IF by Rudyard Kipling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"The poem is widely available in collections, but this rendition—an ethereal alternative to the edition illustrated with photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr. (2007)—makes a lovely keepsake. (introduction) (Picture book. 8-12)"
Though at times symbolic or only obliquely related to the adjacent lines, Manna's graceful images lend luminous visual notes to Kipling's stately prescription for maturity. Read full book review >
MR ROUSE BUILDS HIS HOUSE by Stefan Themerson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Fascinatingly anachronistic and a tad long-winded, this book is an eccentric curiosity that will have both kids and adults puzzling over its arcane Briticisms and enjoying its Python-esque wackiness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Originally published by Polish poet and avant-garde filmmaker Themerson in 1938 and illustrated with charming line drawings by his wife Franciszka, this miniature hardback book in six chapters tells the story of Mr. Rouse's unusual house-building challenges. Read full book review >

THE GEESE MARCH IN STEP by Jean-François Dumont
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A jazzy, eye-catching take on the ancient beat of the distant drummer. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Zita, an innocently precocious gosling, can't find common ground with the tradition of marching in step down to the pond in the morning. Read full book review >
THE MERMAID AND THE SHOE by K.G. Campbell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Although this luminous tale of self-discovery has echoes of "The Little Mermaid," like Minnow, it sings its own strong song. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Unlike her talented older sisters, a little mermaid feels disappointingly ordinary until her curiosity unveils her special skills. Read full book review >
CHARLIE BUMPERS VS. THE REALLY NICE GNOME by Bill Harley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Charlie's fans will be psyched to see that Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull is scheduled for fall 2014. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Charlie Bumpers knows the role he wants in the fourth-grade class play: Evil Sorcerer Kragon. What does he get? The Nice Gnome. Boogers. Read full book review >

EXTREME SURVIVORS by Connie Roop
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Just the ticket to spark or nurture early interest in the wonders of the natural world. (Informational early reader. 5-7)"
"Extreme" gets a broad definition (ticks?), but the first-rate photographs and easy-to-read commentary in this survey of animals adapted to harsh habitats will win over budding naturalists. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC TRAP by Jacqueline Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Action and humor make the hard lessons go down easy. (magic-trick instructions) (Fiction. 8-11)"
Sibs Evan and Jessie face their toughest physical and emotional challenges yet in this concluding—and best so far—sequel to The Lemonade War (2007). Read full book review >
ALBERT THE MUFFIN-MAKER by Eleanor May
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"An enjoyable, instructive story with humor, heart and a pair of adorable mice. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ordinal numbers are featured in this delightful entry in the Mouse Math series starring brother-and-sister team Albert and Wanda. Read full book review >
TYRANNOSAURUS WRECKS! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Along with the pleasure of pronouncing those multisyllabic dino names, young audiences may find food for thought in the behavioral dynamics on display. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Primary socialization and cooperation in action—with dinosaurs, and no grown-ups in sight. Read full book review >
PUDDLE PUG by Kim Norman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Sweet and muddy—err, sunny. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Are the pigs' digs big enough for both a porcine family and a mud-loving pug? Read full book review >
THE MERMAID'S SHOES by Sanne te Loo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Genuinely sweet. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Long after she's back home in the city, a little girl dreams of her vacation by the sea. Read full book review >
TOUCAN CAN! by Juliette MacIver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Read the book for its gleeful energy, but have one with antipodean animal descriptions on hand to answer questions. (Picture book. 3-6)"
There are so many things these colorful birds can do. Can you? Read full book review >