GEORGE THE FARMER'S AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURES by Simone Kain
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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.
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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 >
CHILDREN'S
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 >
HOW I BECAME A PIRATE by Melinda Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2014

"A lively alternative to the 2003 print version, with judicious audio and interactive tweaks but blessedly free of games and like silly distractions. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Pans, zooms, gruff vocals and piratical sound effects add even more swash to the buckles of young Jeremy's first encounter with Braid Beard and his disreputable crew. Read full book review >
MR. KOOPE THE HEDGEHOG by SHUNEEBOOKS
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2014

"Ultimately, this quirky little story leaves readers wishing for more. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
Mr. Koope, a crotchety old hedgehog, tries to escape the rain by building a house on top of the clouds. Read full book review >
GRANDPA IN SPACE by Fairlady Media, Inc.
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 2014

"Children hoping for a substantive tour of the solar system may be disappointed, but those who click with the games should build some skills. (iPad informational/math app. 6-8)"
A skim across the solar system serves as a framework for a set of elementary matching and counting games. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >