RORY THE RABBIT by Yimei Wang
by Yimei Wang, illustrated by Chunmiao Li, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Young children will relate to Rory's dilemma and respond to the adorable illustrations, but non-native readers will struggle to use the book as a learning tool. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-12)"
When Rory the rabbit discovers he's different from his rabbit friends, he feels self-conscious and decides to find another tribe. Read full book review >
CREATURES CLOSE UP by Gillian Watts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Hyper-realistic delights for young naturalists. (index) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Forty-five small animals, most native to Madagascar, pose with regal splendor in a French photographer's eye-widening sampler. Read full book review >

ENOUGH WATER? by Firefly Books
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Cogent statistics and topic somewhat diluted by a simplistic presentation. (index, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
An exploration of our "water footprint" in infographics, with suggestions for reducing it. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Generous swathes of inspiration, albeit over a foundation that seems shifty next to more-authoritative sources such as Ruth Ashby and Deborah Gore Ohrn's Herstory (1995). (index) (Collective biography. 11-13)"
Heartfelt tributes to over 200 women, from Sappho to Hillary Clinton, who made—or are making—history. Read full book review >
THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO CURSES by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A real treat. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A rollicking introduction to a fantasy trilogy set in Scotland. Read full book review >

THORFINN THE NICEST VIKING AND THE TERRIBLE TREASURE by David MacPhail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Brains trump brawn every time—at least for this horn-helmed peacemaker. (Historical farce. 8-10)"
Being some of the exploits of Thorfinn the Very-Very-Nice-Indeed. Read full book review >
KATHA SAGAR, OCEAN OF STORIES by Sarah Conover
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"The co-authors struggle with only limited success to bring a variety of memorable stories of Hindu mythology together into one cohesive tale. (authors' note, story notes and sources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Lakshmi, a pauranika (trained storyteller versed in the ancient Hindu epics), lives in a village in southern India and narrates legends and folk tales from various Hindu epics to its children. Read full book review >
ANCIENT STORIES FOR MODERN TIMES by Faye Mogensen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"For the storyteller with a particular mission. (Folklore. 6-10)"
Purposeful stories meant to enlighten older children and adults in both religious and secular settings. Read full book review >
LITTLE LEK LONGTAIL LEARNS TO SLEEP by Bette Killion
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"While Killion's efforts to highlight a little-known creature and teach a moral lesson are commendable, the preachy tone may turn off kids and adults alike. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Combining elements of the traditional folk tale and an Aesop's fable, Killion offers a moral tale about how the now-threatened argus pheasant learned to sleep through the night. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF WILDLY SPECTACULAR SPORTS SCIENCE by Sean Connolly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Worth the purchase just to learn the most effective angle to skip a stone across a water surface. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Hands-on demonstrations and explanations show how scientific principles apply in the wide world of sports. Read full book review >
THE CHARMING LIFE OF IZZY MALONE by Jenny Lundquist
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"This story of an atypical girl, her family, and friends, laced with middle school drama, is indeed a charming one. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When her parents enroll her in a charm school, a nonconforming middle schooler finds her life transformed. Read full book review >
THE ILLUSTRATED ATLAS OF ARCHITECTURE AND MARVELOUS MONUMENTS by Sarah Tavernier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 25, 2016

"A well-designed compendium of information about world architecture, if a mite formal. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
From France, an elegantly designed atlas of world architecture, illustrated exclusively with drawings and packed with useful facts about a large selection of around 36 noteworthy monuments from each of six continents. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >