MONKEYS ON A FAST by Kaushik Viswanath
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"An amusing folk tale equally suited to multicultural programming and wellness collections, if not monkey-themed storytimes. (Picture book/folk tale. 3-6)"
Chakku the monkey chieftain tries to control his chubby tribe. Read full book review >
THE GLORKIAN WARRIOR EATS ADVENTURE PIE by James Kochalka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Kooky, bubble-gum fun. (Graphic science fiction/humor. 5-10)"
Silliness reigns supreme as the Glorkian Warrior finds himself on another goofy illustrated adventure that revolves around food and fart jokes. Read full book review >

MARIAMA by Jéronimo Cornelles
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"The artwork will lure readers into spending time on each page, though the representation of Mariama's experience is at best elliptical. (brief African cultural notes) (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Mariama moves from Fulakunda, a small West African village, to a metropolis in Europe or North America, she adjusts to life with her new light-skinned friends and observes that they are more alike than different. Read full book review >
USE YOUR WORDS, SOPHIE! by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Absolutely enchanting—a must-have for the new-sibling shelf. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Sophie, the spirited mouse toddler, is back—navigating sisterhood with mischief and delight. Read full book review >
IN MARY'S GARDEN by Carson Kügler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"A friendly chronicle of an offbeat artist. (author's note, photos) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A portrait of Wisconsin folk artist Mary Nohl (1914-2001) and her sculptures. Read full book review >

IT'S ONLY STANLEY by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Fun—just plain fun. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The Wimbledon family—mother, father, four children, a cat, and Stanley, a brilliantly inventive beagle—have a sleepless night. Read full book review >
WON TON AND CHOPSTICK by Lee Wardlaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"A satisfying companion to Won Ton's eponymous first outing (2011). (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Black cat Won Ton's perfect life with Boy hits a puppy of a hiccup. Read full book review >
IN TODD WE TRUST by Louise Galveston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Instead of satire, readers get a zany adventure, which would be perfectly satisfactory—if it were zany enough. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This sequel to By the Grace of Todd (2014) sees the return of the title character and his acolytes.Read full book review >
HOPPER'S DESTINY by Lisa Fiedler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Mouse fantasy fans will cheer brave-hearted Hopper's latest adventure. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Mouseheart (2014), warrior mouse Hopper finds himself on the streets of Brooklyn, where he discovers new allies for his efforts to bring peace to the rodents of the subway tunnels.Read full book review >
HYPNOTIZE A TIGER by Calef Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"With verse and illustrations running the gamut from creative to kooky and occasionally gross, kids should devour this entertaining collection in one sitting. (Poetry. 6-12)"
More nonsense verse from inveterate punster/illustrator Brown. Read full book review >
THE GREAT BIG GREEN BOOK by Mary Hoffman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"Far too hard a sell for the intended audience. (glossary, websites) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Busy, colorful cartoons accompany text meant to encourage environmental activism in children. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF LIFE by Catherine Barr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"A high-spirited lead-in to discussions of evolution's proofs and mechanisms, despite the anthropocentric view of Earth's biosphere. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Using colorful language and depicting crayon and collage creatures with wide eyes, even at the single-cell stage, this simple account retraces the history of life on Earth from "tiny floating bits" to humans. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >