DUDE! by Aaron Reynolds
Kirkus Star
by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Dan Santat
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"Surprises, mayhem, potty humor, sharks, and ice cream: What's not to like? (Picture book. 4-6)"
Once children can recognize and read the title, they will easily be able to navigate the rest of this book. "Dude!" is (almost) the only word uttered throughout the story. Read full book review >
PIP & PUP by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"A delightful tale that invites interpretation and almost demands giggles at the antics of the expressive chick and puppy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A newly hatched chick befriends a beagle puppy in this humorous, wordless picture book set outdoors on a farm. Read full book review >

SWEET SHAPES by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"While fans of the earlier titles might enjoy every bite of this one, it doesn't jell as well as its predecessors, conceptually or visually. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Medina presents the third in a series (ABC Pasta and 1 Big Salad, both 2016) that brings together an early-learning concept, photographed food items, doodled black lines, and a unifying setting. Read full book review >
NOW THAT I'M HERE by Aaron Meshon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"An exuberant celebration of family. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mixed-race child reflects on how much better Mom's and Dad's lives are "now that I'm here." Read full book review >
MISUNDERSTOOD SHARK by Ame Dyckman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"Fun and playful…or so Shark would have us believe. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A maligned shark steals the show to explain just how wrong his fellow fish are about him in Dyckman and Magoon's debut collaboration. Read full book review >

FISH ARE NOT AFRAID OF DOCTORS by J.E. Morris
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"Useful in physicians' offices and early-childhood classrooms and for children whose nerves might be a bit jangly. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Checkups can make anyone anxious; Maud the koala models how to use visualization to alleviate normal fears at the doctor's office. Read full book review >
IF YOU HAD A JETPACK by Lisl H. Detlefsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"A whimsical story that challenges readers to dream, create, and share their fun with everyone. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Blast off! Fun has no limits when you have a jetpack. There's turbo tag at recess, flying to Nana's, and even exploring the galaxy. Read full book review >
TAKE A RIDE BY MY SIDE by Jonathan Ying
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"A good time! (Picture book. 3-5)"
A cat and a dog, a charming interspecies couple, embark on a rhyming travel adventure employing various modes of transportation. Read full book review >
BITTY BOT'S BIG BEACH GETAWAY by Tim McCanna
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"A delightful sea-quel. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Bitty Bot is back in this beachside companion to his previous, eponymous interstellar adventure (2016). Read full book review >
FAIRY SPELL by Marc Tyler Nobleman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"A fascinating introduction to one of the greatest hoaxes of all time, deftly pitched to elementary-age children. (author's note, not seen) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Long before there was Photoshop, in the days when photography was an infant technology, a teenager produced photographs that convinced the world fairies are real. Read full book review >
I WALK WITH VANESSA by Kerascoët
Released: April 24, 2018

"A wonderfully illustrated, hopeful book that can help caregivers tackle an emotionally fraught subject with even very young children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this wordless book, new girl Vanessa, shy and withdrawn, becomes a bully's target after school and finally runs home in tears. Read full book review >
THE FISHING LESSON by Heinrich Böll
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2018

"A lesson about success delivered with humor and graceful irony. (Picture book. 5-10, adult)"
An adaptation of Böll's fable about not letting work overtake one's life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >