MISTER HORIZONTAL & MISS VERTICAL by Révah Noémie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 22, 2014

"Eye-catching though it is, it is unlikely to displace more traditional, warmer offerings on this subject. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Inspired by a photograph showing a family of three, the man wearing horizontal stripes, the woman vertical, and the child a checkered shirt, this whimsical debut picture book challenges the limits of ultradesigned books for children. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING LION by Alexander McCall Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Precious' keen sense of right and wrong will inspire readers; her powers of observation may inspire budding detectives. (Mystery. 7-11)"
Young Precious Ramotswe again shows why she eventually grows up to be the founder of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Read full book review >

RACE FROM A TO Z by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Clever fun, swooshing with motion and energy, this latest in the series will keep readers racing their engines for more. (Alphabet picture book. 4-8)"
Another in Scieszka's Trucktown series, this one features a boisterous truck race from A to Z. Read full book review >
IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE AN IPHONE by Ann Droyd
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Mildly amusing, but something of a one-trick pony. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this tech-savvy parody of the contemporary classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a hyperactive pet mouse named Applesauce goes off the deep end (literally) while mesmerized with his boy's iPhone.Read full book review >
CENTAUR RISING by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"This book stumbles right out of the gate. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Fantasy master Yolen here offers a tale of a half-foal, half-boy. Read full book review >

BORN IN THE WILD by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Warmly friendly and inviting for a wide range of ages. (Informational picture book. 2-8)"
Small humans whose parents read to them will find fellow feeling with the well-cared-for wild babies in these pages. Read full book review >
MARCEL THE SHELL by Dean Fleischer-Camp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Visually clever and verbally unusual. (Picture book. 5 & up)"
Philosophical univalve Marcel returns in this sequel to Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2011).Read full book review >
THE ANIMALS' SANTA by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Brett excels at snowy settings, and her legions of fans will enjoy this well-told tale accompanied by her usual highly detailed watercolor illustrations and skillfully integrated secondary story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Brett's latest holiday offering is set in northern Canada, featuring a cast of forest animals who celebrate Christmas together with handmade gifts left by their own special Santa. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS WISH FOR CORDUROY by B.G. Hennessy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A pleasurable and satisfying back story for the beloved bear named Corduroy. Not too long, not too hard—just right. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A prequel to the beloved classics Corduroy (1968) and A Pocket for Corduroy (1978), this story tells how Corduroy found his green overalls (and his name). Read full book review >
HERE COMES SANTA CAT by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Quite a charming character, that Cat. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The egocentric feline protagonist of Here Comes the Easter Cat (2014) returns for another opportunity to receive a present, just as the ending of the previous story predicted.Read full book review >
ROCK AND ROLL HIGHWAY by Sebastian Robertson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A thorough chronicling of a musical trailblazer—though probably too thorough for most in the typical picture-book audience. (timeline, interview) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Guitarist Robbie Robertson's son presents his father's journey to rock-'n'-roll fame. Read full book review >
THE GRIMJINX REBELLION by Brian Farrey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Full of twists, monsters, cool magic and cooler anti-magic, with underlying family warmth and a creative crescendo. Start at the series' beginning. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Whether stealing back a government from mages who stole it first or defeating a marauding horde of monsters, the Grimjinx family remains as delightfully sneaky as ever. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Dick Cavett
October 20, 2014

In Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks, quick-witted talk show host Dick Cavett dishes on some of the famous people he’s interviewed: There’s much ado about Marlene Dietrich, Groucho, Carson and the Burtons, Jonathan Winters, Mel Brooks and Stan Laurel. Brief Encounters, taken from Cavett’s online columns for The New York Times, offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing and the utter improbability of being alive at all. We’ll ask him about his career and his writing life on Kirkus TV this week. View video >