GHOSTS by TerryLab
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Spooky as can be and superb for under-the-sheets perusal. Leave a light on, oh yes. (iPad folk-lore app. 8-12)"
A ghostly gallery steeped in flickering shadows, macabre visual detail, creepy transformations and nape-prickling sound effects. Read full book review >
FARTON, THE EXPLORER FART by Paco Sordo
by Paco Sordo, illustrated by Paco Sordo, developed by Makupipe
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 9, 2014

"'Being a fart is so cool!' Farton concludes. Children will not be able to restrain their…applause. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Expelled from Happy Bottom by a stomach cramp, an intrepid young fart explores the world—and beyond—in this breezy import. Read full book review >

GEOLOGY by Kids Discover
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 8, 2014

"Clear science writing, captivating visuals and excellent design—a winning combination. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad informational app. 9-12)"
With this app, Kids Discover continues to transform their print-magazine issues into multilayered informational experiences. Read full book review >
ABC.DC by Kristin Harris
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Though some of it may sail over the audience's heads, this shot at early art appreciation is certainly worth the chance. (iPad alphabet app. 4-8)"
Choice reproductions of artwork from the National Gallery of Art are matched with letters and words for some amusing, very simple interplay with readers. Read full book review >
A DARK AND DISMAL FLOWER by J.C. Herz
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"It's a bit mannered, but high production values and a realistic mix of behavioral ups and downs keep it from turning twee or labored. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad poetry app. 6-10)"
In this pretty if occasionally precious app, a mercurial child's moods and whims find allegorical counterparts in the flower garden she plants. Read full book review >

I IMAGINE by Bizzibrains
developed by Bizzibrains
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 31, 2014

"Thoughtful design features make this an inclusive story that will resonate with many young children. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Children will enjoy becoming the stars of this customizable story, creating different versions for repeated readings. Read full book review >
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Nosy Crow
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 30, 2014

"Readers will feel as clever and brave as Jack as they outwit and outrun the giant in this engaging, entertaining app. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
Nosy Crow's design cleverly weaves games and adventure into this favorite folk tale. Read full book review >
NOTIONS+ by 24 Notions LLC
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 29, 2014

"Those are notions we can use. A fascinating exercise in appropriately scaled multimedia and a pleasure (if, for consumers, sometimes a guilty one) to read."
A high-tech update of social-critical texts such as Subliminal Seduction and Amusing Ourselves to Death, addressing our penchant for self-pampering and its dire consequences. Read full book review >
THE WISHINGTOOTH STORYBOOK ADVENTURE by TRC Family Entertainment
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 23, 2014

"The complicated yet predictable storyline and the interactive experience are mostly disappointing. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
A story about the Tooth Fairy displays an animation aesthetic. Read full book review >
MEET HECKERTY by Jan Ziff
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"A good, entry-level app, gratifyingly easy if also easy to move beyond. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
An elemental story of a forgetful witch. Read full book review >
MOMMY HURRIES HOME by Kate Galitskaya
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 16, 2014

"There's a great app to be done about the imaginative ways a parent dresses up a story about the day, but this one doesn't arrive fully formed. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A rambling story of a parent's trip home. Read full book review >
CHLOE'S LITTLE SECRET by Marina Tito
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 16, 2014

"A bland take on a premise that Mercer Mayer has practically worn out single-handedly. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Unexceptional writing and low-wattage interactive effects send this tale of a girl and her closet monster to a back shelf. 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 >