MY FRIEND THE SPIDER by Gloria Francella
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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 >

EVEN MONSTERS ARE SHY by Michael  Bruza
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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 >

MAGNETISM AND ELECTRICITY by NCsoft
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2014

"Plenty of potential for shocking discoveries—even with close adult supervision. (iPad informational app. 10-13)"
Budding Edisons will get a buzz (literally, if they're not careful) from this hands-on introduction to magnets and electrical circuits. Read full book review >
VINCENT THE ANTEATER'S SPACE VOYAGE by Luis López
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2014

"This multilingual app offers appealing visuals and worthy subject matter, but its disjointed, oft-times heavy-handed approach keeps it from soaring. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
This tale about a space-traveling anteater aspires to educate kids about the environmental dangers of consumerism. Read full book review >
THE BRONFMAN HAGGADAH by Edgar Bronfman
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 9, 2014

"Families who are interested in a contemporary, inclusive, nontraditional approach to the holiday may find this version useful for sharing with older children before the holiday (and techies may actually use it at the holiday feast itself). (glossary)"
Imagine a Passover Seder with participants clutching tablets and listening to the Haggadah being read aloud by soothing male and female voices. Read full book review >
THE BOX & I by Sue Moring
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2014

"Ho-hum. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
It's a running joke with parents: Buy your kids expensive toys, and they'll end up playing with the box. Read full book review >
OCEAN by Fox & Sheep
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2014

"Less than ankle deep, informationwise, but all the color and movement should keep the Oshkosh set poking away for a while. (iPad informational app. 2-4)"
The focus is mainly on fun in three populous underwater scenes, but a few facts float past too. Read full book review >
SHERLOCK by Haab Entertainment
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 5, 2014

"A smartly designed treatment of Doyle's London that makes a short story feel full and novelistic. (Requires iOS 6.1 and above.)"
A classic Sherlock Holmes tale gets lavish interactive treatment, with opportunities for sleuthing for readers. Read full book review >
TOTALBOOK: CALL OF CTHULHU by H.P. Lovecraft
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 3, 2014

"Totally uninspired—a missed opportunity to explore H.P. Lovecraft in even greater depths of interactive madness. (Requires iOS 7 and above.)"
A disappointingly bland and feature-poor rendering of H.P. Lovecraft's classic short story about a great and terrible creature slumbering deep beneath the ocean floor. 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 >