XO, OX by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Persistence pays off seems to be the message in this bracingly un-Valentine-ish love story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children get their first lesson in unrequited love reading the letters between lovelorn Ox and self-centered Gazelle. Read full book review >
THE GRIFFIN OF DARKWOOD by Becky Citra
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Solid worldbuilding makes this a believable, page-turning adventure. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The son of a fantasy novelist finds himself in an adventure worthy of one of his mother's plots. Read full book review >

TOPSY TURVY OCEAN by Wes Magee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"Droll invitations to craft silly verse, though somewhat constrained in creative scope as the examplars are all written on the same template. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
A set of unabashedly surreal marine mix-ups designed to inspire young rhymesters. Read full book review >
WHAT ON EARTH? WIND by Isabel Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"A breeze through a subject often covered in the primary grades. Pair with Vicki Cobb and Julia Gorton's I Face the Wind (2003). (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
A multifaceted invitation to young readers to explore, create, and investigate the phenomenon of wind. Read full book review >
PASSOVER SCAVENGER HUNT by Shanna Silva
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"This may help families develop a new and fun-filled addition to their Seder traditions. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Enjoy a new way to hide and hunt for the afikoman at the Passover Seder. Read full book review >

REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS by Catherine Herbert Howell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Children will get more from their explorations with these guides along. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Following two titles focusing on birds and rocks and minerals (both 2016, not reviewed), the Ultimate Explorer field-guide series continues to expand. Read full book review >
ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 30, 2016

"A bland if pretty treatment for adults who feel their children are not ready for the original. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Paired to creamy, surreal illustrations, an abbreviated and retold account of Alice's sojourn from her encounter with the Cheshire Cat on in this sequel to Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole (2015). Read full book review >
THE FORBIDDEN POWER by Max Brallier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Perhaps there is appeal for dyed-in-the-wool fans, but it's not likely to make converts. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A misfit toy strives to fit in at his new academy. Read full book review >
THAT'S ME LOVING YOU by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Combine this with a kissing hand, and children will be ready to set off on their own to explore the world, safe in the knowledge that they are loved. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Rosenthal describes the love an adult caregiver has for a child as expressed through nature metaphors. Read full book review >
BEFORE YOU by Rebecca Doughty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A celebration of friendship that uses metaphors to excellent effect. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Doughty explores the difference one person can make. Read full book review >
HOW DO DINOSAURS CHOOSE THEIR PETS? by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Mammoth fun for dinosaur and pet lovers alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Face it: when you think about dinosaurs and other animals, you think predator-prey, no? Read full book review >
NINJA ON THE FARM by Luke Flowers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Amusing and accessible. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Moby Shinobi, a young ninja, is eager to use his many skills to help Farmer Bob with his myriad chores. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >