AUDUBON by Fabien Grolleau
by Fabien Grolleau, illustrated by Jérémie Royer, translated by Etienne Gilfillan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A luscious, reimagined biography that will attach a personality to a famous name for 21st-century readers. (biography, notes, selective bibliography) (Graphic novel. 10-15)"
Scenes from the life of the famous 19th-century naturalist John James Audubon, presented in graphic-novel format, demonstrate his passion. Read full book review >
SHELL, BEAK, TUSK by Bridget Heos
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An important aspect of evolutionary theory—though not presented with the author's usual clarity of thought. (bibliography, index) (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
Heos (I, Fly, 2015, etc.) introduces convergent evolution by pairing different animals with similar physical traits. Read full book review >

TUCKER GRIZZWELL'S WORST WEEK EVER by Bill Schorr
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"For fans of the funny papers—and goodness knows, there are many. (Graphic fiction. 7-12)"
A middle school-age bear has a tough week. Read full book review >
HENRY AND THE CHALK DRAGON by Jennifer Trafton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"What's meant to be a romp through a boy's imagination occasionally feels more prescription than fun. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Henry Penwhistle knows he is the only one who can save the world, or at least his school, from his artwork. Read full book review >
DOWN TO EARTH by Nikki Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Informative, varied, entertaining, eye-catching—there's not much more you could ask of this unaffected piece of work. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A global survey of small-scale food production, with kids pitching in with the everyday chores. Read full book review >

MOBY DICK by Philip Edwards
adapted by Philip Edwards, illustrated by Adam Horsepool
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Other recent illustrated versions outsail this superficial recasting. (Picture book. 10-12)"
Shadowy pictures of larger-than-life figures cast atmospheric gloom over this summary version of the classic. Read full book review >
THE KNIGHTS OF BOO'GAR by Art Roche
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A definite pick for fans of goo reading. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Knightly adventure isn't all that flows following the literal "kid"-napping of Princess Phlema's beloved goat. Read full book review >
VIETNAM WAR by Stuart Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A powerful and illuminating overview of the war in Vietnam even though the facts fly like the detonation of an antipersonnel mine. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Murray provides a fact-filled tour d'horizon of the wars suffered by Vietnam from World War II to the Paris Peace Accords. Read full book review >
A TIME TO ACT by Shana Corey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A halting misuse of page space that, in the end, finally presents Kennedy's speech in the proper light. (thumbnail bios of civil rights figures, bibliography, sources, further reading) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
A roundabout history of President John F. Kennedy's June 11, 1963, address on American civil rights. Read full book review >
KEEP ON TRUCKIN' by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Beware giant raccoon-eating sharks and enormous beavers! (Science fiction. 7-11)"
Escaping a planet-sized strip mall was a snap compared to surviving a planet full of computer-controlled vehicles running amok. Read full book review >
PANDORA by Victoria Turnbull
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A valuable ecological message, deftly delivered. Incandescent. (Picture book. 3-9)"
A gentle fox finds a friend in a desolate world. Read full book review >
BE QUIET! by Ryan T. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"From Captain Quiet's clever belt buckle ('SH') to Rupert's gaping tonsil shots, Higgins has once again drawn up a winner. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Having failed in the hospitality business due to a rude and surly bear (Hotel Bruce, 2016), mice Rupert, Nibbs, and Thistle decide to go into publishing. 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 >