Children's Book Reviews (page 8)

SQUARE by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"For all its brevity, chockablock with philosophical topics to ponder and debate. (Picture book. 10-adult)"
In the wake of Triangle (2017), a further raft of ontological posers in stripped-down geometric garb. Read full book review >
HEDGEHOG! by Ashlyn Anstee
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"An easily applicable allegory full of dreamy bigheartedness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Winter is closing in, and one selfish soul is not opening his door to those in need of shelter. Read full book review >

DAD BY MY SIDE by Soosh
Kirkus Star
by Soosh, illustrated by Soosh
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Indeed, with a dad like this by a child's side, there is little that cannot be accomplished. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In her debut, Soosh celebrates the bond between a father and his daughter. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT DOLPHINS by Maxwell Eaton III
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"This third in an engaging series of 'seriously funny facts about your favorite animals' will both please and inform. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Facts about dolphins, fancifully presented. Read full book review >
THE DETECTIVE DOG by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Detective Dog Nell is quite a satisfactory sleuth. Surely she has more cases to solve? (Picture book. 3-7)"
A talented dog named Nell uses her acute sense of smell to solve mysteries in her neighborhood, including the complete disappearance of a classroom library. Read full book review >

HELLO MY NAME IS . . . by Marisa Polansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"A sweet dessert for storytime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An octopus and his tank mates agree that the scientist studying him has found the perfect name. Read full book review >
TINY INFINITIES by J.H. Diehl
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"A quiet story with a likable protagonist. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The summer she turns 13, Alice struggles to hold on to the family life that has been slipping away since her mother's major car accident a year ago. Read full book review >
STEP BY STEP by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Effortlessly enlightening. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
Very young readers trail paths of baby-animal tracks to reveal unique attributes for each. Read full book review >
LITTLE HELPERS by Michéle Brummer Everett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Well-intentioned but visually bland and textually inconsistent. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
From guide dogs to therapy pigs, Everett introduces a small menagerie of service, therapy, and support animals. Read full book review >
CRASH! BOOM! A MATH TALE by Robie H. Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Elephant's pure joy in exploration and success are sure to be catching, so make sure the blocks are close at hand. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An elephant tot stacks wooden blocks to measure height. Read full book review >
BIGGER! BIGGER! by Leslie Patricelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Hooray! Hooray! Again! Again! (Picture book. 2-4)"
Building-block play is fodder for a little girl's imagination. Read full book review >
NIGHT OUT by Daniel Miyares
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"A luminous allegory that celebrates the necessity of connection. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lonely child's dream of a joyous party with animal friends becomes a bridge to friendship with other children. 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 >