HOW THE DINOSAUR GOT TO THE MUSEUM by Jessie Hartland
DINOSAURS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"An excellent complement to any dinosaur-book collection, this enriches and extends that interest. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
This cumulative narrative follows the journey of a set of dinosaur bones belonging to a Diplodocus longus that lived 145 million years ago to its present home in the display halls of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Read full book review >
TOO MANY DINOSAURS by Mercer Mayer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Eye candy for dinosaur fans, with piles of yard-sale goods and other junk on hand that will reward closer looks. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The plot doesn't exactly make sense, but that hardly matters when the pictures show a suburban neighborhood suddenly overrun with humongous dinosaurs. Read full book review >

I'M SURE I SAW A DINOSAUR by Jeanne Willis
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Another slyly disquieting outing from the creators of Who's in the Bathroom? (2007). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Willis and Reynolds deliver a sharp tweak to the credulous, as just the rumor of a monster sighting prompts a mass migration of rubberneckers. Read full book review >
ANKYLOSAUR ATTACK by Daniel Loxton
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"For a series dubbed Tales of Prehistoric Life, this kickoff doesn't offer much of a story, but it's a memorable showcase for a new dino-artist team. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Two armored dinosaurs square off against a hungry T. Rex in this quick but unusually immersive prehistoric episode. Read full book review >
I AM A TYRANNOSAURUS by Anna Grossnickle Hines
DINOSAURS
Released: July 12, 2011

"Not exactly a creative leap, leap, leap for Hines, but a broadly popular topic enhanced with light brushes of fact, wrapped in family warmth and presented in a comfortably formulaic way. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Second time's also a charm for this close cousin to I Am a Backhoe (2010). Read full book review >

DINO PETS GO TO SCHOOL by Lynn Plourde
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Readers will delight in this latest dino pets installment and wonder where the dinosaurs might go for their next calamitous adventure. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The little boy from Dino Pets (2007) finally gets to show his menagerie off to his class, but will school ever be the same again? Read full book review >
DINOSAURS
Released: June 28, 2011

"A thinking, active alternative for readers who fall between adult nonfiction and all the rhyming dino fare meant for the younger set. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In-depth facts about 13 dinosaurs are interspersed with activities that teach readers about anatomy and how paleontologists understand body structure. Read full book review >
LET'S LOOK AT DINOSAURS by Frances Barry
DINOSAURS
Released: June 1, 2011

"Dinosaurs, pop-ups and flaps to lift—what could be better? (Picture book. 2-5)"
Barry's latest interactive text appeals to the youngest of dinosaur aficionados, presenting them with some very basic facts about how dinosaurs lived. Read full book review >
FLIP-O-STORIC by Britta Drehsen
by Britta Drehsen, illustrated by Sara Ball, translated by Laura Lindgren
DINOSAURS
Released: May 1, 2011

"Overall, a pleasing complement to more substantive treatments. (Novelty nonfiction. 6-8)"
Sturdy split pages allow readers to create their own inventive combinations from among a handful of prehistoric critters. Read full book review >
THE UGLY DUCKLING DINOSAUR by Cheryl Bardoe
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"A sure winner for those dino-hungry readers. (Fractured fairy tale. 4-8)"
Andersen's classic fairy tale gets a prehistoric setting and cast of characters. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2011

"Saucier ably captures Johanson's love for his work and passion for sharing it with others. (bibliography, index) (Biography. 12 & up)"
Donald C. Johanson is not a household name, but this flattering biography makes a convincing case that the paleoanthropologist's discoveries are as influential and significant as Charles Darwin's work. Read full book review >
DINO-BASKETBALL by Lisa Wheeler
DINOSAURS
Released: March 1, 2011

The team that brought us Dino-Baseball, -Soccer and -Hockey (2010, 2009, 2007) this time delivers nothing but net. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >