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 >
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 >

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 >
CURIOUS GEORGE AND THE FIREFIGHTERS by Tribal Nova
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 28, 2014

"Three different reading levels and many creative ideas give tremendous added value to an entertaining outing with a favorite friend. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
In classic Curious George form, a visit to the fire station includes a little havoc and a lot of humor and is here paired with a reading method developed through McGill University to nurture emergent literacy. 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 >

SEAMUS HEANEY: FIVE FABLES by Robert Henryson
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 22, 2014

"High production values brighten this feature-rich offspring of one of Heaney's last works and a BBC miniseries. (Requires iOS 7.0 and above.) (introduction, bibliography) (iPad folklore app. 10-13, adult)"
Fifteenth-century versions of five fables get lavish makeovers in this star- and feature-studded app. 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 >
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 >
NETWARS - THE BUTTERFLY ATTACK by M. Shaw Coleman
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 15, 2014

"It's terrific good fun, for all its sobering message. And if you want to learn how to stop that streetcar with a worm, well, here's your how-to."
Blending comics, online game and real-life IT security drills, this app is just the thing for the budding National Security Agency tech—or black-hat hacker. Read full book review >
LITTLE LAMB IN AMSTERDAM by Joshua Wilson
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 14, 2014

"Worth its weight in florins, guilders or even Euros. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
This launch of the Wilsons' Tiny Tourists app series is an excellent first step to the world. Read full book review >
LITTLE GUB by Dorte Lytje
by Dorte Lytje, illustrated by Eva Ehler, developed by Mentoria ApS
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 5, 2014

"This well-intentioned storybook app does not measure up. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
This supersweet multilingual storybook app aims to help young children adjust emotionally to their parents' divorce. Read full book review >
LOOSE STRANDS by Markian Moyes
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 4, 2014

"Fantasy readers who love to explore will have days or weeks of entrancing material to obsess over. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad fantasy app. 9-14)"
A twisty app with a choose-your-own-adventure-style conceit surprises as a fully realized, memorable fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >