THE GOLDEN TROPHY by Bee Square
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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 >
THE ECHIDNA AND THE DRESS by BighART
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"This lovely app speaks of family, the things that make memories, and how folkways color our lives and testify to the world's wonder. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A finely honed, graphically transporting story about a slice of Aboriginal life in the Outback of Australia. Read full book review >
HOUR OF THE WOLF by Andrius B. Tapinas
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 6, 2014

"One wishes that the story were as well-thought-through as the app. (Requires iOS 6 and above.)"
Steampunk-y counterfactuality meets late-breaking technology in a package that's better than its content. Read full book review >
LADYBUG ZEE by CoolAsh Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2014

"Some younger kids will enjoy the story, which briefly branches off in three directions before coming back together, but many storybook apps do the same kind of thing much better. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
A ladybug helps a friend and learns to fly. Read full book review >
PTEROSAURS by American Museum of Natural History
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though more a patchwork of discrete sections than a cohesive whole, this up-to-the-moment survey still flies on its own. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (timeline) (iPad informational app. 7-10)"
Video clips and computer-graphic animations give this companion to an exhibit at New York's American Museum of Natural History plenty of lift. Read full book review >
INCREDIBLE NUMBERS by Ian Stewart
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 27, 2014

"This may tempt even children who tremble at the sight of a square root to take the plunge. (Requires iOS 7.1 and above.) (iPad informational app. 14 & up)"
TouchPress and Stewart offer eight challenging dives into mathematical theory and practice for readers not intimidated by complex formulas and brain-bending concepts. 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 >