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 >

AND I HAVE YOU by Maggie Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Very sweet but not particularly fresh. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A celebration of the mother-child bond. Read full book review >
QUEEN DOG by Bridget Heos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This offers lots of commercial appeal with a clever text, polished illustrations, a princess in pink, and a cuddly-cute dog, but the overall effort is forgettable. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A coddled French bulldog rules her household like a queen until a baby arrives in the family. 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 >

THIS OR THAT? by Brandon T. Snider
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This is Book 1. One is more than enough for just about anybody, but Book 2 is available for the very, very avid. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
A compendium of silly, gross, or otherwise oddball dilemmas to solve. Read full book review >
WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT'S JOB? by Allison Singer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A sunny opener for more-nuanced overviews like Judith St. George and David Small's classic So You Want to Be President (2000) or the newest edition of Eyewitness: Presidents (2017). (index, reading guide for parents) (Informational early reader. 6-8)"
A starter volume for newly independent readers curious about what presidents of the U.S. are supposed to do. 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 >
GIRL POWER! by DC Comics
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A decent introduction to the characters, but diversity remains a problem. And give Supergirl some pants! (Board book. 2-3)"
DC Comics' superwomen fight the good fight. Read full book review >
WHAT ON EARTH? WIND by Isabel Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"A breeze through a subject often covered in the primary grades. Pair with Vicki Cobb and Julia Gorton's I Face the Wind (2003). (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
A multifaceted invitation to young readers to explore, create, and investigate the phenomenon of wind. Read full book review >
TOPSY TURVY OCEAN by Wes Magee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"Droll invitations to craft silly verse, though somewhat constrained in creative scope as the examplars are all written on the same template. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
A set of unabashedly surreal marine mix-ups designed to inspire young rhymesters. 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 >
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 >