MOON MAN DAN by Pickled Pepper Productions
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 17, 2014

"Waxing gibbous, waning crescent—that can wait. Who isn't happier imagining the moon snuggling under a comforter? (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
The phases of the moon don't just happen. They are the work of Moon Man Dan (or so says Pickled Peppers' snug application). Read full book review >
THE DRAGON INTERACTIVE BOOK by Hilke  Sievers
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 14, 2014

"For young readers who can't get enough of dragon stories, this is one they're likely to remember. (iPad storybook app. 4-9)"
An unusual creature finds a rewarding career in theater in this multiple-scenario story. Read full book review >

THE WARRIOR STORY by We The Force Studios
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 11, 2014

"A sanitized but action-packed rendition of the hero's early exploits. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 7-10)"
Elaborate video game graphics give this somewhat embroidered account of David's youth and battle with Goliath a melodramatic cast. Read full book review >
GEORGE THE FARMER'S AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURES by Simone Kain
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 10, 2014

"Although his Aussie slang is amusing, George is actually something of a jerk, and the app doesn't offer enough by way of features or narrative to compensate for his total absence of character growth. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
With a cheerful "G'day, mate," a narrator invites readers to glimpse a slice of life on an Australian wheat farm. Read full book review >
PLANTS by Marie Caudry
illustrated by Marie Caudry, developed by Tinybop
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 7, 2014

"This is more curriculum than story, best suited for older children who have the wherewithal to use this app as an independent study tool. (iPad informational app. 6-12)"
This digital diorama offers an in-depth exploration of biomes and the plant life they host. Read full book review >

DARLING ZHUZHA by Anastasia Dobrovolskaya
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 4, 2014

"A sweetly, quietly appealing piece of whimsy. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
This original fairy tale looks as timeworn as a fairy tale should, with a story just runic enough to keep the wheels turning in little minds. Read full book review >
SAMURAI BIKE MESSENGERS by Pop-Post
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 3, 2014

"Flash and dash aplenty, though the text isn't well-presented, and the plotting is anything but a smooth ride. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
To a driving musical beat, flying cyclists cross the Hudson to save New York from bike- and sneaker-eating smog monsters in this melodramatic romp. Read full book review >
A LETTER TO ME by Carolina Preschel
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 3, 2014

"Skip this treacly app and write a letter the old-fashioned way. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A young child tries to wait patiently for a loving adult to write a letter in this customizable app. Read full book review >
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 24, 2014

"Jacques and Missy make good travel companions, and the sights in Costa Rica are lovely, but making it through the app can sometimes feel less like a vacation and more like homework. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
Friends Jacques and Missy, a cat and a mouse respectively, find adventure when Missy loses her red scarf in the air, forcing them to land their yellow prop plane in Costa Rica. Read full book review >
THE FOX AND THE STORK by TerryLab
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 23, 2014

"An import with higher priority placed on visuals and interactive tweaks than narrative or thematic clarity. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Like the Mumuin.com Fox and Crane (2014), an off-kilter version of the Aesopian fable—brightened up by shiny cartoon scenes positively a-twitch with touch-activated flowers, bugs and other details.Read full book review >
TERRY THE DINOSAUR by Translucent Computing Inc.
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 22, 2014

"Low-rent graphics and interactive effects perfectly complement a stultifyingly bland prehistoric tale. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
A little pterodactyl is teased by his wingless peers. Read full book review >
LARS AND FRIENDS by Carla Susanto
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 15, 2014

"The app's shining features never overwhelm the simplicity of Lars' story or the nicely executed idea at its heart. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
A red horse spends a day with groups of other animals in this simple story with a clever learning hook. 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 >