Children's Book Reviews (page 9)

HEY BLACK CHILD by Useni Eugene Perkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"All black children need to know Perkins' prideful poem, possibly by heart, because it's really that doggone good. (Picture book. 3-10)"
A poem by a celebrated Chicago playwright and long beloved within the Black History Month tradition about the achievement, potential, and ancestral joy incubated within the black experience. Read full book review >
BEAR AND CHICKEN by Jannie Ho
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A sweet tale of expectations upended. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Bear says he's having chicken for lunch, what exactly does he mean? Read full book review >

AMY THE RED PANDA IS WRITING THE BEST STORY IN THE WORLD by Colleen AF Venable
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A story that may encourage readers to be writers, too. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A paean to playfulness and following one's own vision as essential to creativity. Read full book review >
PLAYDATES RULE! by Rob McClurkan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Even a list of rules can't stop the ruckus or the fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A pachyderm playdate is not quite what Mom and Dad had in mind. Read full book review >
LITTLE OWL'S EGG by Debi Gliori
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A reassuring read for little ones awaiting new babies in their families. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Little Owl has big feelings when Mommy says there will soon be a new baby owl in their family. Read full book review >

LOLA'S RULES FOR FRIENDSHIP by Jenna McCarthy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Lola's pointers should stand young friends-to-be in good stead. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lola is one confident kid, and she happens to have some great advice about making friends. Read full book review >
THE LIFEBOAT THAT SAVED THE WORLD by Irving Finkel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fascinating tale, worthy of retelling, that includes plenty of smoothly incorporated details of life in Mesopotamia. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Many are familiar with the biblical story of Noah's Ark. Finkel retells a much earlier ark tale, discovered in the cuneiform writing of the people of Mesopotamia. Read full book review >
LILY'S MOUNTAIN by Hanna  Moderow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"If Dad seems less a character than a collection of folksy forest do's and don'ts, the author's practice of recounting terrifying events in a matter-of-fact tone (an Alaskan specialty) renders the sisters' journey more than sufficiently compelling. (Adventure. 10-12)"
Her dad has climbed Denali, North America's highest mountain, six times, so when he's reported as having fallen to his death in a deep crevasse, narrator Lily, 12, knows better than to believe it. Read full book review >
GOLDELINE by Jimmy Cajoleas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A folksy fairy tale bridging The Robber Bridegroom and Beasts of the Southern Wild. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A Bible-loving, magic-using orphan and her reluctant companion plunge into the deep dark woods in this Southern fantasy. Read full book review >
THE BLUE JAY BLUES by Andrea  Hagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2017

"An original, charming animal tale that needs a little more visual variety."
A blue jay convinces the other birds that it can play beautiful music with them in this rhyming, rhythmic first picture book from Hagan (A Big Helping of Southern with a Pinch of Poetry: A Sassy Southern Journal, 2017) with vibrant images by debut illustrator Perrin. Read full book review >
AGE OF ATLANTIS by Jo Whittemore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Kara and her team may be super, but this adventure is just OK. (Adventure. 8-12)"
The popular TV series branches out into print. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Best adapted for browsing but with some nutritious bits for students of paleontology or animal evolution in general. (Informational picture book. 10-13)"
A portrait gallery of extinct creatures, "scary, attractive, or a little bit bizarre to our eyes," posed with modern relatives. 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 >