PEACE DANCER by Roy Henry Vickers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 27, 2016

"A rare variant of a nearly universal myth, with powerfully evocative illustrations. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
A Tsimshian artist links a flood tale from his village to a frequently performed potlatch dance. Read full book review >
AT NIGHT by Helga Bansch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"With the feel of a fine and handsome tintype, this Austrian import makes night newly beguiling. (Picture book. 2-6)"
For all but a few, the night is a foreign country. Read full book review >

THE BLACK AND WHITE FACTORY by Eric  Telchin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"It's conceptually clever enough, but metatexts and reader participation are plentiful these days, and the art can't compare with Hervé Tullet's Mix It Up (2014) or Deborah Freedman's Blue Chicken (2011). (Picture book. 4-7)"
A factory producing black-and-white items faces adjustment. Read full book review >
CLEONARDO, THE LITTLE INVENTOR by Mary GrandPré
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An inspiring tale for inventors of all ages. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young girl secretly invents a machine to impress her father. Read full book review >
KAI TO THE RESCUE! by Audrey Penn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An oft-told tale in fire-truck form. It's earnest, but it fizzles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When a tiny green-and-white pumper joins the fire crew, the captain truck doubts his abilities. Read full book review >

PIRASAURS! by Josh Funk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Prehistoric pirates are always worth a play, as is the peaceable theme, but such amateurish writing merits only the old heave-ho. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A small dinosaur earns the respect of a scaly crew of dino-pirates with a clever bit of conflict resolution. Read full book review >
ICE CREAM & DINOSAURS by Eric Litwin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Joe isn't quite as cool as Pete, but a catchy tune, dancing dinosaurs, and strawberry ice cream are an enticing combination. Here's hoping Groovy Joe soon meets a female counterpart—perhaps Hep Hilda or Beatnik Betty? (Picture book. 3-8)"
The author of the first few entries in the wildly popular Pete the Cat series debuts a new series starring Groovy Joe, a guitar-playing, ice cream-loving hound dog. Read full book review >
THE SNURTCH by Sean Ferrell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Original in its visual and linguistic presentation of behavioral problems, this important call for understanding should sit on library, classroom, and bedrooms shelves—the high ones, just above a Snurtch's reach. (Picture book. 2-8)"
The Snurtch sits in Ruthie's seat at school, all furry, spiky, goofy, and googly-eyed, waiting—just as she expected. Read full book review >
THE PROS & CONS OF BEING A FROG by Sue deGennaro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This celebration of differences displays great respect for readers' intelligence and yields more with each reading. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The amphibian in this Australian import is actually a child who likes to dress as something else because it "makes me feel brave." Read full book review >
BE THE CHANGE by Arun Gandhi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Decidedly and deliberately didactic, the book aims to spark action on the part of listeners, making it a title best shared by adults who are interested in the topic and motivated to continue the conversation. (authors' note) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
The creators of Grandfather Gandhi (2014) return with a lesson about the complex foundations of violence in our world. Read full book review >
THE MARVELOUS MAGIC OF MISS MABEL by Natasha Lowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Wild fantasy, sly satire, and sharply observed family dynamics are the hallmarks of this tasty, effervescent series (along with mouthwatering recipes); this volume's the most delectable yet. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Nora was thrilled to find Mabel in a flowerpot on her doorstep, even if the baby's unconventional arrival displeased their neighbors in 1881 Yorkshire. Read full book review >
VAULT OF SHADOWS by Jonathan Maberry
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Magic, aliens, and now…zombies—a can't-miss combination. (Fantasy/science fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old white Milo Silk continues to lead the Orphan Army against the evil extraterrestrial Swarm in this follow-up to The Orphan Army (2015). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >