VICTOR AND HUGO by Robert J. Blake
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"If readers are ready to forgive its confused plot, the art offers much to appreciate. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two dogs rescue their master's accordion—and the world's music—in Paris. Read full book review >
NO MORE BOWS by Samantha Cotterill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An enjoyable, repeatable read-aloud with memorable art that will have readers hoping for another outing with Hugo. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A dog resists playing dress-up with his little girl. Read full book review >

SPUNKY LITTLE MONKEY by Bill Martin Jr.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Great for storytime or for little monkeys who need encouragement to run around. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Every little monkey needs to get up and move! Read full book review >
PEN PALS by Alexandra Pichard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Pichard blends modern interests with the old-fashioned charm of receiving letters by post, proving in this digital age of social media, texting, abbreviation, and brevity that there's still magic behind the stamp. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A friendship blooms in this homage to the handwritten letter. Read full book review >
AND I HAVE YOU by Maggie Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Very sweet but not particularly fresh. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A celebration of the mother-child bond. Read full book review >

A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This delightful story is a feast for the eyes and ears, and it will hold up well to repeated demands from eager young listeners. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Friendship blossoms between canine and rodent in this paean to the sheer joy of being alive. Read full book review >
RAPPY GOES TO THE SUPERMARKET by Dan Gutman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Kids practicing their reading skills deserve better. (Early reader. 4-8)"
The reluctant rhyming, rapping dino has to be dragged to the supermarket by his mother, but maybe shopping isn't so bad. Read full book review >
GAME OVER, SUPER RABBIT BOY! by Thomas Flintham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A strong series start. (Early reader. 5-7)"
In a video game, a superpowered rabbit must rescue a singing dog that brings everyone happiness. Read full book review >
XO, OX by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Persistence pays off seems to be the message in this bracingly un-Valentine-ish love story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children get their first lesson in unrequited love reading the letters between lovelorn Ox and self-centered Gazelle. Read full book review >
PASSOVER SCAVENGER HUNT by Shanna Silva
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"This may help families develop a new and fun-filled addition to their Seder traditions. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Enjoy a new way to hide and hunt for the afikoman at the Passover Seder. Read full book review >
HUSH by Surya Sajnani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"A mostly satisfying addition to the interactive board-book shelf. (Board book. 1-3)"
Simple, repetitive text, familiar sounds, and developmentally appropriate graphics characterize this simple board book for little ones. Read full book review >
FARM by Surya Sajnani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"A fun choice to promote dexterity and animal recognition. (Board book. 2-3)"
Little fingers can slide three vertical panels to reveal the black-and-white images of common farm animals. 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 >