THE SCARIEST BOOK EVER by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"A delight for kids who have graduated from Hervé Tullet's work and such classics as There's a Monster at the End of This Book. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Shea's ghost is too scared to leave the house and venture into the scary forest. But readers can go see what it's like and come back and tell it all about it. Read full book review >
THE WOLF WHO FELL OUT OF A BOOK by Thierry Robberecht
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Attractive and initially inventive but ultimately lacking in substance. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a toothy black wolf falls out of a book in a little girl's overstuffed library, he learns that real life can be much scarier than fiction. Read full book review >

PLESIOSAUR by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Tempting fare for young dino-devotees. (print, video, and web resource lists) (Informational easy reader. 5-7)"
A gallery of prehistoric marine reptiles, their prey, and their predators. Read full book review >
THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL  by Larry Dane Brimner
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Fits the bill for readers whose own best buds have been lost to school. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Exuberant Puppy and bored Bear meet one day under the gnarled oak, and from then on, they are the best of friends. But will school put an end to their friendship? Read full book review >
MARIGOLD BAKES A CAKE by Mike Malbrough
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Even taking into consideration the anemic finale, the joy evident in Marigold's meticulous attention to his confectionery creations may be enough to satisfy young pastry chefs-in-the-making. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A pinch of finch? A smidgen of pigeon? Marigold the persnickety perfectionist pussycat knows what his cake doesn't need—a kitchen filled with toque-headed birdbrains. Read full book review >

THE EMPEROR'S OSTRICH by Julie Berry
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Readers looking for easy laughs will find them here. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
What do you do with an emperor who has "the heart of a rotten onion and the spine of a soup noodle"? Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"A fun handbook for any child who has ever wanted another friend but been uncertain how to accomplish that. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A how-to book for making friends, if clear and entertaining as well as informative, could be a very useful tool. Read full book review >
WHOBERT WHOVER, OWL DETECTIVE by Jason Gallaher
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"A cracking whooooo-dunit. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An owl detective tries to discover exactly what happened to Perry the possum. Read full book review >
LILY WOOL by Paula Vásquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Delightful. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Don't judge a sheep by its cover. Read full book review >
SPEED BONNIE BOAT by Alfredo Belli
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2017

"A rendition more poignant than patriotic with, at least in the rhymed portions, the cadence of a lullaby. (map) (Picture book. 6-8)"
An illustrated version of the ever popular Scottish "Skye Boat Song," with added lyrics and historical background. Read full book review >
THE PUFFIN PROBLEM by Lori Doody
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2017

"This whimsical, intriguing, and perplexing puzzle provides an entertaining introduction to puffins. (notes) (Picture book. 3-8)"
When a coastal city in Newfoundland is mysteriously inundated with puffins, no one knows what to do until "someone small and smart" devises the perfect plan. Read full book review >
WANDA'S BETTER WAY by Laura Pedersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Bright encouragement for young scientists and makers. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A child discovers that she has a special gift for spotting and solving engineering problems. 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 >