BABY COMES HOME by Luna Moth LLC
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 15, 2014

"Unremarkable and uneven—steer clear. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
When a new baby arrives, Dudley misses special time spent fetching and playing ball with his family in this brief, predictable tale. Read full book review >
REX THE ROACH by Jeff Butterworth
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A polished showing with spare but well-integrated animated effects and several silly twists. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
In this simple interactive odyssey, a little robot cockroach learns to listen to his mum and to say "Please," after flushing himself down the toilet. Read full book review >

POUGHKEEPSIE by Debra Anastasia
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 12, 2014

"A clunky if shrewdly engineered tale with, for the most part, equally clunky added bells and whistles."
An indie epic of sex, crime and romance is bolstered—though not exactly improved—by photos, videos, quizzes and a recipe. Read full book review >
CLOSE-KNIT by Julia Douglas
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 12, 2014

"That said, Douglas and the engineers of this app have made Helmsdale seem a very attractive place indeed on which to pay a call. Watch for a spike in tourism—and, with luck, other apps like this celebrating local history and art."
Scottish artist Douglas finds a home—and a vast canvas—in the Highlands. Read full book review >
THE UNSTEALER by Joshua Wilson
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 9, 2014

"Everyone should have an UnStealer in the house. (iPad storybook app. 4-12)"
A spooky gentleman with a Salvador Dali mustache comes to clear away those pesky un's that frustrate, anger and rob us of our confidence. Read full book review >

FOX AND CRANE by Mumuin.com
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 9, 2014

"There's a moral here, but it's not the intended one. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Interactive diversions are given considerably more attention than the story in this multilingual version of the Aesopian fable. Read full book review >
YOU'RE THE DETECTIVE by Lawrence Treat
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Readers who take it slowly will find the 24 puzzles will provide a full measure of pleasure. (iPad mystery app. 8-12)"
Two dozen puzzles give a little jolt of accomplishment when solved. Read full book review >
FATHER FROST by Vadim Makarov
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 6, 2014

"Freeze-dried awful on a stick. (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
Obnoxious and tone-deaf, this mess of an app will leave readers cold. Read full book review >
BIBO, THE LITTLE MONSTER by Vasiliy Poryagin
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 5, 2014

"A shallow story about shallowness. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
This story about a little purple monster aims to demonstrate that outward appearance isn't a good indicator of inward nature and character. Read full book review >
LOCHFOOT by W. Scott Matthews
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 4, 2014

"Great premise but, overall, a disappointing experience. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
This story about the spawn of Bigfoot and Nessie (aka the Loch Ness Monster) suffers from a dry storyline and a significant lack of interaction and ingenuity. Read full book review >
ENZO FERRARI MUSEUM by Andrea Ciofi degli Atti
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"A pleasure for car buffs, especially those of the Formula 1 racing persuasion. (Requires iOS 6.1 and above.)"
A fly-on-the-wall—if not flying-down-the-track—virtual visit to one of Italian motordom's principal shrines. Read full book review >
SLEEPOVER IN AFRICA AT AMANI'S GRADUATION by The Global Sleepover
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"The real Amani shines as the star through photographs of her school in Rwanda, but the fictional story is flat and unrewarding. (iPad storybook app. 5-10)"
Young readers will enjoy armchair travel as they learn about school in Rwanda, but they will wish that the story was more fully developed. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >