THE TREE by Neal Layton
by Neal Layton, illustrated by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A feather-light tribute to finding common ground—or make that common air space. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A tree in a deep rural clearing proves to be a small village in jeopardy. Read full book review >
SLOPPY WANTS A HUG by Sean Julian
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Short, simple, sweet—and more than likely to spur some similarly slobbery affection between parent and child. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Dewdrop the fairy is willing to give every forest creature a hug—except for Sloppy the tree dragon. What has Sloppy done? Read full book review >

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE FAVORITE? by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"While not the funniest addition to the series or to the genre, this latest outing should please fans of Ballet Cat. (Early reader. 4-8)"
The feline dancer returns for a new adventure, in which cousins vie for the affection of their grandmother. Read full book review >
COUNT YOUR CHICKENS by Jo Ellen Bogart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"There is so much feathered fun here, it's pure poultry in motion. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Unfolding in short, bouncy rhymes, this atypical counting book fills its pages with a flock of chickens enjoying a day at the county fair. Read full book review >
THINGS TO DO by Elaine Magliaro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"When the day is just waiting be filled with fun, one of the 'things to do' may well be to share this with some children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In rhyming text, a child imagines the furtive joys of a range of anthropomorphized concepts and objects. Read full book review >

MOUSE AND HIPPO by Mike Twohy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"While there are plenty of picture books that feature unlikely friendships, young listeners will be pleased to make the acquaintance of these two cheerful creatures and, quite possibly, inspired to view the world in engaging new ways. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two anthropomorphic animals meet unexpectedly and quickly become friends despite their differences. Read full book review >
THE SECRET PROJECT by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An astonishing way to lay the groundwork for such works for older readers as Steve Sheinkin's Bomb (2012), this is a beautifully told introduction to a difficult subject. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A picture book takes on the creation of the atomic bomb. Read full book review >
MAE AND JUNE AND THE WONDER WHEEL by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite moments of charm, the story and characterization are not compelling enough to save this offering. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Making a new friend is always a good thing—and one who appreciates your canine buddy and joins in your imaginative games with gusto is even better! Read full book review >
SAMSON by Tadgh Bentley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Young readers will be hooked. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A piranha who dreams of dining in the finest restaurants? Not your usual fish tale! Read full book review >
IF I HAD A LITTLE DREAM by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Easy on the eyes and ears; excellent for bedtime. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Rhyming stanzas explore the notion of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, each one beginning with the words, "If I had a little…." Read full book review >
TONY by Ed Galing
Kirkus Star
by Ed Galing, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will hear the 'clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop' in every image of this astonishing book. (Picture book. 2-12)"
Poet Galing (1917-2013) leads Tony, a dairy delivery horse, through the veil of memory, encantatory phrasing—circling and repetitious—calling him plodding from pre-dawn into the present, his sturdy flank barely expanding with the effort. Read full book review >
ABC PASTA by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Younger kids are not likely to recognize many of the lesser-known types of pasta, but what a toothsome way to have fun with them. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Get your forks ready—this salute to pasta via the ABCs is truly entertaining, as the subtitle states. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >