AND AWAY WE GO! by Migy
by Migy, illustrated by Migy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"The mood is the same as a pajama storytime or a trip in the car just at bedtime—exciting yet contained and comforting. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An urbane, adventuresome fox provides an evening's entertainment for an eclectic company in this nighttime escapade aloft. Read full book review >
MY GRANDFATHER'S COAT by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Sweet and tender and joyful. (author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 4-9)"
An immigrant tailor passes the American dream on to new generations, one stitch at a time. Read full book review >

IRENE'S WISH by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"With this book, Nolen and Ford broaden the African-American picture-book palette in ways that are both delightful and memorable. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A tale of wishes, family and magic of many kinds. Read full book review >
WALKING WOUNDED by Chris Lynch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A powerful antidote to those who would glorify war. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The fifth installment in Lynch's Vietnam series continues the story of four friends who entered the war together and have now been forever changed by it. Read full book review >
TIMMY FAILURE by Stephan Pastis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Timmy Failure is a classic antihero: Some readers will be drawn to the book because of him; others will be drawn to it in spite of him. (Comic mystery. 8-12)"
This is a book about very nice people. None of them is Timmy Failure. Read full book review >

KID PRESIDENTS by David Stabler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Lively but not reliable. (index) (Collective biography. 9-13)"
Stories from their child and teen years reveal that U.S. presidents were kids like any others­—with hobbies and families and escapades both amusing and alarming. Read full book review >
SECRET OF THE MOUNTAIN DOG by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A solid adventure threaded through with spiritual undercurrents. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Is there a demon hiding in a Catskills monastery? Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR by Ben Thompson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An easy, breezy series opener that should help create a few new history buffs. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Blogger and author Thompson gamely takes on the task of exciting young readers about the American Civil War. Read full book review >
ROC AND ROE'S TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Nick Cannon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"For fans only. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Celebrity children decorate a Christmas tree over the course of 12 days. Read full book review >
ALBIE'S FIRST WORD by Jacqueline Tourville
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"More than a distinctive introduction to Albert Einstein, this book promotes both understanding of difference and scientific curiosity. (glossary, photograph) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
The fact that Albert Einstein uttered his first words later in life than most children inspired this quirky, endearing tribute to the famous scientist and humanitarian. Read full book review >
ONCE A SHEPHERD by Glenda Millard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Taken together, the folkloric simplicity of the text and the quiet beauty of the illustrations pack a powerful punch for those families that want—or need—to confront wartime violence with their little ones. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Millard and Lesnie, Australians, present a picture book about the Great War with beautiful, green-dominated watercolors and a spare text with occasional end rhymes. Read full book review >
THE ACADEMY OF PLANETARY EVOLUTION by David R. Shapiro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 29, 2014

"Edifying and entertaining; recommended for serious dinosaur aficionados looking for scholarly, in-depth information. (maps, glossary, bios) (Graphic informational fantasy. 8-14)"
Three exceptionally bright children find themselves at an exclusive time-traveling academy—and on the run from some fellow time travelers seeking them and their magical map. 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 >