PABLO PINEDA by Albert Bosch
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A disappointingly vague tale of achievement in the face of low expectations. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Bosch and Sala relate the accomplishments of Pablo Pineda, a white Spanish boy who became the first European with Down syndrome to graduate from university. Read full book review >
POTTYMOUTH AND STOOPID by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2017

"An entertaining—but not particularly original—addition to the perennially relevant genre. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Sludgepuggle! Pottymouth and Stoopid take on relentless bullies, terrible teachers, and a dastardly Ex-Dad. Read full book review >

OZZY THE OSTRICH  by José Carlos Andrés
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2017

"An amusing trifle for those that like animal stories. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ozzy is about to be a mother when lions arrive for an attack! Read full book review >
MY DADDY IS A SILLY MONKEY by Dianne Hofmeyr
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2017

"Readers at home and at school will enjoy using this as a springboard for describing their own dads and the things they do together. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl uses metaphors to describe her fun-loving dad throughout a day spent together. Read full book review >
SIX BLIND MICE AND AN ELEPHANT by Jude Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2017

"Sweet illustrations and an updated ending to an old fable allow the moral to come through without the conflicts of earlier versions. Lovely. (Picture book. 4-7)"
On a very hot day, an elephant wanders into a barn and has a nap. Excited to finally see an elephant up close, the farmer calls in his family, who call in neighbors to see the magnificent animal. Read full book review >

WELCOME TO MY HOUSE by Gaia Stella
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2017

"An inventive spin on what's too often a strictly utilitarian format. (index) (Picture book. 3-7)"
This French import offers a visual feast of a domestic taxonomy. Read full book review >
MIDDLE SCHOOL MAYHEM by Rachel Renée Russell
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"Kids who want to see this sort of adventure done well should opt for Varian Johnson's Jackson Greene books; kids who are charmed by puke jokes may find this mildly diverting. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
Max Crumbly is back, blundering through his second misadventure. Read full book review >
WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID AT SCHOOL by Refe Tuma
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"Better add plastic dinosaurs to the shopping list—kids will want in on the fun. (Picture book. 5-10)"
After demolishing a house with their antics (What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night, 2015), the plastic dinosaur toys stow away in a backpack and wreak havoc on a school. Read full book review >
SLEEPING BEAUTY by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"This adequate but unnecessary new version could be left sleeping on the shelf. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
This version of the oft-told story opens with a fusty philosophical frontispiece: "Many see Time as a friend, and many see Time as a foe. But for a sleeping beauty, Time was a promise." Read full book review >
WOLF PUPS JOIN THE PACK by American Museum of Natural History
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"A bland also-ran trailing a large litter of like-themed pups. (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
A photo album of young wolves running, playing, and growing through their first year. Read full book review >
BROKEN PRIDE by Erin Hunter
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"Wild and wonderful. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When a rival lion violently assumes leadership of a pride, Fearless Gallantpride, son of the fallen leader, is forced to run. But how can one young cub survive on his own? Read full book review >
WALLY WANTS TO HUG by Barbara Joose
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"A light dose of problem-solving with a climactic dash of suspense, all tightly wrapped in warm feelings. (Picture book. 4-6)"
His classmates' (understandable) reluctance to accept affectionate squeezes makes Wally the boa constrictor sad. 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 >