Children's Book Reviews

THE PROMISE by Pnina Bat Zvi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2018

"Harrowing, moving, and filled with questions that cannot be answered but must be asked. (epilogue) (Picture book. 7-12)"
Rachel and Toby promised their parents that they would always stay together. Read full book review >
DRESS ME UP! by Maria Carluccio
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"A less messy and far sturdier alternative to paper dolls. (Novelty board book. 3-6)"
Younger fashion mavens can mix and match attire on a cast of children using strips of finely worked patterns. Read full book review >

A FRIENDLY TOWN THAT'S ALMOST ALWAYS BY THE OCEAN! by Kir Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"A deft mix of chills and chuckles, not quite as sideways as Wayside School but in the same district. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A fifth-grader struggles to fit in after he and his recently widowed mother move to a decidedly oddball new town. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN THREAD by Colin Meloy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"Positively joyous. (Picture book/biography. 4-10)"
A prose song celebrates Pete Seeger's inestimable contribution to American music and social justice. Read full book review >
MAMA'S BELLY by Kate Hosford
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"A good book to share with children eagerly awaiting their own siblings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl eagerly awaits the arrival of her baby sister and has lots of questions for her parents. Read full book review >

MY WORST BOOK EVER by Allan Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"Glimpses of a writer's life, with an engaging bid for sympathy at the travails thereof. (Picture book. 7-9, adult)"
In this (presumably) made-up account, a promising picture-book project falls afoul of a series of aggravating mishaps. Read full book review >
IF WENDELL HAD A WALRUS by Lori Mortensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"A 'stupendiferous, cosmically colossal' good time for all. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Working to recruit a walrus as a playmate, a small boy living near the ocean serendipitously discovers a new friend. Read full book review >
TIM'S GOODBYE by Steven Salerno
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"A succinct text and an uncluttered design provide space to discover and process a loss. (Picture book. 3-6)"
How do you let go of a departed pet? Read full book review >
DEEP WATER by Watt Key
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"A nail-biting survival tale. (Adventure. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Julie supervises an important dive for her father's scuba-diving business, but she soon learns that when you play against Mother Nature it is for keeps. Read full book review >
SHARKS by Joe Flood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"Informative, exciting, and, unlike sharks, just a bit disappointing. (foreword, partial glossary) (Graphic nonfiction. 8-12)"
Glimpses of historic and contemporary sharks help to stem the tide of misinformation. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE OF JUNK MOUNTAIN by Lauren Abbey Greenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"This absorbing middle-grade read gently but unflinchingly considers the common ground of growing up and growing old. (Fiction. 9-13)"
This summer is not at all what 12-year-old Shayne had hoped for. Read full book review >
THE FISH AND THE CAT by Marianne Dubuc
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"An unhurried pace and graphically arresting scenes build suspense and wonderment in equal measure, providing space for reflection and tantalizing questions. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A wordless chase: in this 92-page visual narrative, a somewhat bemused cat pursues a domestic fish. 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 >