Children's Book Reviews

THE DISCOVERY OF RAMEN by Phil Amara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2017

"A fun read that explores Japanese culture and culinary history—just don't expect a literary tour de force. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-10)"
A time-traveling red panda gives two American schoolkids a tour of the history of ramen. Read full book review >
HERE WE ARE by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Big ideas ably packed into little, bright packages. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Addressing his infant son about what it means to live on Earth, the author/illustrator offers a mix of planetary facts, quotations, bits of advice, and illustrations. Read full book review >

RECESS WARRIORS by Marcus Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A vigorous celebration of outdoor, imaginative play. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)"
In this lighthearted sequel to Recess Warriors: Hero Is a Four-Letter Word (2017), recess drama continues. 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 >
HARPER AND THE CIRCUS OF DREAMS by Cerrie Burnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A winsome tale that will make the minds of early chapter-book readers sparkle. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Harper seeks the origins of the song she hears only in her dreams. Read full book review >

THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An engaging take . (Board book. 2-3)"
The itsy bitsy spider scales the water spout again. Read full book review >
PIGSTICKS AND HAROLD LOST IN TIME! by Alex Milway
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"More inspired silliness, even if some of the more oblique references do go over the heads of younger chapter-book readers. (Adventure. 7-10)"
The baking skills of Pigsticks' timorous buddy, Harold, come in handy when an out-of-control time machine sends the two careening through history and prehistory. Read full book review >
THE SCARY WIND by Pablo  Albo
by Pablo Albo, illustrated by Gómez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"This pair of Spanish friends should find fans in the States. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Are those swirling leaves…or a monster!? Read full book review >
THE FOX AND THE WILD by Clive McFarland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"There's lots that appeals: a polite but determined fox, just enough danger, and plenty of colorful art. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A fox named Fred quests for a life away from his native city. 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 >
WHISTLING IN THE DARK by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fine war novel about living life despite trying circumstances. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Schoolgirl Joan Armitage is trying to adjust to life in her suburb near Liverpool in 1940, when everyone tries to carry on a normal life despite nightly air raids on the Liverpool docks by the Luftwaffe. Read full book review >
A SONG FOR SNOW  by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Festive and sprightly, this entry will likely leave listeners wondering what the pair will get up to when spring rolls around. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hoot and Peep, the adorable owl siblings, are back, this time in a story that introduces little sister Peep to a new phenomenon: snow. 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 >