THE ECHIDNA AND THE DRESS by BighART
IPAD BOOK APPS
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
IPAD BOOK APPS
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
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >

MY FRIEND THE SPIDER by Gloria Francella
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 22, 2014

"This app is definitely above average. With a faster response time and a more interesting storyline it could sweep the golds. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Beautiful illustrations carry this so-so app about a bird's friendship with a spider. Read full book review >
CATCHING FIREFLIES by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 22, 2014

"Users could end up with a cache of ideas and a habit that could conceivably last a lifetime. (iPad writing app. 10-16)"
Part journal, part writing exercise, this app aims to help young writers get in the habit of writing. Read full book review >
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR & FRIENDS by StoryToys
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 20, 2014

"Overall, this engaging app provides long-lasting, skill-building fun, and parents who revere Carle's watercolor work won't be disappointed in this digital incarnation. (iPad informational app. 2-5)"
A 3-D pop-up app of preschool games built around Eric Carle's dreamy watercolor world. Read full book review >
AVOKIDDO ABC RIDE by Avokiddo
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 20, 2014

"Short on repetition and long on educational fun, this app is a preschooler's delight. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A combination bike ride/ABC lesson becomes a phonetic adventure. Read full book review >
EVEN MONSTERS ARE SHY by Michael  Bruza
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 20, 2014

"As a story, it's rather slight, but it does what it sets out to do well and with a sunny disposition to boot.(iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
Affection for his boy boosts a pet monster's confidence with spectacular results in a breezy, enjoyable app. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE PATIENT by Tímea Fülöp
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 16, 2014

"Look elsewhere for reassurance for sick little ones. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Sweet artwork and good intentions are the highlights of this storybook app. Read full book review >
THE FROG AND FISH STORYBOOK by Shawn Saacke Crawford
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 13, 2014

"A low-key alternative to Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross' Tadpole's Promise (2005) and other more true-to-nature takes on the theme. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
A sweet portrait of an interspecies friendship that survives major physical changes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >