Children's Book Reviews

SLOTH AT THE ZOOM by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A gentle lesson that positive alternatives to hurtling mindlessly through life do exist—even at the Zoom. (Picture book. 3-6) "
A quintessentially laid-back sloth is mistakenly delivered to the Zoom instead of her expected destination, the Zzzzzoo. Read full book review >
BABY ANIMALS EATING by Suzi Eszterhas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"An appealing addition to any nature-themed collection. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
A longtime wildlife photographer presents an album of her photographs of baby animals eating. Read full book review >

POPPY & SAM AND THE LEAF THIEF by Cathon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"An appealing whodunit about friendship and community, great for fans of comics. (Graphic mystery. 4-8)"
A tiny girl and her miniature panda companion solve a mystery and help their plant and insect friends. Read full book review >
HANNAH'S TALL ORDER by Linda Vander Heyden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A made-to-order toothsome tale. (Picture book 4-8)"
Just when you think there is no new way to present the alphabet, along comes Hannah and her order for a tall sandwich. Read full book review >
KID START-UP by Mark Cuban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Business 101—simple, with a good measure of excitement and motivational verve. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Tools for becoming an entrepreneur, a kid entrepreneur. Read full book review >

EAT PETE! by Michael  Rex
by Michael Rex, illustrated by Michael Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A silly and surprising picture book that will quickly join regular rotation. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A monster looks for a snack. Read full book review >
BROBOTS AND THE SHOUJO SHENANIGANS! by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A sugar rush. (Graphic fantasy. 5-10)"
In their third comic adventure, the BroBots and their cousins must save a "Snow White"-inspired pop star. Read full book review >
WHERE THE WOODS END by Charlotte Salter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Deliciously shivery. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
"The endless forest was as dark as the back of a wolf's throat." So begins this terrifying tale of bravery, magic, and lies. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"The perfect choice to inspire young readers and listeners, with just the right amount of detail to inspire, entrance, and encourage further investigation. (notes, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
"It was dawn when the chorus began." Read full book review >
THIS IS MY EYE by Neela Vaswani
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A captivating journey. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A fictional exploration of how a young girl of color might move through and capture her world with a camera. Read full book review >
TAKE A HIKE, MILES AND SPIKE! by Travis  Foster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"An environmental message that goes down easily amid the cartoony cast. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this tale told entirely in dialogue, most along the lines of "See you later, Alligator," Miles and Spike pay a visit to the woods, to the consternation of the animals that live there. Read full book review >
WHERE DID YOU COME FROM, BABY DEAR? by George MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"This book may have the most appeal as a gift book for spiritually minded new parents. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Paired with new illustrations by Dyer, MacDonald's imaginative poem reads as a Q-and-A between a wondering family and their amazing new baby. 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 >