HOME TWEET HOME by Courtney Dicmas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A few choppy parts lead to an uneven read-aloud, but the page-turn reveals are their own reward. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A family of cave swallows decides that its nest is too small. Read full book review >
NEVER ASK A DINOSAUR TO DINNER by Gareth Edwards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A silly bedtime read. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Rhyming text and boisterous art combine to deliver a string of humorous mini-cautionary tales leading up to a peaceful bedtime. Read full book review >

HOW TO CATCH A MOUSE by Philippa Leathers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Clemmie in a trench coat, using what she's learned, is worth the price of admission alone. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Ginger kitten Clemmie keeps her house mouse-free…or does she? Read full book review >
LITTLE RED HENRY by Linda Urban
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A story that humorously but gently reminds overprotective families that it is natural and necessary and healthy for a child to learn to do for himself. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture book about a youngest child who wants to grow up...but the rest of the family isn't ready to let him. Read full book review >
WILLIAM & THE MISSING MASTERPIECE by Helen Hancocks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"As with Hancocks' memorable debut, Penguin in Peril (2014), this will not fail to both enchant and engage. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lovers of art, runny cheese and cats will be drawn to this adventure featuring William, "international cat of mystery." Read full book review >

THE ELEPHANTOM by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"While imaginary friends are a common theme in picture books, phantom animals offer a different twist—and the conceit may give kids an excuse to offer up when things go wrong. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An elephantom? What's that? A phantom elephant, of course. Read full book review >
WHERE'S THE PAIR? by Britta Teckentrup
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Children will enjoy sharing the sometimes quite difficult challenges with their adults. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In another in a series of picture books for the very young designed to exercise their powers of observation, Teckentrup challenges readers to spot which animals are exactly alike. Read full book review >
GO, PEA, GO! by Joe Moshier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Vibrant visuals cannot make up for a potty book that just doesn't rate. No, Pea, No! (Picture book. 2-4)"
A single pea pushes himself to finish a race in this punny potty metaphor. Read full book review >
THE OCTOPUPPY by Martin McKenna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Jarvis' tale will inspire listeners to laugh...and ask for an octopuppy. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When is a dog not a dog? When he's an octopuppy. Read full book review >
AUDREY'S TREE HOUSE by Jenny Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Share as a Father's Day story or when the weather turns warm, but be ready for treehouse blueprints. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl who declares that her dad's house is too small for her spurs an epic building project. Read full book review >
SIDE BY SIDE by Rachel Bright
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"This sweet celebration of friendship is elevated by its winsome illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little mouse finds a friend in this rhyming picture book. Read full book review >
IN THE WAVES by Lennon Stella
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"As celebrity-authored books go, it could be worse. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Frothy fun from the Stella sisters, musicians and child stars of the TV series Nashville.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 >