OXFORD ROALD DAHL DICTIONARY by Roald Dahl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Snapperwhippers aren't the only readers who will find this equally delumptious as a dictionary, a source of inspiration, and a way of revisiting a shelf of phizz-whizzing classics. (Reference. 9-13)"
Wordplay has its day in this extra-usual compilation of lexicographical delights drawn from Dahl's works. Read full book review >
THE GREAT NORTH WOODS by Brian Heinz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"In spite of textual shortcomings, this book provides a worthy introduction to an awe-inspiring geographic area that will be unfamiliar to many and may encourage some to get outside and enjoy the woods. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Rothman's detailed, realistic full-bleed acrylic paintings dominate this survey of animal and plant life in the vast area of boreal forest that extends from the eastern Great Lakes across the northeastern U.S. into Quebec. Read full book review >

GOOD NIGHT TIGER by Timothy Knapman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Say goodnight. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cacophony of noises keeps young Emma awake. Where are they coming from? Read full book review >
TOTO'S APPLE by Mathieu Lavoie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A madcap miniodyssey sure to thrill readers. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This little worm really wants an apple. Read full book review >
THE NAVAJO CODE TALKERS by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Once again, the individual Native Americans are lost in history. (endnotes, artist's notes, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
Persecuted by the U.S. government, many Navajo children were forced to give up their language in boarding schools established in the 19th century and designed to eradicate Native American culture. Read full book review >

OLLIE OUTSIDE by Michael Oberschneider
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A message for parents ineffectively disguised as a story for young readers. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A small boy finds a way to separate his family from their screens. Read full book review >
THE MESSY BOOK by Maudie Powell-Tuck
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Powell-Tuck nails it: it was your fun; now it is your mess. Do the right thing, which is the doorway to more fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As reliable as the muezzin's call are the four words that echo in every child's ear: pick up this mess! Read full book review >
THE MILLION STORIES OF MARCO POLO by Michael J. Rosen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Readers looking to learn about Marco Polo will do better looking elsewhere. (map, foreword, notes) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
As a scribe works, a child visits him, curious to hear the stories he has transcribed about Marco Polo. Read full book review >
THE KINGDOM REVEALED by Rob Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Unfortunately, the artwork isn't enough to save this book from itself. (Illustrated fiction. 13 & up)"
A reluctant young king escapes the confines of the palace to experience life in the surrounding city. Read full book review >
MY WONDERFUL NURSERY RHYME COLLECTION by Silver Dolphin Books
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Overall, a delightful collection—priced so that it's easy to buy several to give as gifts. (Nursery rhymes. 1-4)"
Looking for an attractive compendium of nursery rhymes, songs, games, and lullabies all in one place? These 192 pages will deliver the goods, and then some. Read full book review >
IN FOCUS by Libby Walden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A too-large scope and dull treatment scuttle this effort. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This sturdy informational book for middle graders examines 10 areas of the natural and human worlds: ocean, homes, earth and space, landmarks, nature, everyday objects, buildings, fruits and vegetables, animals, and transportation. Read full book review >
CEMETERY JAMBOREE by Deborah Kadair Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Even New Orleanians will want to let this rest in peace. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Some historical figures' spirits gather for a Halloween gala. 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 >