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 >
MISS MARY MACK by Lucy Bell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"An excellent take on an excellent song. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
The classic song gets put to the page. Read full book review >

DESOLATION CANYON by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"A grand, well-rounded adventure that mixes nature, Native American lore, and the history of the Desolation Canyon region."
London's (The Seasons of Little Wolf, 2014) middle-grade novel follows six people on a transformative rafting trip.Read full book review >
MY BIKE by Byron Barton
Kirkus Star
by Byron Barton, illustrated by Byron Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A natural for group storytimes, though plenty of single tots will enjoy seeing Tom's seemingly quotidian world suddenly transformed. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Barton (My Car, 2001; My Bus, 2014) wheels out another conveyance—but sends this one rolling past a set of escalating surprises to a high-wire climax. Read full book review >
ROALD DAHL'S MISCHIEF AND MAYHEM by Roald Dahl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A properly subversive spinoff. (answers section) (Humor. 9-12)"
Attention, pranksters in search of inspiration! Learn from a master with this mix of extracted passages, quizzes and fresh, sometimes even feasible, exploits. Read full book review >

LITTLE SLEEPYHEAD by Elizabeth McPike
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"In the crowded field of bedtime books, this is a very sweet nighttime send-off for the littlest yawners. (Picture book. 9 mos.-2)"
After a full day, the very young appreciate a hushed yet lively bedtime book to prepare for the evening ritual. Read full book review >
THE GREAT WAR by Jim Kay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Extraordinary. (Short stories. 8 & up)"
A group of celebrated writers, including Michael Morpurgo, A.L. Kennedy, David Almond and John Boyne, reflects on simple artifacts from World War I to create a collection of short stories. Read full book review >
ANYWHERE BUT PARADISE by Anne Bustard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Despite concerns, this coming-of-age tale offers a vivid, accessible portrait of a fascinating time and place. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
As far as Peggy Sue is concerned, Hawaii is no paradise. Read full book review >
DANNY by Yann Le Bec
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Pleasing art hampered by occasionally overblown storytelling and an ungainly plot twist. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lesson in heeding the biased advice of strangers takes an unexpected turn. Read full book review >
NOAH'S ARK by Linda Falken
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Children may need an adult's help to understand the significance of the illustrations, but this thoughtfully designed book deserves attention and a place on the crowded shelf of Noah's Ark retellings. (Picture book/religion. 5-9)"
A wide variety of works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection and those of other museums serve as the illustrations in this retelling of the Old Testament tale of Noah and his Ark. Read full book review >
BAH! SAID THE BABY by Jennifer Plecas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A nifty romp that doubles as a guessing game (with some phonics tied in), this has appeal for large read-aloud crowds as well as siblings who seek a lighter new-baby tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A baby's first word sends mother, brother and sister rushing around to figure out what it means. Read full book review >
TELL ME WHAT TO DREAM ABOUT by Giselle Potter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Playful bedtime treat for wee ones. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When a little girl asks her older sister to tell her what to dream about, the big sister's creative suggestions seem to fall on deaf ears. 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 >