CHEFS AND WHAT THEY DO by Liesbet Slegers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"The percentage of American children who often visit restaurants of the type described may be relatively small, but blossoming foodies will enjoy learning about activity behind the scenes in a high-end restaurant. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Where does the delicious food in a restaurant come from?   Read full book review >
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 >