CRABBY CRAB by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Thank you, Chris Raschka, for reviving this sublimely ridiculous series. Chrissy Chris! (Picture book. 2-7)"
The Thingy Things are back, and they're thingy-er than ever, with two new entries and the republication of two earlier titles. Read full book review >
HORIZON by Jenn Reese
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A fitting finale for a gripping futurist series whose four multifaceted heroes offer a strong anti-war, pro-diversity message. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
This last volume of the Above World trilogy opens where Mirage (2013) ended, with Aluna, Hoku, Dash and Calli determined to save their genetically modified races from megalomaniac Karl Strand and his technically enhanced Upgrader army. Read full book review >

PIG KAHUNA PIRATES! by Jennifer Sattler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Here's hoping that this welcome return presages plenty of additional adventures. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fans of porcine siblings Fergus and Dink's first outing will be thrilled to welcome them back to the beach, while pirate-loving listeners (familiar or not) will be particularly pleased. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Readers interested in mythology and paleontology will be intrigued. (glossary/index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Researchers have used fossils to understand much about the prehistoric world, but this work shows how a passionate woman with a curious mind studies them to understand how early peoples devised their myths and legends. Read full book review >
LANTERN SAM AND THE BLUE STREAK BANDITS by Michael D. Beil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Laden with retro charm and sly humor, this won't suit every reader, but fans of fast-paced, far-fetched action will lap it up as enthusiastically as Sam swallows his favorite brand of sardines. (Mystery. 9-12)"
A talking cat with a penchant for problem-solving and self-reflection, a clever kidnapping-cum-jewel heist, a couple of kids and a friendly train conductor all collide in an atmospheric late-1930s adventure with old-time cinematic appeal. Read full book review >

THE ACB WITH HONORA LEE by Kate de Goldi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Clever, poignant and sweetly funny, this will be especially appreciated by those who've experienced a loved one with dementia. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Colorful, chaotic line drawings that incorporate elements of the story embellish this novel about a girl's newfound relationship to her senile grandmother. Read full book review >
BAA, MOO, I LOVE YOU! by Sandra Magsamen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"While the ending is a little sentimental and some of the rhymes a little forced, the simplicity is spot-on for the youngest readers. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Farm animals greet each other with signature sounds. Read full book review >
BABY ANIMAL FARM by Karen Blair
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Here's hoping these youngsters step out for another adventure very soon. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A gaggle of tots meets various baby animals at the farm. Read full book review >
THE BAMBINO AND ME by Zachary Hyman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Lively, fun-filled and altogether delightful. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
The historic rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox is the catalyst for a young fan's extraordinary adventures in Yankee Stadium. Read full book review >
I AM A POETATO by John Hegley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2014

"Wide-ranging poems and whimsical illustrations combine to yield uneven degrees of comedic success. (Poetry. 9-13)"
British poet Hegley here assembles 45 poems offering light, sometimes wildly offbeat perspectives on a variety of topics. Read full book review >
THE DAY I LOST MY SUPERPOWERS by Michaël  Escoffier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2014

"The narrator's buoyancy and quick recovery save this from turning into a dreary life lesson. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In an import that is high on zest, a child and her blithe conviction that she has superpowers both take an abrupt tumble. Read full book review >
THE ARTIST AND THE KING by Julie Fortenberry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2014

"Parts of this may fly over younger audiences' heads, but the general point is adroitly made. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a nod to art's twin powers of subversion and of transformation, a very small painter makes a hardhearted king cry—and then smile. Read full book review >