THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS LITTLE by LeUyen Pham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"There is such a thing as little, after all, and can't it be just right? (Picture book. 3-5)"
Pham's latest relies on readers' first understanding "little" as a synonym for "trivial" or "unimportant" and then resisting this implication by seeing good, significant things in small packages. Read full book review >
HOW TO PEE by Todd Spector
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"The lesson is clear: Pee with flair. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Sure, potty training is important, but how many books emphasize how to urinate with style? Read full book review >

OUTSTANDING IN THE RAIN by Frank Viva
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A visually splendid birthday jaunt is a bit dampened by its text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A boy's amusement-park birthday becomes a die-cut celebration for all. Read full book review >
MAMA SEETON'S WHISTLE by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"If nothing else, the book will make kids eager to practice whistling. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lauren Bacall's quote about whistling is classic, but when it comes to puckering, no one tops Mama Seeton. Read full book review >
LOOK OUT FOR BUGS by Jen Prokopowicz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2015

"For appreciation rather than information, this is an interesting addition to the environmental shelf. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Photographs of a series of cut-paper dioramas form this seek-and-find puzzle book starring hidden creatures in the natural world. Read full book review >

HAVE YOU SEEN MY MONSTER? by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2015

"Gently educational and greatly entertaining. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl searches for her monster in every corner of the county fair. Read full book review >
WHY I LOVE MY DAD by Alison Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Pap created for a Hallmark holiday—nothing more. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This little girl's dad may not be able to do some things, but he's good at what he can do. Read full book review >
IZZY & OSCAR by Allison Estes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A grand addition to any pet-themed read-aloud session. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pirate captain Izzy finds a treasure of a pet in an octopus. Read full book review >
TURTLE AND ME by Robie H. Harris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Though she breaks little new ground, Harris attacks a common childhood anxiety with her customary smarts and bracing lack of sentiment. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mussed, chewed, torn, stained—no matter what condition this stuffed animal is in, it remains dearly loved. Read full book review >
INSIDE THIS BOOK by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"An absolutely nifty invitation to children to create and share their own wee books. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Every child has a story inside...or two or three or more. Read full book review >
BIRD AND BEAR by Ann James
by Ann James, illustrated by Ann James
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Ultimately, Bird and Bear are charming characters to look at, but their story needs more…story. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A slice-of-life story describes the friendship enjoyed by the eponymous Bird and Bear. Read full book review >
VEGETABLES IN UNDERWEAR by Jared Chapman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Those who are making the transition from diapers are sure to laugh, though it doesn't really stand out from the other books in the underwear drawer. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A survey of underwear and opposites is leavened (as if talk of underwear needs to be made funnier) by anthropomorphized veggies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >