THE BUTTERFLY BOOK by Marine Locatelli
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Despite a few problems, Paolo's story is presented dynamically enough to keep even non-Francophile readers engaged. (iPad storybook app. 5-10)"
A boy's loneliness in a new home is cured in unexpected ways when writings of his get loose in this ode to passionate young writers. Read full book review >
TRAIL, MARTIM IS A STRONG BOY by ativgreen
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 26, 2014

"Delightful at every turn. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A young boy goes for a ride on his bike, exploring the world around him in this simple but engaging interactive story. Read full book review >

KALLEY'S MACHINE PLUS CATS by Jon Alexander
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"Poignant ending notwithstanding, terrific fun for the Oshkosh set, with opportunities aplenty to practice motor skills, make choices and observe cause and effect. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A child's scheme to keep her commuting dad home inspires a polyfunctional machine festooned with dials, switches, levers, buttons and other controls—not to mention cats. Read full book review >
STAR WALK KIDS by Vito Technology, Inc.
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 4, 2014

"This guide to the heavens is cool for browsing, but it is too unsystematic for sustained research. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad informational app. 6-8)"
For budding sky watchers, this much simplified version of the StarWalk apps offers quick doses of selected astronomical basics plus tantalizing leads to more.Read full book review >
FIONA & THE FOG by William Poor
by William Poor, illustrated by William Poor, developed by William Poor
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 3, 2014

"The view is lovely, but it is Fiona's Homeric voyage through the city that will find readers charged with their own wanderlust. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A blend of photos and animated elements showcases Poor's story of a girl pursuing a windblown scarf, much as a boy did a red balloon, and experiencing a great city in the process. Read full book review >

LUCY LADYBIRD by Sharon King-Chai
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 31, 2014

"A cheerful, charming story that works well as a storybook app. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
The unspotted Lucy Ladybird doesn't fit in with the rest of the ladybugs, so she sets off on a journey of self-discovery. Read full book review >
HAT MONKEY by Chris Haughton
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 28, 2014

"A fine addition to any toddler's virtual shelf, next to the likes of Lazy Larry Lizard (2011) and Sandra Boynton's e-board books. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad toddler app. 1-3)"
Simple art, bright colors, and a loose-jointed, tap-responsive monkey swathed in oversized knitwear give this app particular appeal for digi-tots. Read full book review >
POPPY CAT AND THE BUBBLE VOLCANO by StoryToys
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 28, 2014

"Probably best for children who are already immersed in Poppy's world from the television show. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
Based on the British picture-book and television series, this app weaves a slight story around eight interactive games. Read full book review >
THE FOUR SEASONS by Infinite Fermata LLC
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 24, 2014

"Bobbles aside, this Vivaldi primer is still worth the change. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
An interactive storybook introduces a much-beloved classical music score. Read full book review >
THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER by Rebecca Emberley
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 21, 2014

"Give this one a miss. (iPad nursery-rhyme app. 1-4)"
Based on a favorite classic finger rhyme, this app features accompanying music and vocals by jazz musician Peter Black. Read full book review >
THE HOPE WE SEEK by Rich Shapero
by Rich Shapero, illustrated by Donald Pass, developed by Outside Reading
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 21, 2014

"There are many veins to explore here, but they are mostly stuffed with fool's gold. (Requires iOS 7 and above.)"
An extended allegory on greed and religion set in a mine that's home to a fickle goddess, a hooker with a heart of gold and a raft of other familiar archetypes. Read full book review >
THE TREE THAT REFUSED TO SHED by Stephanie  Yap
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 20, 2014

"This story may offer solid tutorials on the seasons and the existential benefits of detachment (pun intended), but its literary and technical vessels could use some work. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
A stubborn tree gets a perfunctory lesson about impermanence. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >