POP OUT! THE TALE OF SQUIRREL NUTKIN by Beatrix Potter
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 12, 2011

"While Peter Rabbit was a groundbreaking app, this one suffers not at all from building over the same template: It is elegance defined. (iPad storybook app. 2-10)"
Not as stunning or surprising as Loud Crow Interactive's previous Potter adaptation, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, its take on her subsequent, squirrel tale is nevertheless a clever, faithful retelling. Read full book review >
THE DAY THE MUSIC STOPPED by The Juno Company
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 11, 2011

"Still, it's a brilliant concept and quite well done. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Juno and little brother Rai Rai travel to make-believe musical land Harmonia Springs, where they learn about music and how to appreciate it. Read full book review >

MONKEY MIND by Phoebe Lee
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 11, 2011

"Far short of zen-sational. (iPad therapeutic app. 6-8)"
A low-rent road to quick inner serenity with drifty Japanese-style flute music to speed the way. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >