Children's Book Reviews (page 8)

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"More than informative, this ecological adventure calls for action. (glossary, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
From microscopic organisms to apex predators, all life relies on Earth's rich resources. Read full book review >
SLEEPY, THE GOODNIGHT BUDDY by Drew Daywalt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Bedtime-bookshelf fodder. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Will a goodnight buddy help restless Roderick fall asleep? Read full book review >

OLIVER by Josh Crute
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A gentle reminder that runners-up are important, too. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Oliver, a giant sequoia tree, works hard but unsuccessfully to become the largest living thing on Earth, until he realizes that he is part of something even larger. Read full book review >
WHERE HAS THE TIGER GONE? by Dhavat Singh Uikey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A rare and distinctive perspective on the relationship between people and tigers, though with specialized appeal. (Picture book. 10-adult)"
Tiger stories from the Gond people, one of the largest Indigenous groups in South Asia. Read full book review >
ME AND MY FEAR by Francesca Sanna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A universal book that can be used to explain fear to readers and give empathy to those in a new environment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this companion to The Journey (2017), Sanna reminds readers that the journey for refugees is far from over even after they find a new home. Read full book review >

THE MONSTER MALL by Drew Weing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"The graphic narrative points out that different is not necessarily bad and that humans and monsters are afraid of one another primarily because of misinformation and miscommunication—a valuable lesson for human-human relations as well. (Graphic fantasy. 8-13)"
In the sequel to The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo (2017), aspiring journalist Charles Thompson works closely with Margo Maloo, who resolves problems between children and the monsters they encounter. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE OF THE LITTLE BROWN BAT by Laurence Pringle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A simple but effective appreciation. (author's note, glossary) (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
The activities of a young brown bat over his first summer on his own serve as introduction to the most widespread bat species in the U.S. Read full book review >
THE THRIFTY GUIDE TO ANCIENT GREECE by Jonathan W. Stokes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"This book is stuffed with fascinating information, but its presentation reinforces an us-versus-them mentality, with Europe on top. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
The details of life in ancient Greece are presented as a travel guide for visitors from the future. Read full book review >
LEO GETS A CHECKUP by Anna McQuinn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A helpful way to prepare toddlers for a visit to the doctor with a character who's easy to love. (Picture book. 1-3)"
In this episode in the life of toddler Leo, younger brother to Lola (Lola Reads to Leo, 2012, etc.), his parents take him to the doctor's office for a checkup. Read full book review >
LIGHTS, CAMERA, CARMEN! by Anika Denise
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Carmen's moxie still charms, even when Eduardo is stealing the show. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Dramatic triple threat-in-training Carmen returns in another story of sibling love and sharing the spotlight. Read full book review >
A UNICORN NAMED SPARKLE'S FIRST CHRISTMAS by Amy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Merry and bright. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The joy of giving permeates Lucy's first Christmas with her unicorn in this series third after A New Friend for Sparkle (2017). Read full book review >
IF ANIMALS CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS by Ann Whitford Paul
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A sweet, cozy book to share with young children as Christmas approaches. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Over a dozen types of animal families show how they would celebrate this holiday season. 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 >