SIMON AND THE BIG, BAD, ANGRY BEASTS by Ian De Haes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2018

"The anger-management shelves are well-stocked, but this makes a serviceable addition, with value added for caregivers seeking advice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Simon is thrilled to discover that his tantrums create a series of raging, scary beasts in this Belgian import. Read full book review >
THE MARVELOUS MUSTARD SEED by Amy-Jill Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2018

"An enigmatic parable that fails to bloom. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
Co-authors Levine (New Testament and Jewish Studies/ Vanderbilt Univ.) and Sasso, a rabbi, turn their accumulated theological training to adapting a biblical parable of Jesus into a picture book. Read full book review >

WASH ON! by Michèle Marineau
by Michèle Marineau, illustrated by Manon Gauthier, translated by Erin Woods
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 27, 2018

"Topsy-turvy offbeat fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A girl alters a simple phrase and changes the world. Read full book review >
PAPA BEAR'S PAGE FRIGHT by Wade Bradford
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2018

"This is metafiction done very well; it's actually three stories in one: Goldilocks', Papa Bear's, and of course, the one read by the Narrator character. All will have children chortling. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Fractured versions of familiar tales never seem to get old; they're almost always funny, especially with a main character as hilariously abashed as this one. Read full book review >
ACROSS THE DARK WATER by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Even committed series fans may find the human storyline slow going. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Following the four-book Guardian Herd series, a new series opener in the same world. Read full book review >

HOW TO AVOID THE FEARSOME CAT  by Yoon Jeong Choi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"There are better books about both graphing and belling the cat; skip this combination. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A community of mice uses brainstorming, voting, and graphing to determine how to deal with a cat. Read full book review >
THE BAGEL KING by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"The endearing portrayal of a young boy's relationship with his grandfather makes for a warm, intergenerational story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A minor accident temporarily alters a weekly Sunday-morning-breakfast ritual. Read full book review >
NOTHING HAPPENS IN THIS BOOK by Judy Ann Sadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A lively tale in which observant readers will discover—long before the narrator does—that in fact much more than nothing happens in this book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This book's appeal lies in the fact that the title tells a lie. Read full book review >
OLD MISERY by James Sage
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Shelve this bonbon with Edward Gorey. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A tale of trickery takes an extra left turn. Read full book review >
SNAILS ARE JUST MY SPEED! by Kevin McCloskey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Overall, a fun read and a smart selection for any elementary nature shelf. (Graphic informational early reader. 6-8)"
Young naturalists will love McCloskey's look at snails. Read full book review >
GORDON by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"As Gordon would think: more fun than a game of ball. (Graphic fiction. 6-11)"
Can a trip back in time save Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel and the humans they protect from being overrun? Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Deftly promotes a positive message about embracing and harnessing one's curiosity and intelligence to make a difference. (Picture book. 5-10)"
It's monsoon season in Bangladesh, which means Iqbal's mother has to cook inside the house using firewood. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >