3 FALAFELS IN MY PITA by Maya Friedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Jewish families wanting their children to hear references to the Jewish homeland at a very young age may find something of value in this offering, but few others will. (Board book. 1-4)
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A very basic introduction to Israel. Read full book review >
MATH AT THE ART MUSEUM by Group Majoongmul
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Some may find this simplistic and oversold, but a few highly industrious parents and creative teachers, eager to more fully integrate the arts into Common Core curriculum, may find even these skimpy explorations invigorating. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An ambitious picture-book introduction to the underlying mathematical principles that can be discovered in a major art museum. Read full book review >

WHO EATS FIRST? by Ae-hae Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Wry text and witty illustrations make for one enjoyable math lesson. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A giraffe, a rhino, a rabbit, a monkey, an alligator and a caterpillar all come upon a peach that has fallen to the ground and have a discussion—and a competition—as to which of them should get the first bite. Read full book review >
UH-OH OCTOPUS! by Elle van Lieshout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"This Dutch import's fatuous ending falls short, but the illustrations are worth the time spent appreciating them. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A small yellow octopus is nonplussed to return home from his daily swim to find someone else's tale protruding from his home. Read full book review >
THE FEAST FOR THE KING by Marlies Verhelst
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Despite the awkward writing, children will have no beef with King Lion's inability to wait for the guests. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Someone has snatched the tender roast from the top of King Lion's meaty birthday "cake," so chef Tarantula sets out to find the culprit. Read full book review >

WHERE IS PIM? by Lena Landström
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Pom is the elemental Everychild—and just darlin'. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Dog takes Pom's Pim in this return of one of the most heart-gladdening creatures on Earth (Pom and Pim, 2014).Read full book review >
THE FIRST CASE by Ulf Nilsson
Kirkus Star
by Ulf Nilsson, illustrated by Gitte Spee, translated by Julia Marshall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"The only sadness is that Volume 2 isn't immediately available. (Mystery. 4-10)"
Who are the scurvy thieves loose in the woodland district? Read full book review >
THE DAY THE SUN DID NOT RISE AND SHINE by Mirjam Enzerink
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"This Dutch import offers a sweet and funny twist on the bedtime book. (Picture book. 4-7) "
Will the morning never come? Read full book review >
SWEET DREAMS, WILD ANIMALS! by Eileen R. Meyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Slumber and science in harmonious combination, equally suitable for bedtime reading or for sharing with wakeful groups. (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
A cozy combination of restful rhymes, natural history notes and close-up pictures of snoozing creatures. Read full book review >
BUSTER THE LITTLE GARBAGE TRUCK by Marcia Berneger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Bibliotherapy for timid children obsessed with vehicles. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Buster's got a big problem: He's not big enough. Read full book review >
THE FLYING HAND OF MARCO B. by Richard Leiter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Little listeners will be hoping their hands will take flight on their next road trips. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Just how high can a wayward hand fly? Read full book review >
SHABBAT SHALOM, HEY! by Ann D. Koffsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Charming and joyous but not for the uninitiated. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Preparing for the Friday night Shabbat ceremony and meal is a joyous expression of faith and tradition. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >