Children's Book Reviews (page 6)

THE BOY AND THE WHALE by Mordicai Gerstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Bravo for a courageous boy's achievement. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy defies his father's warning and rescues a whale tangled in their sole fishing net. Read full book review >
THE SECRET TO CLARA'S CALM by Tamara  Levitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Even for New Age parents and kids, Clara may be just too calm. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Mindfulness is the new hot topic in education, so this effort could be a timely addition to the "picture books for parenting" shelf. Read full book review >

TAMBA HALI  by David Seigerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A positive, dramatic football biography likely to encourage global and historical research. (Biography. 8-15)"
The story of NFL linebacker Tamba Hali's path from a childhood in war-torn Liberia to becoming one of the Kansas City Chiefs' all-time greats. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE CHICK by Wendy Hartmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 2017

"A definite hit. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A South African import with echoes of "Chicken Little" and other absurd chain-of-events tales. Read full book review >
THE DISCOVERY OF RAMEN by Phil Amara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2017

"A fun read that explores Japanese culture and culinary history—just don't expect a literary tour de force. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-10)"
A time-traveling red panda gives two American schoolkids a tour of the history of ramen. Read full book review >

HERE WE ARE by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Big ideas ably packed into little, bright packages. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Addressing his infant son about what it means to live on Earth, the author/illustrator offers a mix of planetary facts, quotations, bits of advice, and illustrations. Read full book review >
THE NUTCRACKER by Shobhna Patel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A pretty showcase for the artist but, considering the plethora of other renditions available, unsuited as preparation for attending a performance, a self-contained tale, or even, without some finagling, exhibition. (Pop-up picture book. 6-8)"
Parades of graceful dancers in and between intricately cut pop-up scenes decorate a slimmed-down version of the ever popular Christmas ballet. Read full book review >
KNIGHTOLOGY by Dugald A. Steer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"More a few quick stabs at the topic than a solid bashing—but lively despite its relatively light load of bells and whistles. (Fictionalized informational novelty. 9-11)"
A charge through the glory days of knighthood, led by a latter-day Master of the Secret Order of the Round Table. Read full book review >
HACK AND WHACK by Francesca Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Exhausting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Even Vikings need to sleep. Read full book review >
RECESS WARRIORS by Marcus Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A vigorous celebration of outdoor, imaginative play. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)"
In this lighthearted sequel to Recess Warriors: Hero Is a Four-Letter Word (2017), recess drama continues. Read full book review >
LIFE ON SURTSEY by Loree Griffin Burns
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An amazing science adventure well worth the trip. (glossary, further information resources, source notes, bibliography, acknowledgements, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Visit a nearly pristine world with an entomologist who's studied this new island almost since its birth in 1963. Read full book review >
HARPER AND THE CIRCUS OF DREAMS by Cerrie Burnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A winsome tale that will make the minds of early chapter-book readers sparkle. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Harper seeks the origins of the song she hears only in her dreams. 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 >