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 >

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 >
KRYSIA by Krystyna Mihulka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Elegant, eye-opening, and memorable. (Memoir. 10-15)"
A young girl endures life as a political prisoner. Read full book review >
THE LIFE FANTASTIC by Liza Ketchum
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A jam-packed ride through early-20th-century performance culture, if one can hold on. (list of songs, author's note, glossary, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Raised on the road with vaudevillian parents and gifted with a golden voice, young Teresa LeClair sets out to "shoot for the stars—or die trying" in Ketchum's newest historical novel. Read full book review >
PASSOVER SCAVENGER HUNT by Shanna Silva
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"This may help families develop a new and fun-filled addition to their Seder traditions. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Enjoy a new way to hide and hunt for the afikoman at the Passover Seder. Read full book review >
HUSH by Surya Sajnani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"A mostly satisfying addition to the interactive board-book shelf. (Board book. 1-3)"
Simple, repetitive text, familiar sounds, and developmentally appropriate graphics characterize this simple board book for little ones. Read full book review >
FARM by Surya Sajnani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"A fun choice to promote dexterity and animal recognition. (Board book. 2-3)"
Little fingers can slide three vertical panels to reveal the black-and-white images of common farm animals. Read full book review >
ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 30, 2016

"A bland if pretty treatment for adults who feel their children are not ready for the original. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Paired to creamy, surreal illustrations, an abbreviated and retold account of Alice's sojourn from her encounter with the Cheshire Cat on in this sequel to Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole (2015). 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 >