WHOOSH! by Marilyn Baillie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Water babies are sure to wade into this one. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
Filled with onomatopoeia and animals both familiar and new, this book shows children that there are creatures that love water just the way they do. Read full book review >
MY BUS by Byron Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"A pleasant ride, dissonance between the actual and described setting notwithstanding. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In an elemental bit of grouping and number play, Joe the bus driver picks up and drops off animal passengers on his route. Read full book review >

THE FLEA by Laurie Cohen
Released: April 15, 2014

"Too rudimentary to be more than a joke with a mildly amusing punch line. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A tiny flea with size issues gets mad rather than wiser in this terse and unsatisfying fable. Read full book review >
THE RACE by Édouard Manceau
Released: April 15, 2014

"Add this winsome fable to the shelves of slightly odd picture books. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's not about running. It's not exactly about winning. But it is about a race—sort of. Read full book review >
NINJA, NINJA, NEVER STOP! by Todd Tuell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Although a bit slim on story, still a good choice for mischievous preschoolers with an interest in the martial arts. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Dressed in black and ready for action, a young ninja shows off his skills—which would be more impressive if he did not initially use them to antagonize. Read full book review >

QUEEN VICTORIA'S BATHING MACHINE by Gloria Whelan
Released: April 15, 2014

"A funny and intimate behind-the-scenes look at royal family life by the National Book Award-winning Whelan (Homeless Bird, 2000). (author's note, photo of actual bathing machine, bibliography, websites) (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Victorian era is often caricatured as a time of excessive modesty, and this buoyant, rhyming picture book highlights a royal example with affection and good humor. Read full book review >
FLIGHT SCHOOL by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Though Penguin doesn't discover any of his own true talents, young listeners will probably empathize with wanting something so far out of reach. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A small round penguin with lofty aspirations finds success of a sort in a sweet, if slight, appreciation of the resourcefulness of teachers. Read full book review >
IT'S ABOUT TIME by Pascale Estellon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Pretty to look at but marred by visual errors. (Picture book. 4-8)"
French illustrator Estellon explores the idea of time in this concept book for young readers. Read full book review >
WALKING EAGLE by Ana Eulate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2014

"Purest kitsch. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A mute young storyteller in a feathered headdress draws all the tribes into a giant, mystical tepee to chant and drum and invite everyone in the world to hold hands. Read full book review >
JOSEPH FIPPS by Nadine Robert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2014

"A stormy clash between parent and child ends with sunshine and bird song. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A 5-year-old "all filled up with feelings" dreams of wings and walruses in this ruminative import. Read full book review >
MY BOOK OF OPPOSITES by Britta Teckentrup
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 13, 2014

"Not the best for clarifying concepts but too visually striking to ignore. (Board book. 1-3)"
An appealing but potentially confusing concept book about opposites. Read full book review >
CUCKOO! by Fiona Roberton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 10, 2014

"A sweet, if uneven, tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In something of a variant on Andersen's "Ugly Duckling," Cuckoo searches for someone who might understand him. Read full book review >