SIDE BY SIDE by Rachel Bright
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"This sweet celebration of friendship is elevated by its winsome illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little mouse finds a friend in this rhyming picture book. Read full book review >
THE OCTOPUPPY by Martin McKenna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Jarvis' tale will inspire listeners to laugh...and ask for an octopuppy. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When is a dog not a dog? When he's an octopuppy. Read full book review >

THE ELEPHANTOM by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"While imaginary friends are a common theme in picture books, phantom animals offer a different twist—and the conceit may give kids an excuse to offer up when things go wrong. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An elephantom? What's that? A phantom elephant, of course. Read full book review >
WILLIAM & THE MISSING MASTERPIECE by Helen Hancocks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"As with Hancocks' memorable debut, Penguin in Peril (2014), this will not fail to both enchant and engage. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lovers of art, runny cheese and cats will be drawn to this adventure featuring William, "international cat of mystery." Read full book review >
MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS by Tara Altebrando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Altebrando neatly integrates humor and poignancy into a middle-grade tale of change. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When 12-year-old Kate learns that her beloved home, Big Red, is going on the market, she is determined to stop the sale—or at least postpone it until her first dance competition. Read full book review >

PETLANDIA by Peter Hannan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Nick Bruel's books about Bad Kitty and Puppy are far better treatments of the theme than this tired outing. (Humor. 6-9)"
Petlandia: utopia or P-U-topia? Read full book review >
THE UNBELIEVABLE TOP SECRET DIARY OF PIG by Emer Stamp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"While practiced readers may grow tired of the faux bad grammar, kids who prioritize fart jokes over proper diction will hope the sequel hops the pond soon. (Humor. 7-11)"
Can Pig and friend Duck best the evil chickens and escape Farmer's roasting oven? Read full book review >
WOOF by Spencer Quinn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Utterly charmed by a spunky girl and her charismatic canine, mystery fans will find themselves looking forward to a return to the little bayou town of St. Roch. (Mystery. 8-12)"
In a Louisiana bayou town, a girl and her dog set out to solve a mystery, battling bad guys and big gators along the way. Read full book review >
BIG NEWS! by Ida Siegal
by Ida Siegal, illustrated by Karla Peña
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Light on substance but an entertaining series debut nonetheless. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Third-grader Emma Perez is obsessed with becoming a famous star, and inspired by a news reporter on TV, Emma decides becoming a reporter is her path to fame; now she just needs to find her first story. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED HENRY by Linda Urban
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A story that humorously but gently reminds overprotective families that it is natural and necessary and healthy for a child to learn to do for himself. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture book about a youngest child who wants to grow up...but the rest of the family isn't ready to let him. Read full book review >
HOW TO CATCH A MOUSE by Philippa Leathers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Clemmie in a trench coat, using what she's learned, is worth the price of admission alone. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Ginger kitten Clemmie keeps her house mouse-free…or does she? Read full book review >
HOME TWEET HOME by Courtney Dicmas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A few choppy parts lead to an uneven read-aloud, but the page-turn reveals are their own reward. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A family of cave swallows decides that its nest is too small. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >