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 >
HOW I BECAME A PIRATE by Melinda Long
IPAD BOOK APPS
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
IPAD BOOK APPS
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.
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
DOCTOR LILLIPUT by Sebastian Büttner
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 24, 2014

"Dr. Lilliput's tale is much like a spoonful of sugar: sweet but not actually beneficial, unless it helps the medicine go down. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Dr. Lilliput might make a sick child laugh, but he won't really help readers understand what's happening when they get a cold. 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 >
BELLA'S SECRET GARDEN by Jemma Upson
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 6, 2014

"At five or even eight pages, this would have been a cute bagatelle; at 20, it is overindulgence. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
This app bursts with crisply photographed flowers, noisy fairy friends—and a shiny slug. 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 >
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by HappyKids
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 3, 2014

"Overall, a cut above most. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-7)"
A respectable rendition to add to the more than 100 others in the iTunes store. 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 >
JOYCE'S ULYSSES by Naxos Digital Services Ltd
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 1, 2014

"We suspect Joyce himself would be pleased with this production, a boon for scholars and general readers alike. (Requires iOS 6 and above.)"
Stately, plump Buck Mulligan and crew find themselves well-served in a new app that blends Joyce's text with its Greek inspiration. Read full book review >
BOJ THE COLLECTOR by Pesky Productions
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 19, 2014

"The story definitely succeeds at capturing a near-universal childhood impulse and is likely to be a preschool favorite. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
A mildly interactive extension of the BBC's popular animated series for young children. 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 >