ZOOBOTS by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though the premise is cool, what's delivered is too short on the shock, mind-boggling and bizarre-originality factors. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Becker introduces a handful of "zoobots," mechanical contrivances inspired by creatures from the animal kingdom. Read full book review >
YOU CAN'T HAVE TOO MANY FRIENDS! by Mordicai Gerstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A rib-tickling variant on a tale not often enough retold. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Gerstein tones down the violence and ramps up the humor in this reworked version of an old tale: A year after the king "borrows" his prizewinning jelly beans, Duck the gardener marches off to get them back. Read full book review >

UNDERWORLD by Jane Price
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Sheds plenty of light into dark places, but best for flip-through browsing, as the tunneling goes in arbitrary directions. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A scattershot but revealing dig beneath our planet's surface, illustrated with a mix of photos and schematic cutaways. Read full book review >
HERE COMES DESTRUCTOSAURUS! by Aaron Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A familiar interchange, featuring a less-ferocious-looking cousin of the tempestuous T. Rex of Bob Shea's Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (2008) and its sequels. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A parent/caregiver—unseen after a glimpse at the beginning—translates a "terrible twos"–style tantrum into a movie-monster rampage. Read full book review >
HOT DOG! ELEANOR ROOSEVELT THROWS A PICNIC by Leslie Kimmelman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A captivating introductory piece for budding history buffs. (Picture book. 7-12)"
When the first official visit by a British royal to the United States since independence is scheduled in 1939, Eleanor Roosevelt hosts an all-American picnic. Read full book review >

JASMINE AND MADDIE by Christine Pakkala
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"While no new ground is covered in Pakkala's novel, the spot-on cover will entice readers who will identify with the pain of middle school, enjoy the well-developed secondary characters and applaud the girls' growth. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Can two seemingly opposite girls become friends? Read full book review >
SWAMP CHOMP by Lola M. Schaefer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"The illustrations invite children to take their time finding animals and figuring out their activities; the text would sparkle equally if the author had played more with rhyme, rhythm and alliteration. (Informational picture book. 2-4)"
The names of several animals that might inhabit a cypress swamp, along with a plethora of verbs, adorn pages full of brightly colored animals, plants and water. Read full book review >
PLASTIC, AHOY! by Patricia Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A sobering introduction and solid demonstration of science research in action. (source notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
Student researchers spend three weeks on a small ship investigating plastic residue and its effect on ocean water and marine life in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Read full book review >
FROG FREAKOUT by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not much of a leap, plotwise, but it should hop off shelves where the series has spawned fans. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Midway through this 14-volume British series, mad scientist Petty Potts follows her favorite experimental subjects, twins Josh and Danny Phillips, to summer camp with a new body-transforming concoction. Read full book review >
JOY IN MUDVILLE by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"The old ball game is still great fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Will there ever be joy in Mudville now that mighty Casey has struck out? It is the day after that awful game, and now there is a chance for redemption. Read full book review >
ACROSS A WAR-TOSSED SEA by L.M. Elliott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Likable protagonists and a fascinating historical backdrop combine for a story well-told. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the companion to Under A War-Torn Sky (2003), 14-year-old Charles and his 10-year-old brother, Wesley, feel stranded in the United States after having fled the London Blitz. Read full book review >
BOMBS OVER BIKINI by Connie Goldsmith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A critically flawed chronicle of a significant chapter in the Cold War nuclear arms race. (source notes, glossary, further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
A brief chronicle of the nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands from 1946 until 1958, in which the U.S. military detonated 67 atom and hydrogen bombs over the region's Bikini and Enewetak atolls. Read full book review >