THE CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE by Robin Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 20, 2015

"Here's hoping for more hard-boiled detecting from Wilcox and Griswold! (Mystery. 5-9)"
Two police mice, one missing cake, a bunch of suspects—it's a big case! Read full book review >
AMELIA'S MIDDLE-SCHOOL GRADUATION YEARBOOK by Marissa Moss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 20, 2015

"A hint at the end leaves room for this series to evolve into high school; Amelia may be a bit long in the tooth, but devoted fans will follow. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
In this newest, 20th-anniversary offering of the Amelia's Notebook series, Amelia graduates middle school and reminisces about all she has learned along the way. Read full book review >

ANIMAL SUPERMARKET by Giovanna Zoboli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 16, 2015

"A tongue-in-cheek reminder that good food doesn't have to come in a box, jar or plastic bag. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Would a supermarket catering to animals stock pizza? Ice cream? Sugary snacks? Read full book review >
LITTLE CHANCLAS by José Lozano
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"Any child who's loved a favorite pair of shoes will identify with this vigorous Latina heroine. (Bilingual picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl loves her flip-flops to death—literally—setting up a new-shoe dilemma. Read full book review >
THE WORLD IN A SECOND by Isabel Minhós Martins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"The book's extra-large trim is the perfect format for this mesmerizing vision of a thrillingly expansive world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even "while you turn the pages of this book, the world doesn't stop…." Read full book review >

ROSIE AND ROLLAND IN THE LEGENDARY SHOW-AND-TELL by Jon Berg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"A bewildering mishmash of unintegrated elements, long as well as incoherent. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A child in search of something special to bring to class finds it in a jungle temple—then loses it to a rival. Read full book review >
MAGIC LITTLE WORDS by Angèle Delaunois
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"Beautiful phrasing to be sure, but with etiquette lessons, perhaps it is better to show in action and circumstance rather than to tell. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lyrical attempt to explain the larger concepts behind 11 "magic words" of good manners. Read full book review >
THE POTATO KING by Christoph Niemann
Released: April 15, 2015

"Witty and provocative, the tale provides food for thought in behavior management and governance as well as a great story. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
This German import recounts the intriguing legend surrounding Frederick the Great's potato legislation. Read full book review >
THE CANDY CONSPIRACY by Carrie Snyder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"Read the book and then go brush your teeth. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Children stage a surprising revolution in an ultrasweet kingdom ruled by a sugared tyrant. Read full book review >
THE SKUNK by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Peculiar, perplexing, and persistent—training wheels for Samuel Beckett. (Picture book. 6-10)"
When is a skunk not a skunk? When it's a…skunk. Read full book review >
HENS FOR FRIENDS by Sandy De Lisle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"That Aarón and his family are Latino is just icing on the cake in this engaging introduction to keeping backyard chickens. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Aarón loves all his family's chickens, but Rhode Island Red Margaret is his special favorite. Read full book review >
BEASTLY VERSE by Joohee Yoon
edited by Joohee Yoon, illustrated by Joohee Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Gleefully distinctive stylings, fluorescent colors, and beautiful bookmaking should make an eager new audience for these old poems. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Using just three impossibly bright colors, printmaker Yoon illustrates a collection of animal-themed poems of varying familiarity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >