Forbidden Fruit by Gail Pellett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"An often engaging story of a Chinese journey that's worth telling."
A Canadian-born radical leftist and freelance broadcast journalist offers a debut memoir of her year in Communist China, where she edited English-language propaganda for Radio Beijing. Read full book review >
THE HYSTERY APP by V T Davy
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Could use more wonder but otherwise an impressively conceived story with true weight."
A lesbian couple accidentally creates an extremely unique app in Davy's (A Very Civil Wedding, 2014, etc.) darkly satirical sci-fi novel. Read full book review >

IS THE WITCH IN LOVE? by SlimCricket
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 29, 2014

"Even though the literary component isn't wonderful, this app is worth the price of admission thanks to the innovative interactive elements. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
An interactive sequel to The Witch with No Name (2012).Read full book review >
BEFORE GOODNIGHT by Kazumi Daido
illustrated by Kazumi Daido, developed by Harry's Collar
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"It's not a perfect story, and some will find the text ('The shadow at far is a giant / Bigger than the pines') too ephemeral, but the app sets a peculiar mood that is tough to shake. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 6-12)"
A child travels through a series of watercolor dreamscapes in a strikingly off-kilter stream-of-consciousness story. Read full book review >
SAM IS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING by Sophie  Jansem
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"Sam may be daring, but it's too bad it's to no apparent purpose. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Sam is as precocious as pigs come. Read full book review >

WHERE DO BABIES COME FROM? by Studio 158
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"Several print books address this same question in far better ways. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad informational app. 2-5)"
A parent answers a young child's question, sharing about how babies are made and develop. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Nov. 7, 2014

"Watching a bunch of trucks at work. Life doesn't get much better. And these guys talk to you. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A jaunty tour through an urban construction site extends the best-selling picture book's audience to young app users. Read full book review >
NAAILDE THE WITCH by Giada Devuno
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A healthy spoonful of creepiness softened by the charming weakness of the characters. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A self-important witch who haunts a small village gets her comeuppance—and her revenge, too. Read full book review >
THE PIG'S HEAD RAVINE by Cangrejo Ideas
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 23, 2014

"This weird pig's unsatisfying story perhaps should have stayed a mystery. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 5-10)"
The mystery of a porcine stranger who steals food in the night is solved in a spookily crafted story from Chile. Read full book review >
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Wonderfully cinematic and surreal for readers willing to go with Alvin's flow. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
Alvin rides his old mower to visit his brother, taking a slow journey across a beautiful landscape and enjoying the ride. Read full book review >
MY VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by StoryToys
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"An irresistible invitation to free play with one of Carle's signature characters (plus cameos from some others). (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad activity app. 1-3)"
Caterpillar gets an extended play space in this bright, minimalist, seemingly artless app. Read full book review >
THE WARRIOR STORY by We The Force Studios
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 11, 2014

"A sanitized but action-packed rendition of the hero's early exploits. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 7-10)"
Elaborate video game graphics give this somewhat embroidered account of David's youth and battle with Goliath a melodramatic cast. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >