ZUBERT by Charlie Sutcliffe
Released: April 1, 2014

"It's a playful, even psychedelic feast for the eyes, but don't get it for the story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Attendees at a convention of extraterrestrials mingle with equally strange, large-headed children as young Zubert rides with his mother in her van to deliver flowers to the best hotels in London. Read full book review >
TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR by Mies van Hout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Most songbooks fall into two categories: either a traditional picture book with one song or a big volume with an assortment of songs. This effort hits a nice in-between note. (Picture book/songbook. 2-6)"
Twelve children's songs are presented in this picture book with accompanying CD. Read full book review >

BEST FRIEND TROUBLE by Frances Itani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A warm, pithy navigation of the ups and downs of friendship, this straightforward selection points out the necessity of catharsis and the satisfaction of compromise. (Picture book. 3-6)"
SURPRISE by Mies van Hout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"While certainly a work that will appeal to parents, it will also delight children with the profusion of color and the single words illustrated with so much energy and imagination. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Extraordinary colors and single words describe the journey of bird parents and children. Read full book review >
POM AND PIM by Lena Landström
Released: April 1, 2014

"A perfect primer for the existential philosophy required for a small one to make it through the day. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Young Pom and his potato-shaped rag doll, Pim, make their way through the ups and downs of everyday life. Read full book review >

WATCH OUT FOR THE CROCODILE by Lisa Moroni
Released: April 1, 2014

"An evocative nod to the power of lateral thinking and flights of fancy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A redheaded pixie takes to the woods with her father in hopes of seeing cavemen and other wild things. Read full book review >
ARCHIE TAKES FLIGHT by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A solid start to a new chapter-book series. (Adventure. 6-9)"
Archie Morningstar has been waiting for "eight years, eight months, and eight days" to ride along with his taxicab-driving father. But when the night finally arrives, the experience proves to be out of this world. Read full book review >
BIG PIGS by Leslie Helakoski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Gleeful—and opaque. (Picture book. 3-6)"
These three little porkers behave like...well, you know, until their mama teaches them a surprising lesson. Read full book review >
TASUNKA by Donald F. Montileaux
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"The simply told legend, brilliant illustrations and handsome book design combine for a compelling, important work. (illustrator's note, further reading list) (Folk tale. 6-10)"
Montileaux, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, adapts the legend of the tribe's domestication of the horse in this bilingual English-Lakota edition. Read full book review >
THE LOST STONE by Jordan Quinn
Released: April 1, 2014

" A gentle adventure that sets the stage for future quests. (Fantasy. 5-8)"
A lonely prince gains a friend for a quest to find a missing jewel. Read full book review >
CLAUDE AT THE BEACH by Alex T. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers who take it too seriously might end up like Claude, floating in the middle of the ocean, wearing baggy underpants (held together with sticky tape) and pursued by a shark—but they'll be laughing. (Fiction. 7-10)"
This early chapter book is often hilarious, but it should not be used as an instruction manual, as Claude the dog is not much of a role model. Read full book review >
THE QUAYSIDE CAT by Toby Forward
Released: April 1, 2014

"Gorgeous illustrations combine with the poetic language of the narrative to create a winsome journey. (Picture Book. 3-7)"
A wharf cat gets a taste of life at sea. Read full book review >