IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 24, 2014

"Jacques and Missy make good travel companions, and the sights in Costa Rica are lovely, but making it through the app can sometimes feel less like a vacation and more like homework. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
Friends Jacques and Missy, a cat and a mouse respectively, find adventure when Missy loses her red scarf in the air, forcing them to land their yellow prop plane in Costa Rica. Read full book review >
HOW I BECAME A PIRATE by Melinda Long
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 17, 2014

"A lively alternative to the 2003 print version, with judicious audio and interactive tweaks but blessedly free of games and like silly distractions. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Pans, zooms, gruff vocals and piratical sound effects add even more swash to the buckles of young Jeremy's first encounter with Braid Beard and his disreputable crew. Read full book review >

MR. KOOPE THE HEDGEHOG by SHUNEEBOOKS
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 22, 2014

"Ultimately, this quirky little story leaves readers wishing for more. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
Mr. Koope, a crotchety old hedgehog, tries to escape the rain by building a house on top of the clouds. Read full book review >
GRANDPA IN SPACE by Fairlady Media, Inc.
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 29, 2014

"Children hoping for a substantive tour of the solar system may be disappointed, but those who click with the games should build some skills. (iPad informational/math app. 6-8)"
A skim across the solar system serves as a framework for a set of elementary matching and counting games. Read full book review >
DOCTOR LILLIPUT by Sebastian Büttner
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 24, 2014

"Dr. Lilliput's tale is much like a spoonful of sugar: sweet but not actually beneficial, unless it helps the medicine go down. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Dr. Lilliput might make a sick child laugh, but he won't really help readers understand what's happening when they get a cold. Read full book review >

PLANTS by Marie Caudry
illustrated by Marie Caudry, developed by Tinybop
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 7, 2014

"This is more curriculum than story, best suited for older children who have the wherewithal to use this app as an independent study tool. (iPad informational app. 6-12)"
This digital diorama offers an in-depth exploration of biomes and the plant life they host. Read full book review >
BELLA'S SECRET GARDEN by Jemma Upson
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 6, 2014

"At five or even eight pages, this would have been a cute bagatelle; at 20, it is overindulgence. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
This app bursts with crisply photographed flowers, noisy fairy friends—and a shiny slug. Read full book review >
LARS AND FRIENDS by Carla Susanto
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 15, 2014

"The app's shining features never overwhelm the simplicity of Lars' story or the nicely executed idea at its heart. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
A red horse spends a day with groups of other animals in this simple story with a clever learning hook. Read full book review >
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by HappyKids
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 3, 2014

"Overall, a cut above most. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-7)"
A respectable rendition to add to the more than 100 others in the iTunes store. Read full book review >
THE FOX AND THE STORK by TerryLab
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 23, 2014

"An import with higher priority placed on visuals and interactive tweaks than narrative or thematic clarity. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Like the Mumuin.com Fox and Crane (2014), an off-kilter version of the Aesopian fable—brightened up by shiny cartoon scenes positively a-twitch with touch-activated flowers, bugs and other details.Read full book review >
JOYCE'S ULYSSES by Naxos Digital Services Ltd
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 1, 2014

"We suspect Joyce himself would be pleased with this production, a boon for scholars and general readers alike. (Requires iOS 6 and above.)"
Stately, plump Buck Mulligan and crew find themselves well-served in a new app that blends Joyce's text with its Greek inspiration. Read full book review >
BOJ THE COLLECTOR by Pesky Productions
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 19, 2014

"The story definitely succeeds at capturing a near-universal childhood impulse and is likely to be a preschool favorite. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
A mildly interactive extension of the BBC's popular animated series for young children. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >