Children's Book Reviews (page 8)

PINE & BOOF BLAST OFF by Ross Burach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"As Boof writes, 'Adventure on!' (and soon, please). (Picture book. 3-8)"
The irrepressible porcupine-and-bear duo is back, this time on a rescue mission to space. Read full book review >
MAKING A FRIEND by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A sure recipe for making a friend…real or snow. (Picture book. 3-7)"
While making things isn't the same as making friends, sometimes one can lead to the other. Read full book review >

ETHAN MARCUS MAKES HIS MARK by Michele Weber Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A satisfying sequel. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Ethan Marcus learns that he, too, has tenacity and determination, although he is in so many ways unlike his not-quite-a-year-older sister, Erin. Read full book review >
TWILIGHT OF THE ELVES by Zack Loran  Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A second story that lacks steam. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Now that the Adventurers Guild has saved Freestone in an epic battle in the series' eponymous first installment (2017), new dangers lurk that are now not necessarily beyond the city's walls. Read full book review >
IT WASN'T ME by Dana Alison Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A timely, introspective whodunit with a lot of heart. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Six seventh-graders in small-town Massachusetts reluctantly spend school vacation week participating in a restorative-practice justice circle in hopes of identifying a vandal. Read full book review >

BETTER YOU THAN ME by Jessica Brody
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Clichés and superficiality aside, a fun read for anyone who might wish they could be someone else for a little while. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
The familiar body-swap scenario gets a further magic twist in this comedic middle school fantasy. Read full book review >
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Anna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 12, 2018

"Perhaps not a child's first version of the familiar carol, but a whimsical, delightful take when more literal ones have been read and put aside, as well as a handsome gift book for adults. (Picture book. 5-adult)"
Eye-catching illustrations and some unusual interpretations distinguish this picture-book version of the traditional carol. Read full book review >
WHEN WOLVES HOWL by Georgia Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2018

"To be wolfed down by lovers of lupines in particular and by fans of animal stories generally. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Get up-close and personal with a family of wolves. Read full book review >
YOUNG BUCKS STAND TALL by Matt Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 9, 2018

"Moments of fun are present, but surely there are better and more inclusive choices for young wrestling fans. (Graphic fiction. 4-7)"
Professional-wrestler siblings encourage tenacity. Read full book review >
TOILET TROUBLE by Brett Fleishman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2018

"Children may enjoy the silliness and rollicking rhythms despite a few flaws."
This second volume of rhyming verse for children offers humorous takes on various situations. Read full book review >
TESS THE TRACTOR by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"These driverless vehicles aren't quite road ready. (Board book. 2-4)"
Another series of board books about trucks hopes to find an audience in a crowded marketplace. Read full book review >
LITTLE DREAMERS by Vashti Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Another volume to enrich every household, school, and library and inspire another generation of dreamers. (further resources, sources, glossary) (Collective biography. 9-13)"
This illustrated collection of diverse biographies profiles women from around the world and throughout history who dreamed big and then lived those 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 >