FRIENDS by Makis Tsitas
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 11, 2011

"Aside from the overuse of absolute adverbs, this is a worthwhile add to any iPad bookshelf. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Based on the printed version of Tsitas' book with the same title, this app chronicles the advantages and hazards of companionship. Read full book review >
ELMER'S SPECIAL DAY by David McKee
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 9, 2011

"This winner combines feasible problem solving, bug-free special effects, plenty of eye candy—particularly toward the end, when all the wildly decorated wild things are cavorting about—and easy navigation. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
The patchwork pachyderm again finds a way to wage peace. Read full book review >

SCOTT'S SUBMARINE by Square Igloo
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 7, 2011

"Despite minor flubs in the English translation ('The crab is a crustacea [sic] with 10 legs'), this is a voyage worth taking. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
Unusual interactive features and visual effects give this undersea jaunt a glossy digital sheen. Read full book review >
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE by Aesop
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 6, 2011

"Plenty of superficial child appeal, but the writer and the illustrator remain deservedly cloaked in anonymity. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
Bright, busy and oh-so-bland cartoons positively festooned with touch-activated effects carry this newly rhymed version of the classic fable. Read full book review >
MY MAGIC KITE by My Digital Photo Story
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 6, 2011

"Readers may not be so sanguine in the wake of this flashy but superficial tour. (iPad informational app. 6-9)"
Interactive features solidly trump art, writing and factual accuracy in this quick but far from slick aerial travelogue. Read full book review >

HANSEL AND GRETEL BOOKIDU by Digital Book Production
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 3, 2011

"Like an old-time radio drama, this rendition leaves plenty to the imagination. (iPad storybook app. 7-10)"
Sans illustrations, decorations or even an option for audio narration this version of the folktale definitely charts its own course through the thickets of more fully featured apps. Read full book review >
THIS IS MY STORY ... AND I'M STICKING TO IT by Gramercy Consultants
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 3, 2011

"While it could have been stronger with a few more surprises and features, the app's simplicity and novelty are nearly enough to make up for that. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A kind of visual Mad Libs app, this one doesn't have a narrative or even consistent characters. But its very simple design and easy-to-grasp (both literally and figuratively) stickers make it fun nevertheless. Read full book review >
POTTY TIME by I Can Do It Books
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 3, 2011

"Despite a message of empowerment, this text's amateur illustrations and funky navigation makes it a wet blanket. (iPad storybook app. 2-3)"
An "I can do it book" that just doesn't do it when it comes to celebrating kids and their success with potty training. Read full book review >
WHERE IS YOUR NOSE, NIBBLY? by Barney Saltzberg
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 28, 2011

"Navigation issue aside, Nibbly is a cute and well-designed app that the littlest iPad users will likely enjoy. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
Charming mice ask Nibbly the bunny to point out his various body parts. Read full book review >
OUR CHOICE by Al Gore
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 28, 2011

"A model for translating books to the small screen (iPhone as well as iPad), and at a bargain price."
Al Gore's 2009 book proves an ideal fit for an iPad app, one of the best that we've seen. Read full book review >
BALLY, THE BALLOON DOG by Mara Colecchia
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 27, 2011

"A few bells and whistles fail to make this app soar. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
Bally meets up with three "real" dogs and through a series of events realizes that he's different. Will he ever fit in? Read full book review >
I DON'T LIKE PINK by Brooks Jones
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 25, 2011

"In all, Gabi's ferocity comes across as pretty limp. Pass. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
Gabi is excited to receive a surprise present from her grandmother, but, once unwrapped, the gift box reveals a pink T-shirt. (See title.) Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >