THE SUNDOWN KID by Barbara Bietz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"Welcoming guests and even strangers to the dinner table is part of the Shabbat ritual, and it's celebrated nicely here. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
After moving to a town in the Old West, a young, white Jewish boy and his parents find celebrating Shabbat to be a lonely tradition. Read full book review >
DELIVERY by Aaron Meshon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Whimsical delight. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A box of cookies travels from the kitchen where they're made to a destination across the universe. Read full book review >

HEART TO HEART by Lois Ehlert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Rebuses get a text update for a modern love note. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ehlert combines her iconic cut-paper images of fruits and vegetables with some text-speak to create a rebus story for Valentine's Day. Read full book review >
QUEEN DOG by Bridget Heos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This offers lots of commercial appeal with a clever text, polished illustrations, a princess in pink, and a cuddly-cute dog, but the overall effort is forgettable. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A coddled French bulldog rules her household like a queen until a baby arrives in the family. Read full book review >
THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT by Edward Lear
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An endearing version that appeals to children and adults alike. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Edward Lear's famous lovers sail away for a year and a day in this lushly illustrated picture-book edition. Read full book review >

THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An enjoyable piece that will entice readers back to the original tale (conveniently re-illustrated by Voake and publishing simultaneously). (Picture book. 2-6)"
Newlyweds Owl and Pussy-cat are ready for another adventure in this continuation of Edward Lear's classic poem. Read full book review >
WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A BANG AND A CLANG by Emma J. Virján
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Muted giggles but no standing ovation for this orchestra. (Early reader. 3-6)"
The fourth in the early-reader Pig in a Wig series. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT! GOOD NIGHT! by Carin Berger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Young readers will giggle over the bedtime jollity, while parents may recognize the familiar bedtime battle and see themselves in the mother rabbit whose love and patience prevail.(Picture book. 3-7)"
Three mischievous bunnies finally fall asleep in this playful look at the bedtime routine. Read full book review >
ADRIFT by Jessica Olien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The simple storyline and art complement each other as readers are gently guided to comprehend the folly of judging a book by its cover. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What happens when the loudest (and smelliest) polar bear finds himself stuck on an ice floe with the quietest and most fastidious polar bear? They build a wall! Read full book review >
EGG by Kevin Henkes
Kirkus Star
by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Kevin Henkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Another stunner from Henkes, who is able to evoke so much with few words and such seemingly simple illustrations. Gorgeous and thought-provoking. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In Henkes' latest book, the illustrator returns to one of his favorite recent themes—waiting. Read full book review >
A PERFECT MATCH by Megan Maynor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Understanding each other's unique needs is a tricky lesson to navigate—Ella and Penguin do so with charm and wit. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The kindly duo from Ella and Penguin Stick Together (2015) explore another friendship theme. Read full book review >
HUG IT OUT! by Louis Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"It's not a complex story, but it's a wise one that shows through a specific example how siblings get along, even when they often don't. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The push and literal pull (usually hair) of sibling rivalry is explored in a direct and comically knowing way in animator Thomas' debut picture book. 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 >