THE WIZARD'S DOG by Eric Kahn Gale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An ingenious and entirely credible (at least dog lovers will agree with this) twist on the familiar tale. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A tardy corrective for previous versions of the legend of the Sword in the Stone—which leave out the dog. Read full book review >
NOPE by Drew Sheneman
by Drew Sheneman, illustrated by Drew Sheneman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Full of humor and action, with easily recognizable emotions. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A nearly wordless graphic picture book illustrates the angst of a fledgling whose parent is determined to see it take its first flight. Read full book review >

AGNES AND CLARABELLE by Adele Griffin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Though episodic rather than eventful, it's sure to entertain young readers transitioning to chapter books.(Fiction. 5-7)"
Griffin, Sheinmel, and Palacios introduce an earnest, quirky duo in a light series for transitioning readers. Read full book review >
MOLLY & PIM AND THE MILLIONS OF STARS by Martine Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Warm and wise for middle-grade readers who appreciate just a hint of the fantastic. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When her mother is accidentally transformed by a powerful potion, Molly learns to accept the magic in her own life. Read full book review >
CATERPILLAR DREAMS by Clive McFarland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A pleasing and amiable tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A caterpillar embarks on a great adventure only to find there's no place like home. Read full book review >

SPRING HARE by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A celebration of the heights of imagination as the eponymous spring hare lives up (and up and up) to its name. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A bright-eyed, tawny hare joins a red-haired, fair-skinned child on a high-flying adventure in Yelchin's first wordless picture book. Read full book review >
STEF SOTO, TACO QUEEN by Jennifer Torres
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Once readers get past the drama, they'll cheer for Stef Soto, her family, and Tía Perla. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Debut novelist Torres delivers a light, touching novel about a seventh-grader, her first-generation family's food truck, and her tribulations at school. Read full book review >
FANCY PARTY GOWNS by Deborah Blumenthal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Kudos to a title that recognizes a previously uncelebrated African-American woman of achievement. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Society ladies and screen actresses made Ann Cole Lowe's gowns famous, but no one credited their African-American designer. Read full book review >
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT FIRST LADIES by Ruby Shamir
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A breezy way to, as Abigail Adams urged, 'remember the ladies.' (list of presidents and first ladies, source notes) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
A gathering of spirited, intelligent women who accompanied—and, sometimes, shepherded—our country's presidents into the White House. Read full book review >
MUHAMMAD ALI by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An eye-catching if incomplete treatment of the legend. (Picture book/biography. 3-7)"
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali comes to life for young readers. Read full book review >
THIS BOOK IS MAGIC by Ashley Evanson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"While possessing just a fraction of the magic that Hervé Tullet's Press Here offers in abundance, this unexceptional addition to the ever expanding field of interactive titles holds some appeal for the preschool set. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wave a finger and a ship disappears; twirl the same finger and a cupcake appears. Read full book review >
THE YOUNGEST MARCHER by Cynthia Levinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A vivid reminder that it took a community to fight segregation and the community responded. (author's note, timeline, recipe, sources) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Readers can decide whether, were they in Audrey's shoes, they would make the same dangerous decision. 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 >