JUST LIKE ME, CLIMBING A TREE by Durga Yael Bernhard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 24, 2015

"Not much here to make kids run out and climb a tree. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Children climb trees around the world to play, make discoveries, see what they can see and maybe pick a tasty treat. Read full book review >
LONG TAIL KITTY by Lark Pien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 23, 2015

"A cotton-candy graphic idyll. (Graphic fantasy. 4-8)"
Four small adventures in the life of Long Tail Kitty. Read full book review >

WHEN THE ANIMALS SAVED EARTH by Alexis York Lumbard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2015

"Some explicit brutality in the pictures adds sobering notes to this pointed fable. (source note) (Picture book/folk tale. 6-9)"
In this version of an ancient but topical tale first recorded in 10th-century Iraq, abused animals and the heedless humans who afflict them argue their cases before a celestial judge. Read full book review >
GOOSEBERRY PARK AND THE MASTER PLAN by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Readers new to Gooseberry Park will hope they don't have to wait another 20 years for the next book. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Twenty years after the publication of Gooseberry Park (1995), Rylant returns with a sequel. Read full book review >
TAD AND DAD by David Ezra Stein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Caldecott honoree Stein makes another splash with this charming duo. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tadpole and his father spend their days together amicably, but when Dad tries to tuck his son in for the night, things do not go as planned. Read full book review >

THE BIG IDEAS OF BUSTER BICKLES by Dave Wasson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"By the time giant robot dinosaurs invade the city, parents of kids with tornado tendencies may find much that is recognizable—and their young ones reading along may find a kindred spirit. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy with a hyperactive imagination encounters a machine that can bring to life his zany ideas in an assured if manic debut. Read full book review >
STORMBOUND by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"The compelling if formulaic plot is muddled by confusing nomenclature. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Star, the most powerful pegasus in Anok, must learn to control his gift of starfire or risk succumbing to evil as his predecessor, Nightwing the Destroyer, did. Read full book review >
GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Rich in all areas, Delphine and her sisters' third outing will fully satisfy the many fans of their first two. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The coping skills of three sisters are put to the test as they leave Brooklyn for a rural summer in 1969 Alabama. Read full book review >
EVIL SPY SCHOOL by Stuart Gibbs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"It's not a nail-biter, but it certainly is an entertaining battle between good and evil. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Super-spy-in-training Ben Ripley is headed for enemy territory. Read full book review >
ARCHIE GREENE AND THE MAGICIAN'S SECRET by D.D. Everest
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Familiarity in fiction breeds boredom. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The delivery of an ancient book propels Archie Greene into a world of magic and danger: the perfect birthday present for any 12-year-old. Read full book review >
FRIEND OR FOE by Jody Feldman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"It's this altruism, combined with a competitive spirit, that will have readers rooting for these kids. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Gollywhopper Games come back for a third round of puzzlers and prizes, with the main contestant a kid who is totally into football. Read full book review >
FART SQUAD by Seamus Pilger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Readers who get a gas from such relentlessly fart-sical humor will come away with aching cheeks. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Lunchroom burritos fuel superpowers in a series blastoff aimed at alimentary readers. 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 >