TICKLE MONSTER by Édouard Manceau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Bonne nuit, chérie. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Matte black pages with blocks of solid geometric color and a white sans-serif type illustrate a small child's dialogue with an imaginary monster in the darkness before sleep. Read full book review >
MY BARNYARD! by Betty Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Part book, part puzzle, all fun. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little ones are invited to piece together a farm. Read full book review >

LOULA AND MISTER THE MONSTER by Anne Villeneuve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Like a stinky dog-lick on the nose, this simply silly picture book will bring smiles to little faces. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Loula fears Mama might have had it with their family's drooling, wagging, lunging, gargantuan Great Dane, Mister. Read full book review >
USE YOUR IMAGINATION by Nicola O'Byrne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Visually irregular but satisfyingly victorious. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A wolf coaxes a rabbit into a "Little Red Riding Hood" narrative. Read full book review >
NO MORE CUDDLES! by Jane Chapman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A fully rounded, easily associative, and visually inviting story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As everybody knows, a bigfoot likes his privacy, even if he is built to cuddle: snuggly, soft, and silky (at least those bigfeet like Barry, who evidently knows about bathing). Read full book review >

IF YOU'RE A ROBOT AND YOU KNOW IT by Musical Robot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"After the hundredth (or thousandth) repetition of the original, this may come as a welcome variation—to the grown-ups, at least. (Pop-up picture book. 4-6)"
The ever versatile activity song gets a techno-twist with customized lyrics and pop-up robots lined up to demonstrate each verse. Read full book review >
MR. POSTMOUSE'S ROUNDS by Marianne Dubuc
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Like a mailbox overstuffed with gifts, Dubuc's animal scenes are a delight and well worth the wait. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A dedicated postal worker, who happens to be a small mouse, makes the daily deliveries in a lively dispatch from Dubuc. Read full book review >
THE STRANDED WHALE by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A moving, memorable addition to the nature collection. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A whale stranding becomes the occasion for a sad life lesson. Read full book review >
PUMPKIN DAY! by Candice Ransom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A warm and welcome story for emerging readers and their families. (Early reader. 3-6)"
Pumpkins star in this family-centered early reader. Read full book review >
PIRATE'S LULLABY by Marcie Wessels
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Bedtime is already well-bedecked with piratical fare, but no one's going to object to just one more book of this kind, particularly when it's this good-natured. (Picture book. 3-6)"
On a vessel whose crew numbers two, a young boy uses his formidable avoidance techniques to put off bedtime for as long as possible. Read full book review >
IN THE DEEP DARK DEEP by Ben Joel Price
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Visually striking but not so rich in the story department (Picture book. 4-7)"
The unlikely trio from Earth Space Moon Base (2014) now has a mystery to solve—this time in the dark depths under the sea.Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Keiko Kasza
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"With silly scenarios and a surprise ending to tickle young readers, this circular story makes a terrific storytime read. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When is a hat not a hat? When it finds its way into the hands of Kasza's lively cast of woodland creatures! Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >