Children's Book Reviews (page 9)

HUNGRY BUNNY by Claudia Rueda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"As sweet as apple pie—though one slice might just be enough. (Picture book. 3-5) "
Bunny's back (Bunny Slopes, 2016), and this time they're hungry. Read full book review >
ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY HANUKKAH by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Share this joyous holiday tale of a Jewish immigrant family all year long. (glossary, author's note, illustrator's note, link to latke recipe, sources) (Picture book. 3-7)"
The first night of Hanukkah brings initial disappointment but finally great happiness to the youngest of the family. Read full book review >

MY LITTLE GIFTS by Jo Witek
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A nice-enough entry in the Growing Hearts series. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl learns the value of giving and receiving gifts. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An upbeat, reassuring showcase of notable, successful people who refused to let adversities and setbacks stand in their way. (bibliography) (Collective biography. 8-12)"
In this hybrid of collective biography and self-help, Reynolds hammers home the message that everyone fails, and failure can be used as a source of enlightenment, insight, and inspiration. Read full book review >
INTERRUPTING CHICKEN AND THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE by David Ezra Stein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Unsurprisingly good. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A laugh-out-loud follow-up to Stein's 2011 Caldecott honoree, Interrupting Chicken. Read full book review >

ZORA & ME by T.R. Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An extraordinary, richly imagined coming-of-age story about a young Zora Neale Hurston, the long, cruel reach of slavery, and the power of community. (biographical note, timeline) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A curse, the legacy of slavery, and a fight for justice collide in this fictionalized account of author Zora Neale Hurston's childhood adventures, sequel to Simon's Zora and Me, co-written with Victoria Bond (2010). Read full book review >
HOLES IN THE SKY by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Sweet and comforting. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Trisha looks for signs from her grandmother in the sky but finds them closer than expected. Read full book review >
THE DAM by David Almond
Kirkus Star
by David Almond, illustrated by Levi Pinfold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"With its every detail—its masterful illustrations, its landscape format, and the elegant text that offers readers a way to see the promise of new life from what has been destroyed—this book triumphs. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In this picture book based on a true story, a father and daughter pay homage to the valley that will be flooded when a dam under construction is completed. Read full book review >
JOSIE'S LOST TOOTH by Jennifer K. Mann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Readers will feel assured that anxiety is short-lived and friendship endures. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Josie, usually the best and first at almost everything, is the last in her class to lose a tooth—and she's determined to change that. Read full book review >
NIGHT JOB by Karen Hesse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An endearing story conveying a satisfying sense of a job well done. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little boy accompanies his single-parent father to his evening job as the custodian at a large middle school in this serene, evocative story. Read full book review >
DACTYL HILL SQUAD by Daniel José Older
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Dino-fueled fun with depth. (Historical fantasy. 8-14)"
Magdalys Roca and her fellow orphans ride dinosaurs and solve mysteries in Civil War-era New York City. Read full book review >
THE LAW OF FINDERS KEEPERS by Sheila Turnage
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Lovers of the previous books will delight in the return of Mo, and if they can get through the end without welling up, they're tougher than most—it's absolutely worth the wait. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the fourth and final book in the series that began with Three Times Lucky (2012), "possible orphan" Mo LoBeau comes up against an adversary slicker than motor oil on a pond and discovers clues to the whereabouts of her long-missing Upstream Mother. 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 >