THE EXTRAORDINARY MR. QWERTY by Karla Strambini
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A picture book that celebrates creativity and imagination…and the courage to share them. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Imaginative illustrations and spare words present deep themes in this picture book. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Original and accessible, both an exuberant work of art and a uniquely valuable resource. (Anthology. 12-18)"
Who are North American Indians today? For answers, meet the poets, fashion models, chefs, scientists, Olympians, YouTube stars, graphic artists, activists, athletes and many others featured in this vibrant, kaleidoscopic anthology. Read full book review >

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Schenker's illustrations and design combine with Bell's graceful translation to take the breath away. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-10)"
As she did with Hansel and Gretel (2013), Schenker employs intricate die cuts, patterned prints, bold lines and basic colors to create a haunting journey through the familiar Grimms tale.Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF THE BUTTONS by Anne Ylvisaker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Although the story is slow in places, the characters charm, and the material is enhanced by the author's well-realized rendition of time and place. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Like almost all the menfolk in the town of Keokuk, Ike is initially thrilled when Iowa, a free state, is called up by President Abraham Lincoln to fight in the Civil War, but his happiness turns to horror when he realizes that he's too young for combat and must stay behind with the women. Read full book review >
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT by Camilla de la Bédoyère
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Tailor-made for budding zoologists as well as casual browsers. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A slickly produced if arbitrarily ordered gallery of nocturnal wildlife, from leopards to the giant desert hairy scorpion, featuring dozens of close-up portraits and quick, easily graspable facts. Read full book review >

WEIRD BIRDS by Chris Earley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A browser's delight. (index) (Informational picture book. 7-12)"
An album of captioned photographs of nearly 60 exotic birds offers dramatic evidence of astonishing diversity in the avian word. Read full book review >
TOP 10 OF EVERYTHING 2015 by Paul Terry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"For fans of the form, this compendium has plenty of juice. (index) (Reference. 8-14)"
This collection of top 10 goodies—including "Songs About the Body" and "Amazing Cars for Hire"—has plenty to entertain, if not educate. Read full book review >
EMILY AND THE MIGHTY OM by Sarah Lolley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A regrettably awkward introduction to yoga. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When a yogi moves in next door, Emily learns enough to help him when he gets stuck. Read full book review >
THE CARDINAL AND THE CROW by Michael Moniz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Though the theme's upstanding, the book as a whole is little more than just pleasant. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A picture-book parable set in the animal world with the themes of bullying and forgiveness. Read full book review >
SWEETEST KULU by Celina Kalluk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"'Kulu' is an Inuktitut term of endearment, but this appreciation for the baby and the baby's world would make a lovely gift for any new parent. (Picture book. 0-5)"
A newborn child is welcomed by the sun, the wind, the Arctic land and all its animal inhabitants, who bring gifts of love and self-respect. Read full book review >
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER POP-UP BOOK by Lisa Marsoli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A quick recap for younger fans of the perennial stop-motion holiday classic. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
Produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 made-for-TV film, this keepsake pairs a summarized plot to pop-up tableaux fashioned from select stills. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF THE LITTLE, LITTLE OLD WOMAN by Elsa Beskow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"It's possible that readers accustomed to more stimulating entertainment won't enjoy slowing down, but simpler souls will most likely breathe a contented sigh. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A picture-book classic translated from the Swedish. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >