Children's Book Reviews

STRUTTIN' WITH SOME BARBECUE by Patricia Hruby Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Brimming with a contagious love of jazz and its first lady, this work brings down the house. (notes, timeline, glossary, resources, sources, index) (Verse biography. 8-14)"
Lil Hardin, dubbed "the first lady of jazz," gets a loving ode in this biography in free verse. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A fresh and accessible approach to an important scientific concept. (glossary, suggestions for further research, author's note) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
The evolution of iguanas in the Galápagos provides a striking example of the workings of natural selection. Read full book review >

IS THAT YOU, ELEANOR SUE? by Tricia Tusa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Refreshingly simple, humorous, and playful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Eleanor Sue loves to play dress-up on Saturdays, and her mother plays along perfectly. Read full book review >
LOVE by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Perfect for balancing the commercialism of Valentine's Day. (Picture book. 3-8)"
After tackling Beautiful (2016) and Brave (2017), McAnulty and Lew-Vriethoff present readers with all things love. Read full book review >
IT'S UP TO YOU, ABE LINCOLN by Leila Hirschfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Be a best friend and give this book to someone who has not read it. (Biography. 10-12)"
One decision can change your life…these 10 decisions turned a man into a president. Read full book review >

SPECTACULARLY BEAUTIFUL by Lisa Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"This heartening, well-crafted story refreshingly places its emphasis on its protagonist's resilience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Based on a true refugee story, this deep and hopeful book sports colorful, simplified shapes depicting students and their teacher. Read full book review >
THE CHANCELLOR AND THE CITADEL by Maria Capelle Frantz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"Just try to put it down. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Frantz introduces readers to a world of spirits suffused in tension and magic in her debut solo graphic novel. Read full book review >
MINA VS. THE MONSOON by Rukhsanna Guidroz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"On close inspection, it is so much more than it seems: a delightful picture book about a girl child discovering a wondrous secret about her mother. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ostensibly, this is a story about a girl and her ball and the rain: Mina wants to play soccer, but the monsoon has arrived in her South Asian village. Read full book review >
THE STORYTELLER OF DAMASCUS by Rafik Schami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"A writing, translation, and illustration masterpiece. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A highly humorous book about tradition in changing times, bravery, and love, imported from Germany. Read full book review >
FOUND by Jeff Newman
Kirkus Star
by Jeff Newman, illustrated by Larry Day
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A story that will break hearts so it can put them back together. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After losing their own beloved pet, a young child finds and returns a lost puppy in this wordless picture book from Newman and Day. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH, NONNA by James Doti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"Readers should be touched by this bittersweet family tale and captivated by the frameworthy art."
In this picture book about losing a loved one, an author provides a look at his childhood relationship with his Italian grandmother. Read full book review >
WUNDERSMITH by Jessica Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A worthy title that deserves a spot on the fantasy shelves. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The tests are over; now it's time to get down to business. 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 >