DRAGONS by DreamWorks Press
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 31, 2014

"For fans of the movie, it doesn't get much better than this. (iPad storybook app. 5-12)"
Designed in support of the Dreamworks' film How To Train Your Dragon 2, this original app/story begins with a mystery. Read full book review >
THE FARM NOISES by Ana Martin Larrañaga
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 18, 2014

"A simple concept book well-suited for a shared reading experience with the youngest digerati. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 18 mos.-3)"
Cheery illustrations and authentic animal noises make this simple outing to the farm a happy one, introducing 10 common farm animals and their babies. Read full book review >

SENDA AND THE GLUTTON DRAGON by Soyo Interactive
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 20, 2014

"Still, it's very hard to resist a dragon who finally eats his vegetables; parents who are trying to wean a child off an all-sugar diet should take a look. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A candy-devouring dragon is at the heart of this fairy-tale-themed bedtime story. 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 >
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 >

MANDELA by Quelle Histoire
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Nov. 21, 2011

"Shallow and flawed. (iPad informational app. 7-9)"
An introduction to Mandela illustrated with cutesy, bigheaded cartoon figures. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE PEOPLE by Loud Crow Interactive
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 17, 2014

"A cozy, humorous change of pace from previous (mildly) scary encounters. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad folk-tale app. 6-9)"
More creatures from First Nations folklore greet young Thomas and Lily on their third visit to their grandparents' cabin in the Canadian Rockies (The Story of Kalkalilh, 2013, etc.).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 >
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 >
FUN WITH COLORS by Bastei Lubbe
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Nov. 24, 2013

"No flying colors here. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A monochromatic story about elementary color theory. 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 >
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 >