Children's Book Reviews (page 6)

SOPHIE JOHNSON, UNICORN EXPERT by Morag Hood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"From the sparkling shower of confetti on the book cover to the high-octane antics of an obsessed fan in a flower-petal tutu, this imaginative tale of a unicorn (non)sighting will appeal to the legions of fellow enthusiasts. (Picture book. 4-6)"
This story's protagonist is extremely serious about her favorite subject: Every waking moment is spent conducting research about and training the 17 unicorns in her midst. Read full book review >
SWEET SENIOR PUPS by Kama Einhorn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Although the information presented is of high interest and accurate, some more scientifically minded readers may be put off by the use of animal voices. (Nonfiction/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
First in a pseudo-nonfiction series about animal sanctuaries is the tale of a rescue facility for elderly dogs in Maryland. Read full book review >

SEEING STARS by Sara Gillingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 19, 2018

"Disappointingly narrow in cultural perspective, nevertheless it's digestibly arranged and presented grist for young readers with a budding or even latent interest in sky watching. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A handsome portrait gallery and finding guide for the 88 "official" constellations. Read full book review >
THE FLOODED EARTH by Mardi McConnochie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 16, 2018

"Despite the post-disaster setting, an exciting and old-fashioned sailboat quest with pirates, secret codes, storms, and cannibals. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
A high-seas adventure stars 12-year-old twins Will and Annalie, who seek their missing father in a flooded, post-ecological-collapse world. Read full book review >
THE DISCOVERY OF FIREWORKS AND GUNPOWDER by Phil Amara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"In theory, a fun, STEAM-filled story idea; in execution, not so much. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
In this follow-up to The Discovery of Ramen (2018), Dao the red panda takes Emma and Ethan on another adventure. Read full book review >

BLANKET OF STARS by Jana Laiz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"Better bedtime books abound. (Picture book. 1-4)"
A bedtime book set to music. Read full book review >
FRUIT OF THE VINE by Ellen Weisberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"A well-intentioned, if peculiar, fantasy."
A troubled boy helps an outcast creature in this picture book. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH, NONNA by James Doti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"Readers should be touched by this bittersweet family tale and captivated by the frameworthy art."
In this picture book about losing a loved one, an author provides a look at his childhood relationship with his Italian grandmother. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON RIDGE TOMBS by Tianxia  Bachang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Lively and engaging. (Thriller. 11-15)"
Battered but unbowed after their last adventure (The City of Sand, 2017), grave robbers Tianyi and Kai match wits against a new cast of supernatural beings. Read full book review >
MARSHFIELD MEMORIES by Ralph Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Engaging episodes, not beyond the ken of the current generation and lit with just enough sentiment to give them a warm glow. (Memoir. 9-11)"
A second set of childhood memories from the author of Marshfield Dreams (2005)—these spun around the feeling of being an "in-betweener" in his family as eldest of eight (later nine) siblings. Read full book review >
READY, SET, GORILLA! by Melissa  Stoller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"With big pictures and few words on each page, a sure hit as a storytime read-aloud."
A gorilla learns a lesson about playing fairly with his friends in this preschool-perfect picture book by Stoller (Scarlet's Magic Paintbrush, 2018, etc.), with eye-catching illustrations by Bartholomew (Alphatangle, 2016, etc.).Read full book review >
WUNDERSMITH by Jessica Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A worthy title that deserves a spot on the fantasy shelves. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The tests are over; now it's time to get down to business. 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 >