THE PHANTOM MENACE by Disney Publishing Worldwide
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 1, 2014

"The app's primary appeal lies in the presentation of a template that may work out better when A New Hope and its two sequels arrive in the Star Wars Journeys series. (iPad storybook app. 6-12)"
More forced than blessed with the Force, this app of the oft-reviled first Star Wars prequel will nevertheless please some fans. Read full book review >
THE SWAMP WHERE GATOR HIDES by Marianne Berkes
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 30, 2014

"It's visually first-rate, but this gator story deserves a few more digital enhancements—something sonic for a start!—to give the swamp the respect it's due. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
Don't let this well-written swamp story with its layered rhyme structure and sleepy narration deceive you: The mysterious gator will not hide forever, because lunchtime is coming…. Read full book review >

TREEHOUSES OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST by Paul Victor
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 29, 2014

"A splendid gateway to the world of treehouse building that just might inspire users to take a crack at creating a little wonderment of their own. (Requires iOS 6.1 and above.)"
The real-life Rivendell awaits in an app that captures the arboreal awesomeness that exists, not in Middle Earth, but within the borders of the United States. Read full book review >
HOW FAR IS UP by Betty Sargeant
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 27, 2014

"A fine encouragement to be curious, to reach for things strange and distant, to court adventure. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
An alluring exploration of the word "far," its meaning and its mystery. Read full book review >
LAURA'S JOURNEY TO THE STARS by Klaus Baumgart
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 27, 2014

"Still, this bedtime adventure is worth the trip, if mostly for the sentimental 'siblings in space' journey. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Two siblings travel in their rocket ship to find a dog star in this sleepy, sweet adventure. Read full book review >

THE GOLDEN TROPHY by Bee Square
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 24, 2014

"The characters are cute and colorful, but they're not strong enough to carry this weak storyline and flawed interface to a first-place finish. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
An interactive exploration of what might have happened after the Tortoise bested the Hare. Read full book review >
WITCHY & WILLIAM by Hanneke van der Meer
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 20, 2014

"Other than that creepy giant elephant in the room, Witchy's story isn't exactly bewitching, save for the tidy design. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A young witch helps a giant out in a simple fairy-tale app. Read full book review >
MY INCREDIBLE BODY by Zybright
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 17, 2014

"Combine the magic of Ms. Frizzle's bus with realistic 3-D digital imagery to get a sense of what it's like to manipulate the images in this dynamic app. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad informational app. 8-12)"
Interactive features grab young readers' attention, encouraging them to manipulate images, exploring the ways different systems fit together in the human body. Read full book review >
THE ALICE APP by Lewis Carroll
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 15, 2014

"Though Alice apps abound, this offers some audio and visual pleasures of its own. (Requires iOS 6.0 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 10-13)"
A full version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, expressively read in a semi-British accent and decorated with illustrations that echo the elegant surrealism, and often the composition, of Tenniel's originals. Read full book review >
ALPHABET OF INSECTS by Barbie Heit Schwaeber
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 11, 2014

"Budding naturalists, even younger ones, can easily find more dependable and systematic guides to their backyard biota. (iPad informational app. 5-8)"
Digital tweaks add interactive features to this edition of an insect ABC (originally packaged in 2007 as a book/CD set). Read full book review >
ODYSSEUS FOR KIDS by Patricia Crété
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 9, 2014

"It's so cursory of plotline that even the fates of Penelope's suitors go unmentioned, but it may be a good way to introduce or review the cast and the epic tale's broad outlines. (Requires iOS 6.0 and above.) (iPad storybook/game app. 6-9)"
A young gamer's version of the life and adventures of Odysseus, with digital character cards to collect by taking on "challenges" at each stop along the way. Read full book review >
SMALL PHYSICS EXPERIMENTS FOR KIDS by Rémy Léglise
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 9, 2014

"The tabletop isn't all that will end up scarred by these ill-designed efforts. (Requires iOS 4.3 and above.) (iPad informational app. 7-10)"
Twenty-five simple forays into tabletop science, each presented three ways: through step-by-step print directions, a "chalkboard" schematic and a live-action video clip. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >