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
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 5, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >