LUKE & THE LITTLE SEED by Giuliano Ferri
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Readers will appreciate seeing the good things that come to those who wait, watch, and water. (Picture book. 3-8)"
What could be a better gift for a wee mouse than a mysterious gift that promises both something delicious to eat and branches to climb and play on? Read full book review >
TILT YOUR HEAD, ROSIE THE RED by Rosemary McCarney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A sketchy bit of behavior modeling that may serve as a discussion starter but has all the thematic and psychological depth of some franchise athlete's side project. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In this semiautobiographical outing, a budding social activist turns jeers to cheers by spinning her new classmate's hijab as a fashion statement. 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 >
SONA AND THE WEDDING GAME by Kashmira Sheth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Everyone will want to attend this wedding. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Who would have thought that the bride's younger sister must steal the groom's shoes at an Indian wedding ceremony? Not Sona. 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 AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A picture book worth reading about a historical figure worth remembering. (Picture book biography. 7-10)"
An honestly told biography of an important politician whose name every American should know. <.p> 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 >
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 >
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 >