Children's Book Reviews

OGILVY by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2019

"Drag queens may throw some shade at Ogilvy's wardrobe, but that's this book's only flaw. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Clothes do not make the bunny. Read full book review >
SONNY'S BRIDGE by Barry Wittenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2019

"Opens the door for further exploration of both man and music. (Picture book/biography. 3-9)"
An appropriately jazzy picture-book biography of African-American musician Sonny Rollins. Read full book review >

CAMP TIGER by Susan Choi
Kirkus Star
by Susan Choi, illustrated by John Rocco
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2019

"A multilayered coming-of-age story filled with exquisitely executed art. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little boy finds his inner tiger in this lyrical picture-book debut by Choi, an award-winning author for adults. Read full book review >
I AM A WOLF by Kelly Leigh Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2019

"Lovable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wolf vigorously denies that he's cute. He's wrong. Read full book review >
THE USUAL SUSPECTS by Maurice Broaddus
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2019

"Readers will love watching these two uniquely gifted black boys explore the complicated tensions between impulses and choices, independence and support, turnin' up and getting through. (Fiction. 8-13)"
When a gun is found near their school, seventh-grade pranksters Thelonius Mitchell and his best friend, Nehemiah Caldwell, must work together to solve the mystery before being blamed for something they didn't do. Read full book review >

THE IMPORTANT THING ABOUT MARGARET WISE BROWN by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2019

"A runaway success. (Picture book/biography. 5-adult)"
The important thing about this review is to say this picture book is great. Read full book review >
THE LAST PEACH by Gus Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2019

"Luscious, light, and thought-provoking: decidedly not to be missed! (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two motley insects contemplate eating the last peach of the season. Read full book review >
BIG PROBLEMAS by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2019

"Juana's big problema will resonate with many readers, who will look forward to hearing more about this spunky Colombian girl's life. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Juana is back. This time she has to navigate the ups and downs of the changes brought on by the new person in Mami's life. Read full book review >
PIE IN THE SKY by Remy Lai
Kirkus Star
by Remy Lai, illustrated by Remy Lai
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2019

"Like salted caramel, a perfect balance of flavors, this deftly drawn story is a heartfelt treat. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 10-13)"
Two brothers navigate a new country, a new language, and grief through cake. Read full book review >
TIME SIGHT by Lynne Jonell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2019

"Gripping and thoughtful; readers will be left pondering their own connections to the past. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A time-travel adventure incorporates reflections on human nature in this middle-grade stand-alone. Read full book review >
IT FEELS GOOD TO BE YOURSELF by Theresa Thorn
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2019

"Exceptional. (glossary, resources, note on pronouns, author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 3-9)"
This expansive, straightforward framing of gender emphasizes curiosity, joy, and positive self-expression. Read full book review >
THE TREE AND ME by Deborah Zemke
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2019

"A funny and timely primer for budding activists. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 6-9)"
Problems are afoot at Emily Dickinson Elementary School, and it's up to Bea Garcia to gather the troops and fight. 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 >