OOBIE'S SPACE ADVENTURE by Rob Seward
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 12, 2011

"Oobie's space adventure ends far too soon, but the playground is an especially clever plaything in an app that will please many would-be astronauts. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
A little orange spud travels through space in a flying saucer in this diverting, yet too-short story of interstellar adventure. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >