RUNAWAY RADISH by Janice Levy
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 19, 2011

"The Runaway Radish (who, spoiler alert, doesn't exactly make it out of the story intact) is entertainingly chaotic, and this 'Gingerbread Man' variant is a good effort in both Spanish and English. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
Although markedly different in tone and style from most iPad storybook apps (though no less worthy), this English-and-Spanish tale of a food sculptor and a mischievous, fast-moving root vegetable is fun and has some features that make it worth multiple readings. Read full book review >
BEN THE TRACTOR AND THE LOST SHEEP by ZigZag Studio
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 19, 2011

"A solid technical effort that suffers from a severely shorn narrative. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
Like the sheep featured in it, this app may not seem quite so appealing if it were stripped of its fluffy, soft surface. Read full book review >

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS HD by Chocolapps
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 17, 2011

"It just goes to show that even with a unique take on a classic, you can still go wrong with the basics. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
There must be something about the (rights-free) story of the three homeowner pigs and that hungry wolf that appeals to iPad-app developers. There are so many versions of it—at least 20 by our count—for Apple's tablet that it's fair to say it's become a blank slate upon which to try different features on an easy, familiar story. Read full book review >
NURSERY RHYMES WITH STORYTIME by W.W. Denslow
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 17, 2011

"This interactive nursery-rhyme app has great appeal, even without long-distance read-alouds. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
Another classic of childhood, Mother Goose, comes alive on the iPad, thanks to developer ustwo in conjunction with Atomic Antelope, who produced the impressive Alice for the iPad. Read full book review >
TREETOP TED by Bronwyn Callander
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 17, 2011

"High marks for looks, sounds and overall design. Totally terrific for toddlers. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
From Down Under, a deliciously alliterative barrage of sounds and silly pests. Read full book review >

PINOCCHIO by Carlo Collodi
by Carlo Collodi, adapted by Elastico srl, illustrated by Lucia Conversi, translated by Lemmy Caution, developed by Elastico srl
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 17, 2011

"A fine introductory version, condensed to a highlights reel but lively enough to keep even younger audiences entertained. (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
Unusually brisk special effects animate this relatively less satiric but equally amusing adaptation of the classic tale. Read full book review >
THE GOING TO BED BOOK by Sandra Boynton
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 7, 2011

"Peter Rabbit while styling itself perfectly to Boynton's whimsy. (Ipad board-book app. 1-3)"
Preserving the look of the classic board book—even to the trim size and rounded corners—this makeover folds new into old in such inventive ways that it may take more than a few passes to discover all the interactive features. Read full book review >
ALICE IN NEW YORK by Lewis Carroll
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 7, 2011

"A faithful—but not slavishly so—adaptation worthy of the Big Apple. (iPad storybook app. 5 & up)"
Even more ambitious than its predecessor, Alice for the iPad, a mash-up that could have gone terribly wrong finds its own magical charm. Read full book review >
GOOSED UP RHYMES HD by Brain Freeze Entertainment
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 4, 2011

"An animated and interactive introduction to Mother Goose that probably won't impress adults but will keep the preschool set happily engaged. (iPad nursery-rhyme app. 1-4)"
Eight Mother Goose rhymes as Hanna-Barbera would have animated them, complete with absurd asides, goofy voices, unsubtle illustrations and silly anachronisms. Read full book review >
SIMONE AND THE NIGHT'S MONSTERS by Graziano Vitale
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 4, 2011

"Well-worn premise, appealingly illustrated—but a nonstarter as an app. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
A miserly set of badly designed interactive effects sinks this tale of an intrepid lad doing nightly battle with a green monster, a giant spider and other bedtime foes. Read full book review >
COUNT BROCCULA by RipplBooks
developed by RipplBooks, by Neil Osborn, illustrated by Neil Osborn
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Apart from automated sound this version doesn't add much to its paper predecessor; let the diner beware. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
After being terrorized by fiendish vegetables, a young boy learns to eat his veggies before they eat him. Read full book review >
THE UNWANTED GUEST by Jacqueline O. Rogers
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Strongly atmospheric art and story-centered design give this a leg up over more gamelike apps, but wait for an update with better editing. (source note) (iPad storybook app. 7-11)"
Uneven synchronization of animations and voiceovers mar this retelling of a Yiddish tale about an old man driven out of his house when Poverty takes up residence. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >