Children's Book Reviews

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 >
WHICHWOOD by Tahereh Mafi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Memorable new characters experience the restorative power of friendship in this darkly fascinating, somewhat ghoulish sequel to Furthermore.(Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to Furthermore (2016), kindhearted Alice and friend Oliver travel from Ferenwood to wintery Whichwood with the assigned task of saving "a very strange" girl from a terrible fate. Read full book review >

LIFE ON SURTSEY by Loree Griffin Burns
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An amazing science adventure well worth the trip. (glossary, further information resources, source notes, bibliography, acknowledgements, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Visit a nearly pristine world with an entomologist who's studied this new island almost since its birth in 1963. Read full book review >
LOOK! WHAT DO YOU SEE? by Xu Bing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Wow! This cross-cultural cipher is a feast for the eyes and a challenge for the mind. (Picture book. 8-adult)"
At first glance, this book looks indecipherable—but look closer! Read full book review >
WINTER DANCE by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An exemplary addition to the shelves of nature-themed picture books. (Picture book. 3-6)"
As winter begins to set in, a curious fox wonders what he ought to do. Read full book review >

BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A picture book more than worthy of sharing the shelf with Alan Schroeder and Jerry Pinkney's Minty (1996) and Carole Boston Weatherford and Kadir Nelson's Moses (2006). (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
A memorable, lyrical reverse-chronological walk through the life of an American icon. Read full book review >
MR. GEDRICK AND ME by Patrick Carman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The funny and comforting way this lovely family slowly turns away from sadness is a balm for all readers—there are not many like it on the shelves. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A reimagined Mary Poppins, set in 21st-century Chicago, with a Mr. Gedrick playing the role of the magical nanny restoring a family from grief. Read full book review >
SISTERS OF GLASS  by Naomi  Cyprus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A story that will inspire many to find the light within. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A tale of two girls fighting for justice and truth in a Middle Eastern-inflected world of magic. Read full book review >
TRU & NELLE by G. Neri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An absorbing story of true friends in troubled times. (author's note, acknowledgments, recipe) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
In the sequel to Tru & Nelle (2016), Christmas in tiny Monroeville, Alabama, is hardly jolly. Read full book review >
HOW OSCAR INDIGO BROKE THE UNIVERSE (AND PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN) by David Teague
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Suspend all disbelief and enjoy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Sweet-natured, warmhearted Oscar Indigo just wants to help his multiethnic baseball team win the championship. Read full book review >
THE POND by Nicola Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Heart-wrenching, powerful, and beautifully realized. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Dad plans a pond in the backyard and speaks of all the wonderful things that it will hold. But it is a promise left unfulfilled. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF GRACIE & MONKEYBEAR by C.S.  O'Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Fans are sure to look forward to what Gracie imagines in the spring."
The multilingual Gracie and her brainy dog MonkeyBear return for winter adventures in O'Kelly and Farrell's (The Adventures of Gracie & MonkeyBear: Book 1: Summer, 2017) second series entry.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 >