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 >
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 >

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 >
TREASURE ISLAND by Gemioli
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"The story loses too much in its abbreviation to capture the thrill of the book—or an audience—which is why a picture's being worth a thousand words is its salvation. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
Robert Louis Stevenson's tale gets brisk but eye-catching treatment in this app from Gemioli studios. 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 >

FUNNY YUMMY by Svetlana Alles
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 24, 2014

"It's a warm, enjoyable experience, but the pace is so measured and controlled that readers might lose interest before everyone gets his or her lunch. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-4)"
Young readers help six animals get their lunches in this gently interactive storybook app. 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 >
PICASSO by Museum of Modern Art
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 28, 2014

"Though perhaps too much for newcomers to the path-breaking artist, handsome and authoritative for those beyond introductions."
A scholarly but accessible survey of prominent pieces from the heart of Pablo Picasso's (1881-1973) cubist period, rich in opportunities for visual deep dives. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO A BLACK HOLE by College of Charleston
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 28, 2014

"Not a stellar effort. (iPad informational app. 8-11)"
Some grant-funded undergraduate research on black holes makes its way to the iPad. 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 >
TINY AIRPORT by wonderkind GmbH
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 31, 2014

"Absorbing diversion for both old hands and first-time fliers. (Requires iOS 6.1 and above.) (iPad seek-and-find app. 2-4)"
A trio of cartoon scenes positively laden with animated surprises will rivet tap-happy 2-year-olds. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE300 by James Reese
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 20, 2014

"An informed and inviting gloss of the Bard's oeuvre—but best used with some critical or classroom support. (Requires iOS 7 and above.)"
With pithy descriptions and a touch of data analysis, this app provides quick summaries of every Shakespeare play for the Bard fan on the go. 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 >