Children's Book Reviews (page 8)

THE BOY'S BODY BOOK by Kelli Dunham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"This introduction to puberty may be particularly helpful for boys just entering that stage. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
A guide for navigating male adolescence. Read full book review >
PIGSTICKS AND HAROLD LOST IN TIME! by Alex Milway
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"More inspired silliness, even if some of the more oblique references do go over the heads of younger chapter-book readers. (Adventure. 7-10)"
The baking skills of Pigsticks' timorous buddy, Harold, come in handy when an out-of-control time machine sends the two careening through history and prehistory. Read full book review >

ADDISON COOKE AND THE TOMB OF THE KHAN by Jonathan W. Stokes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Been there, done that. (Adventure. 8-13)"
Pompous, pedantic, school-blazer-sporting Addison Cooke is off to the Gobi Desert. Read full book review >
SUPERFAIL by Max  Brunner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An entertaining book that seems it would really rather be a cartoon show. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 8-12)"
A less-than-super superhero and his equally awkward friends try to save their town without destroying it. Read full book review >
LOCOMOTIVE by Julian  Tuwim
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"While there is some child appeal, particularly in the second story, this title is likely to be of most interest to historians and scholars of the picture book. (Picture book. 5-adult)"
A Polish children's book from the 1930s is reissued in English for 21st-century readers. Read full book review >

BEAR HUG by Susanna Isern
by Susanna Isern, illustrated by Betania Zacarias, translated by Ben Dawlatly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"While the book may have had good intentions, its errors make it one to skip. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Protagonist Natuk rescues an abandoned bear cub. Read full book review >
THE SCARY WIND by Pablo  Albo
by Pablo Albo, illustrated by Gómez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"This pair of Spanish friends should find fans in the States. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Are those swirling leaves…or a monster!? Read full book review >
PENELOPE MARCH IS MELTING by Jeffrey Michael Ruby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Like the turnips that serve as daily bread in Glacier Cove, this is hard to swallow. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
An avid reader becomes a "plucky heroine" in real life. Read full book review >
THE FOX AND THE WILD by Clive McFarland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"There's lots that appeals: a polite but determined fox, just enough danger, and plenty of colorful art. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A fox named Fred quests for a life away from his native city. Read full book review >
WHICHWOOD by Tahereh Mafi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Memorable new characters experience the restorative power of friendship in this darkly fascinating, somewhat ghoulish sequel to Furthermore.(Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to Furthermore (2016), kindhearted Alice and friend Oliver travel from Ferenwood to wintery Whichwood with the assigned task of saving "a very strange" girl from a terrible fate. Read full book review >
WHISTLING IN THE DARK by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fine war novel about living life despite trying circumstances. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Schoolgirl Joan Armitage is trying to adjust to life in her suburb near Liverpool in 1940, when everyone tries to carry on a normal life despite nightly air raids on the Liverpool docks by the Luftwaffe. Read full book review >
DOLLS OF WAR by Shirley Parenteau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"The story seems to be trying hard to provide substance, but readers will notice the effort it takes. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A young white girl tries to hold onto a special Japanese doll in the racially charged aftermath of the Pearl Harbor bombings in this third book about the Friendship Dolls. 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 >