AVIS DOLPHIN by Frieda Wishinsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Arty illustrations and a turgid, purpose-driven narrative waste this opportunity to highlight a major tragedy in its centennial year. Interested readers will get more from Diana Preston's Remember the Lusitania! (2003). (afterword) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
Readers who think that the Titanic was the only great ocean liner that ever sank will find this fictionalized eyewitness account of the torpedoed Lusitania's last voyage a revelation.Read full book review >
HIGH TIDE FOR HORSESHOE CRABS by Lisa Kahn Schnell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A splendid introduction to an extraordinary spectacle. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
In a natural-world extravaganza, horseshoe crabs, birds and people meet up each spring on the shores of the Delaware Bay. Read full book review >

DANTE OF THE MAURY RIVER by Gigi Amateau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Overall, compelling and skillfully written, but in this case, less would have been more. (Fiction. 8-13)"
A thoroughbred racehorse tells his story in this middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
HENS FOR FRIENDS by Sandy De Lisle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"That Aarón and his family are Latino is just icing on the cake in this engaging introduction to keeping backyard chickens. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Aarón loves all his family's chickens, but Rhode Island Red Margaret is his special favorite. Read full book review >
BEASTLY VERSE by Joohee Yoon
edited by Joohee Yoon, illustrated by Joohee Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Gleefully distinctive stylings, fluorescent colors, and beautiful bookmaking should make an eager new audience for these old poems. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Using just three impossibly bright colors, printmaker Yoon illustrates a collection of animal-themed poems of varying familiarity. Read full book review >

THE LOST PRINCE by Matt Myklusch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"High-seas adventure with surprising twists. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Orphan, pirate, spy, and prince are just some of 13-year-old Dean Seaborne's many titles. Read full book review >
THE SKUNK by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Peculiar, perplexing, and persistent—training wheels for Samuel Beckett. (Picture book. 6-10)"
When is a skunk not a skunk? When it's a…skunk. Read full book review >
BUNNY ROO, I LOVE YOU by Melissa Marr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A lovely package, this quiet title will be best as a gift book for new moms eager to read aloud to the newest members of their families. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A mother's observations of her new baby lead to a series of sweet comparisons to various animals. Read full book review >
TOMMY CAN'T STOP! by Tim Federle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An enjoyable performance for both the boisterous and the calm. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Little brother Tommy is a perpetual-motion machine, and he is driving his family bonkers. Read full book review >
HAVE YOU SEEN MY MONSTER? by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2015

"Gently educational and greatly entertaining. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl searches for her monster in every corner of the county fair. Read full book review >
LOOK OUT FOR BUGS by Jen Prokopowicz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2015

"For appreciation rather than information, this is an interesting addition to the environmental shelf. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Photographs of a series of cut-paper dioramas form this seek-and-find puzzle book starring hidden creatures in the natural world. Read full book review >
THE ABC ANIMAL ORCHESTRA by Donald Saaf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Preschoolers may not know all of the creatures (aardvark, kiwi, ibex), but they will have fun pointing out what's happening and connecting letters with them. Isn't that what alphabet books are supposed to do? (Picture book. 2-4)"
The title says it all—kind of. 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 >