HUG IT OUT! by Louis Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"It's not a complex story, but it's a wise one that shows through a specific example how siblings get along, even when they often don't. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The push and literal pull (usually hair) of sibling rivalry is explored in a direct and comically knowing way in animator Thomas' debut picture book. Read full book review >
WOLF IN THE SNOW by Matthew Cordell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Deeply satisfying. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A near-wordless story of kindness repaid. Read full book review >

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 >
MARTIN'S DREAM DAY by Kitty Kelley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A bland, undistinguished photo essay of a milestone event in American history. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Celebrity biographer Kelley offers an account of the 1963 March on Washington, paired to the images of acclaimed photojournalist Tretick. 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 >
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 >
SCAR ISLAND by Dan Gemeinhart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Children who respond to it well will read it over and over again. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lord of the Flies set on Alcatraz, with the Gothic sensibility of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Read full book review >
THE IMPOSSIBLE CLUE by Sarah  Rubin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A perplexing mystery with a savvy sleuth and unexpected outcome. (Mystery. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old math whiz keen on solving problems tackles the case of a missing scientist. Read full book review >
ABRAHAM by Frank Keating
by Frank Keating, illustrated by Mike Wimmer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Like the faces on Mount Rushmore, this entry in the series provides a face but falls short on substance. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Following Theodore (2006) and George (2012), Keating adds a new face to the Mount Rushmore series. 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 >