Children's Book Reviews (page 6)

ROCK WHAT YA GOT by Samantha Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A book for new and seasoned artists alike. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An artist's sketch of a little girl comes alive with a message of self-love in Berger and Kerascoët's debut collaboration. Read full book review >
SUPER SIMPLE SUMI-E by Yvonne Palka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Charming, practical, and a good guide to using a brush to create simple illustrations. (Informational picture book. 7-12)"
Palka offers an accessible introduction to sumi-e, or Japanese ink painting, through simple illustrated techniques and appealing animals. Read full book review >

THROUGH THE WINDOW by Barb Rosenstock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Despite sparkling prose, look elsewhere. (author's note, art reproductions, sources) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
Moishe Shagal leaves his home in Belarus and grows up to become acclaimed artist Marc Chagall. Read full book review >
THE SUN IS KIND OF A BIG DEAL by Nick Seluk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"This charming star shines bright. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A humorous introduction to our sun and the solar system. Read full book review >
AN INCONVENIENT ALPHABET by Beth Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Deelytful and iloominaating for noo and seesuned reeders alyk. (author's and illustrator's notes, quotation sources, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Two Founding Fathers team up for their own miniature revolution—to simplify and standardize American English. Read full book review >

THE SECOND STORY by Neil Patrick Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A heartfelt sequel that primes audiences for the next installment. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Magic Misfits are back for another outing. Read full book review >
THE HAUNTING OF HOUNDS HOLLOW by Jeffrey Salane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Middle-grade horror is a difficult genre; Salane's attempt will appeal only to some. (Horror. 8-12)"
A mysteriously ill boy fights off undead dogs in this spooky middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
TRAPPED! by James Ponti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A top-shelf test of courage, friendship, and ingenuity. (Mystery. 11-13)"
Seventh-grade sleuths visit their local libraries and unmask a Russian spy ring. Read full book review >
A DASTARDLY PLOT by Christopher  Healy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A zany, rollicking series opener. (author's note) (Historical fantasy. 8-14)"
An inventor's daughter must stop a plot targeting New York City's World's Fair in 1883. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE by M.T. Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Monty Python teams up with Maxwell Smart for a wrestling match with Tolkien—splendid. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Spy thrills meet fantasy rivalries as an elitist elf and a bookish goblin strike up a cross-cultural kerfuffle in Anderson and Yelchin's collaborative meditation on prejudice. Read full book review >
A GOOD DAY FOR DUCKS by Jane Whittingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 2018

"Just right to enjoy after a rainy-day outing while sipping a cup of hot chocolate and perhaps wearing a pair of bunny slippers. (Picture book. 1-4)"
In this Canadian import, a brother and sister play outside in the rain and then enjoy a snack and art activity together. Read full book review >
BUNNY ROMERO'S WHITE HOUSE ADVENTURE by Margie Blumberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2018

"Funny, warm, and unreflective of the current White House."
In this rhyming, illustrated children's book, a young girl goes to the White House for a field trip and makes an unscheduled visit to the kitchen. 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 >