LITTLE GUB by Dorte Lytje
by Dorte Lytje, illustrated by Eva Ehler, developed by Mentoria ApS
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
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 >
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 >