MEET THE PARENTS by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Heart-warming to smile-inducing to giggle-generating, this book gives parents and children of most types something to relate to. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What are parents actually good for? Read full book review >
NAKED! by Michael Black
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Doesn't cover particularly new nude territory, but children equally enthralled with going out in their altogethers will appreciate the enthusiasm here. (Picture book. 2-6)"
One boy's birthday suit gets a bit of a workout in this heartfelt paean to going au naturel. Read full book review >

THIS IS A MOOSE by Richard T. Morris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"A humorous—make that hysterical—homage to movies and big dreams. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Moose is steadfastly determined to achieve stardom amid the stars. Read full book review >
SKY RUN by Alex Shearer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Wise and wonderful, this is the archetypal Hero's Journey laced with gentle satire. (Adventure. 10-14)"
A hero's tale set in an alternate world. Read full book review >
BIG BUG by Henry Cole
by Henry Cole, illustrated by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Visually lovely and appealing. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What is big and what is little? It's an enormous question, especially for young children who are just beginning to acquire a tentative understanding of their place in the physical world. Read full book review >

DREAMTREADERS by Wayne Thomas Batson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"What it lacks in richness and profundity it makes up for in thrills; not a bad choice for a wholesome adventure. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Spiritual warfare is such stuff as dreams are made on in this Christian fantasy. Read full book review >
THE SPY CATCHERS OF MAPLE HILL by Megan Frazer Blakemore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Hazel's inquisitiveness, independence and imperfections are a winning combination. (author's note) (Historical mystery. 9-12)"
If Harriet M. Welsch lived in 1953 in a community vulnerable to McCarthyism, this might be her story. Read full book review >
BIG BAD BUBBLE by Adam Rubin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"The book's potential utility in helping children cope with irrational fears is undermined by its absence of a credible story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
La La Land is populated by scaredy-cat monsters. Read full book review >
COOL BEANS by Lisa Harkrader
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Readers will be greedy for the next adventure of Beanboy and the modest genius behind him. (Fiction. 8-14)"
When it comes to dodgeball, how can comic-book artist Tucker MacBean possibly compete with star athlete golden boy Wesley Banks? Read full book review >
THE MONKEY GOES BANANAS by C.P. Bloom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Though it won't be joining the stately likes of Aaron Becker's Journey or Bob Staake's Bluebird (both 2013), this book is a good laugh nonetheless: There's nothing wrong with lighthearted fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This predominantly wordless picture book delivers a substantial helping of slapstick. Read full book review >
VEGGIES WITH WEDGIES by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Beware, though, kids may want to wear their underwear like the veggies—without any clothes on top. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The vegetables in Farmer John's garden learn all about underwear in Doodler's latest. Read full book review >
D-DAY by Rick Atkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Within its limits, a grand and historically significant tale told with dash and authority. (maps, charts, lists of major armies and figures, weaponry, personal supplies, timelines, photos) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
This version of the much-admired The Guns at Last Light (2013) for younger audiences focuses on the drama and the astonishing scale of one of World War II's pivotal operations: the D-Day invasion. Read full book review >