ARCHIE AND THE MYSTERIOUS SPHERE by Johan Veldeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 24, 2010

"Skimpy and unpromising, with nowhere to go but up. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
Ant rides golf ball in this forgettable Belgian import. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 2010

"It's a beautiful little virtual book collection. (iPad storybook app. 4-12)"
Similar in style to the groundbreaking Alice for iPad, this collection of three stories ("The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Happy Family") retains the original (translated) texts and illustrations and adds a generous portion of gorgeous, well-integrated animations and eye-catching effects. Read full book review >

FRIDA'S WORLD by Patuto Press
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2010

"An entertaining, introductory journey through Frida's world that introduces readers to an artistic legend and encourages creativity. (Biography. 7-9)"
Colorful and accessible, this brief biography of Frida Kahlo paints the artist's vibrant life using broad brushstrokes that smooth over her tragedies and highlight her creativity. Read full book review >
ZANNY by Pamela Sloane-Bradbury
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2010

"Aimed at children with spectrum disorders, but likely to miss that audience—or any other. (iPad therapeutic app. 5-7)"
A hyperbolic portrait of a lad who operates only at top speed is paired to a bug-ridden recognition game. Read full book review >
THE 3 LITTLE PIGS by Coleco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 16, 2010

"This reinvention will engage some readers, but it probably won't blow them away. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
Coleco presents its first app, a 15-page cartoon pop-up retelling of the familiar tale. Read full book review >

SCRUFFY KITTY by Michael Slack
Kirkus Star
by Michael Slack, illustrated by Michael Slack, developed by WingedChariot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2010

"Toddlers will fall in love with Scruffy Kitten and this gently engaging app from Europe. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
This multilingual 17-page story-and-sticker app for the youngest readers charms. Read full book review >
NASH SMASHER by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2010

"Despite some clumsy versifying, as fine and fun a way as ever was to re-channel (temporarily, at least) the beast within. (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
A destructive lad gets a proper outlet for his energies in a story app positively festooned with funny special effects and side business. Read full book review >
THE ULTIMATE DINO-PEDIA by Don Lessem
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 14, 2010

"Still, the outstanding art and the unmatched breadth of content move this to the head of the Dino-app pack. (iPad reference app. 7-11)"
Though not quite the dino-pedia to rule them all, this multimedia version of the already-terrific print edition of the same title will certainly set young dinophiles roaring. Read full book review >
A PRESENT FOR MILO by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 8, 2010

"Here's hoping the paper romp is as engaging as the digital one. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Like a Next Gen version of a lift-the-flap Spot story, this digital cat-and-mouse chase features very simple art, familiar settings and hidden surprises in every scene. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 29, 2010

"The amusing present-day touches (the stepsisters do Pilates; Cinderella arrives at the ball in an orange Maserati) don't hurt, either. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
More textbook than storybook, this modern take on "Cinderella" is part of a series of language-study apps from educator Ana Lomba. Read full book review >
TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 24, 2010

"Avast! Young mateys not ready for the original will get an eyeful, an earful and a taste of the timeless pirate adventure that awaits. (iPad storybook app. 8-11)"
A rousing abridgment of the classic tale is buoyed by atmospheric sound effects and hearty digital surprises. Read full book review >
SHOULD WE GO? by Makemi Software
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 19, 2010

"Probably not. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
There's a nugget of a great idea—though not a terribly new one—in this app: a story tool that allows readers to pick characters, clothing, setting and mode of transportation. 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 >