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
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >