RULES OF SUMMER by Shaun Tan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 29, 2014

"Evocative, enthralling and with absolutely astounding artwork so good readers will wish that, like summer, it would last forever. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
One summer, two brothers live by mysteriously dire rules laid down by the older of the pair. Read full book review >
MOLDYLOCKS AND THE THREE BEARDS by Noah Z. Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 29, 2014

"Fledgling readers will agree with Princess' bemused comment: "This Land of Fake-Believe is crazy-cakes!" (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Jones takes "The Three Bears" for a dizzy spin in this laff-riot series opener. Read full book review >

RICKY RICOTTA'S MIGHTY ROBOT by Dav Pilkey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 29, 2014

"An uninspired retread, still with only hints of the wit and silly humor that light up Pilkey's other series. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
New, all-color illustrations on shiny paper add gloss to this reboot of a Captain Underpants also-ran. Read full book review >
ALIEN ESCAPE by Geronimo Stilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 29, 2014

"With a story like an old-fashioned episode of Star Trek, this is a wonderful science-fiction introduction for young readers. (the spacemice creed) (Graphic science fiction. 6-10)"
Explore space with Geronimo Stiltonix, futuristic analog of the familiar Geronimo Stilton. Read full book review >
THE DOOR by Andy Marino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 29, 2014

"The unwieldy plot twists and turns, always creating new questions, but it leaves an uncomfortably large aperture—an unfinished hero's journey or, more aptly, a literary purgatory. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Hannah Silver, armed solely with some newfound knowledge and her three imaginary friends, crosses a forbidden threshold to try to find the soul of her recently, unexpectedly deceased—likely murdered—mother. Read full book review >

MIGHTY DADS by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 29, 2014

"Sure to enjoy commercial success thanks to the marquee talent, this effort will result in more disappointment than enjoyment. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Big-daddy and little-kid trucks of all kinds are busy at work on a construction site. Read full book review >
CLARE BEATON'S GARDEN RHYMES by Clare Beaton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 30, 2014

"The small size and detail-oriented pictures suit this sweet fabric bonbon to one-on-one sharing. (Board book. 1-4)"
This diminutive board book of garden-themed nursery rhymes is illustrated with sewn fabric scenes. Read full book review >
KNUCKLEBALL NED by R.A. Dickey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Well-intentioned but not quite a winner. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A major league knuckleball pitcher pens a cautionary tale about self-esteem and standing up to bullies. Read full book review >
MY AMAZING DINOSAUR by Grimaldi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"A fluffy comic bonbon—what kid wouldn't want a dinosaur as a best friend? (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Prehistoric cavekid Tib and his dinosaur buddy, Tumtum, return for more antics in this sweet, episodic charmer. Read full book review >
THE LOCH NESS MONSTER by Jean Flitcroft
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Vanessa's emotional roller coaster takes center stage, but there's enough Nessie lore and presence to please the most demanding cryptid fans. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
An Irish teenager still grieving for her two-years-dead mother gets some unusual help in this decidedly unpredictable series opener. Read full book review >
THE FLIGHT OF THE GOLDEN BIRD by Duncan Williamson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Sit back and listen to the words of the old folks and their bygone ways. (glossary of Scottish words) (Folk tales. 8-12)"
More traditional tales from Scotland. Read full book review >
THE SHARK WHISPERER by Ellen Prager
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Some may feel that the climactic eco-revenge is carried a bit far, but it's a splashy startup with a promising premise. (maps) (Adventure. 10-12)"
With help from an array of friendly wildlife, a band of summer campers stages a rescue and stymies a ruthless harvester of shark fins in this series opener. Read full book review >