HOW TO MAKE AWESOME COMICS by Neill Cameron
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A friendly and engaging orientation for emerging comics creators, although the activity pages make this one for home collections rather than library use. (appendices) (Graphic nonfiction. 6-10)"
A cheerful guide offering a beginner's course in designing comics. Read full book review >
DADDY HONK HONK! by Rosalinde Bonnet
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A sweet adoption tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A fox unexpectedly becomes an adoptive parent in this charming book about what babies need. Read full book review >

CLAYTON BYRD GOES UNDERGROUND by Rita Williams-Garcia
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Strong characterizations and vivid musical scenes add layers to this warm family story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An African-American youngster is happiest when he can play his harmonica with his bluesman grandfather until tragedy removes the music from his life. Read full book review >
RODZILLA by Rob Sanders
by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Dan Santat
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Older siblings will find much to identify with. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's a dinosaur! It's a toddler! It's Rodzilla! Read full book review >
BARNYARD BOOGIE! by Tim McCanna
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"It's nothing innovative or heretofore unseen, but it is a good addition to storytimes on barnyard animals, music, or finding one's talent. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A more musical barnyard there never was! Read full book review >

CRICKET IN THE THICKET by Carol Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Happy-go-lucky fun with words, collage, and a smattering of facts about bugs. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
Each of over 25 different "bugs" receives its own short, titled, whimsical poem, an accompanying collage, and a few sentences of factual information. Read full book review >
GREEN GREEN by Marie Lamba
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"The intricacies of the vibrant artwork dazzle, helping to lift the weak storyline. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As a community garden springs up between concrete blocks and asphalt slabs, the literal urban jungle's praises are sung with each scene of burgeoning life. Read full book review >
QUESTIONS ASKED by Jostein Gaarder
by Jostein Gaarder, illustrated by Akin Düzakin, translated by Don Bartlett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Quiet, respectful, and touching. (Picture book. 8-12)"
The Norwegian philosopher and author of Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (1994), brings out the existentialist in even the youngest reader. Read full book review >
KNOCK ABOUT WITH THE FITZGERALD-TROUTS by Esta Spalding
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A miss. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Natural disasters, aggressive wildlife, parental abandonment, responsibility for a baby, and looming poverty make life on a tropical island less enjoyable than one might imagine. Read full book review >
FAIREST OF THEM ALL by Sarah Darer Littman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A cute story with a few leaps in logic. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Imagine wanting to be a fashion designer when your mother is the actual Sleeping Beauty who fell asleep under a spell for 100 years after pricking her finger on a spindle. Read full book review >
OCTO-MAN AND THE HEADLESS MONSTER by Jane Kelley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Busy and insubstantial plot plus only mildly amusing illustrations add up to very little. (Fiction. 6-9)"
"Walter isn't a bad boy." That's what Walter's mother always says…and she has to say it a lot. Read full book review >
CRASH! by Nancy Krulik
by Nancy Krulik, illustrated by Louis Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"With its promising high concept and laced with plenty of wry humor, this series opener has broad appeal—a good choice for reluctant readers. (Science fiction. 6-9)"
It's tough to be the new kid in school; when the school is on the strange planet your family's spaceship just crashed on, the challenges only mount. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >