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 >

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 >
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 >