HER IDEA by Rilla Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A perfect storm of ugly imagery, sloppy thinking and subpar writing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The author of The Best Book in the World (2014), a paean to reading, brings to the art of writing the same over-the-top exuberance.Read full book review >
TROMBONE SHORTY by Troy Andrews
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"This well-told and exquisitely illustrated story of a musician with a steep career trajectory will inspire young readers to pursue their passions, despite the challenges. (illustrator's note) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
An autobiographical tale of a young man who started making "musical gumbo" at age 4. Read full book review >

WILD IDEAS by Elin Kelsey
Kirkus Star
by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Profound and entirely wonderful. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-12)"
Finding solutions to sticky problems can be a mind-expanding adventure. Read full book review >
FRIENDS OF A FEATHER by Lauren Myracle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Humor and humility mark Ty's arc in his third outing. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Now that his best friend, Joseph, is out of the hospital and returning to school, second-grader Ty hopes things will be just as they used to be, but he finds that change is a normal part of life. Read full book review >
THE BOOK THAT PROVES TIME TRAVEL HAPPENS by Henry Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A worthwhile if convoluted read that will extend readers' knowledge of history and expand their concept of 'diversity.' (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Where time travel, historical fiction and nonfiction, ancient Chinese design and Morse code collide—keep up, or risk being left in the past…or the future. Read full book review >

SLEEPLESS KNIGHT by James Sturm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"This Knight may be sleepless, but he certainly does shine. (Graphic early reader. 4-7)"
How is a Knight supposed to fall asleep without his beloved teddy bear? Read full book review >
YARD SALE by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A simple, moving tale of a family in transition. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When her parents hold a yard sale to downsize prior to moving, Callie experiences mixed emotions until she realizes she still has what's most important. Read full book review >
VIETNAMESE CHILDREN'S FAVORITE STORIES by Phuoc Thi Minh Tran
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A welcome addition to any collection of folk tales. (Folk tales. 6-9)"
While publishers in recent years have paid some attention to Asian folk tales, there has been a paucity of stories from Vietnam. This collection of 15 tales will fill the gap. Read full book review >
GRANDMA IN BLUE WITH RED HAT by Scott Menchin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A good bridge to take children from comic tropes to fine art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Using his love of art to honor his grandmother, a boy fumbles with his first plan but succeeds with his second. Read full book review >
FIVE STORIES by Anna Alter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Here's hoping that in the next Sprout Street tales there are fewer words and more action, which will help young readers connect with these characters. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Five neighbors learn to live together in their apartment building despite their differences. Read full book review >
TRAPPED! A WHALE'S RESCUE by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Minor's illustrations carry the day, helping readers and whale get past the rescue to the informative backmatter. (resources) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Trapped by over 20 ropes set by a crab-trapping boat, each over 200 feet long, a humpback whale struggles to stay alive. Read full book review >
A CROW OF HIS OWN by Megan Dowd Lambert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An invitation to be your own showman, crow your own crow, cock-a-doodle-doo with 'a little warble at the beginning, and a crescendo at the ‘doodle'...and oh, that raspy growl.' (Picture book. 4-6)"
A scrawny young rooster named Clyde tries to fill the big shoes of his predecessor, Larry, in Lambert's verbally dexterous ode to identity. 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 >