HUG IT OUT! by Louis Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"It's not a complex story, but it's a wise one that shows through a specific example how siblings get along, even when they often don't. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The push and literal pull (usually hair) of sibling rivalry is explored in a direct and comically knowing way in animator Thomas' debut picture book. Read full book review >
A KIDS' GUIDE TO AMERICA'S FIRST LADIES by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An inspirational lot, overall, of women who have 'enhanced our country in many resplendent ways.' (selected sources, index) (Collective biography. 10-14)"
Frank profiles of 45 women who, for the most part, made the best of a "weird job." Read full book review >

GOOD NIGHT! GOOD NIGHT! by Carin Berger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Young readers will giggle over the bedtime jollity, while parents may recognize the familiar bedtime battle and see themselves in the mother rabbit whose love and patience prevail.(Picture book. 3-7)"
Three mischievous bunnies finally fall asleep in this playful look at the bedtime routine. Read full book review >
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An enjoyable piece that will entice readers back to the original tale (conveniently re-illustrated by Voake and publishing simultaneously). (Picture book. 2-6)"
Newlyweds Owl and Pussy-cat are ready for another adventure in this continuation of Edward Lear's classic poem. Read full book review >
SIREN SISTERS by Dana Langer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Touching on family relationships, grieving, growing up, first romance, and Norse mythology, this is an exciting fantasy with a heart-stopping ending by an author to watch. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
On the cusp of her 13th birthday, reluctant siren-in-training Lorelei Salt, who soon will be joining her sisters in luring ships to their dooms with their glorious singing, finds herself responsible for destroying the Sea Witch's curse and saving her sisters' lives in this debut novel set in present-day Maine. Read full book review >

A PERFECT MATCH by Megan Maynor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Understanding each other's unique needs is a tricky lesson to navigate—Ella and Penguin do so with charm and wit. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The kindly duo from Ella and Penguin Stick Together (2015) explore another friendship theme. Read full book review >
THE WITCH'S VACUUM CLEANER  by Terry Pratchett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Bravery shows up almost as often as buffoonery in these satiric bits and bobs. (Fantasy/short stories. 10-12)"
More free-range juvenilia from the much-missed creator of Discworld. Read full book review >
THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT by Edward Lear
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An endearing version that appeals to children and adults alike. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Edward Lear's famous lovers sail away for a year and a day in this lushly illustrated picture-book edition. Read full book review >
DELIVERY by Aaron Meshon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Whimsical delight. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A box of cookies travels from the kitchen where they're made to a destination across the universe. Read full book review >
THE BAD GUYS by Aaron Blabey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"We challenge anyone to read this and keep a straight face. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Four misunderstood villains endeavor to turn over a new leaf…or a new rap sheet in Blabey's frenzied romp. Read full book review >
REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS by Catherine Herbert Howell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Children will get more from their explorations with these guides along. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Following two titles focusing on birds and rocks and minerals (both 2016, not reviewed), the Ultimate Explorer field-guide series continues to expand. Read full book review >
PERFECT by Nicola Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An emotionally vivid, hopeful illustration of unpredictability, disappointment, and acceptance—recommended for children and parents alike. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
A fledgling swift helps a child cope with disappointment when a baby sister is different than expected. 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 >