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I AM JIM HENSON by Brad Meltzer

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
Nearly every child will know his work already: here's at least a superficial glimpse of his character. (photos, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 3-6)Read full book review >
THE WITCH'S VACUUM CLEANER  by Terry Pratchett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017
Bravery shows up almost as often as buffoonery in these satiric bits and bobs. (Fantasy/short stories. 10-12)Read full book review >

WORD OF MOUSE by James Patterson
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 12, 2016
With smart witticisms to launch each quick-paced chapter, Isaiah is truly a mouse that roars. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
HOW TO CATCH AN ELF by Adam Wallace
by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016
A forgettable effort that fails to capture any of the magical charm of Santa's story. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
TAKE HEART, MY CHILD by Ainsley Earhardt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2016
This treacle-sweet book feels like an extended greeting card. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)Read full book review >

THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly  Barnhill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016
Guaranteed to enchant, enthrall, and enmagick. (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
NANETTE'S BAGUETTE by Mo Willems
Kirkus Star
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016
Laugh-out-loud fun for all. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
FRAZZLED by Booki Vivat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016
A hilarious Asian-American heroine guaranteed to provoke laughs—not anxiety. (Fiction. 8-13)Read full book review >
THE BEAR ATE YOUR SANDWICH by Julia Sarcone-Roach
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
Young readers and listeners will laugh out loud as they closely examine the pictures and find the jokes in this highly interactive urban adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
WE FOUND A HAT by Jon Klassen
by Jon Klassen, illustrated by Jon Klassen

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016
Beguiling. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
THE WAY THINGS WORK NOW by David Macaulay
Kirkus Star
by David Macaulay, illustrated by David Macaulay

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016
Necessary for every library, personal or otherwise. (index) (Reference. 11-15)Read full book review >
WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER by Grace Lin
Kirkus Star
by Grace Lin, illustrated by Grace Lin

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016
This beautifully told companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009) and Starry River of the Sky (2012) offers lyrical storytelling, bringing "us to places we have never dreamed of." (author's note, book list) (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >