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 >
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 >
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 >