbnail bios, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This series entry delivers exactly what the title says. Read full book review >

50 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE VIKINGS by Philip Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Piecemeal—but loaded to the gunwales with glittering hoards of historical detail. (maps, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A chronicle of the spread of Vikings and Viking culture, from early raids to Wagner's Ring cycle and Tolkien. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Assorted revelations for enquirers who prefer their science straight up but not without occasional (semi-) comical relief. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
More answers to questions common and otherwise from the veteran author of Ask a Science Teacher (2013). Read full book review >
A JOURNEY THROUGH TRANSPORTATION by Tom Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"A history of transportation, indeed, and a book of wonders as well. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
From putting one foot in front of the other to the X-37B space drone, Jackson and Shepherd combine to make the path of transportation as wiggly-wriggly as a night crawler—and as crazily alluring. Read full book review >

CLIVE IS A NURSE by Jessica Spanyol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Clive is a star! (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
A stellar board book—one of four—about pretend play that subverts gender stereotypes. Read full book review >
IMMIGRATION  by Harriet Brundle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Minor misstep aside, Brundle's objective treatment of this timely and controversial topic is both highly informative and accessible to a broad range of children and adults. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 6-11)"
What does it feel like to suddenly find yourself and your family on the move—facing an uncertain future while taking only what you can carry? What happens when a parent's job dictates that the entire family migrate not only to another country, but perhaps to another continent? Read full book review >
MICROBES by Amy  Gallagher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Scanty for a stand-alone guide but definitely a vocabulary enricher. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
A playful introduction to bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, archaea, and protozoa. Read full book review >
LUNA LOVES LIBRARY DAY by Joe  Coehlo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Reassuring, appealing, and endearing, especially for children in similar situations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What makes library day so special for Luna? Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A NINJA! by Chris  Conti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"'Booyakasha!' Readers can be ninjas just like the heroes on the half shell. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
"It's Turtle Time!" Read full book review >
LIAM MCPHEE AND THE THIEF OF LAUGHTER by M. Evangeline
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"A magic tale that offers fun for young readers, but skews toward adults in scope."
In this middle-grade fantasy debut, a group of children hopes to thwart the malicious schemes of Scotland's Dark Faeries. Read full book review >
LOST!  by Joanne C.  Hillhouse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 2017

"An appealing book, all the more so for being based on real life."
A daydreaming Arctic seal finds himself lost in tropical waters in this children's picture book. 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 >