WILD FABLES by Aesop
by Aesop, developed by Razeware LLC
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 24, 2011

"It's an admirable effort with more tales promised for future release; the whole thing could stand to be a little wilder, though. (iPad storybook app. 2-7)"
A small but growing set of Aesop's fables are collected in this app and given a too-literal, but serviceable reworking. Read full book review >
THE DEEP BLUE KINGDOM by Imaginatronics LLC
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 21, 2011

"Decent-quality video embedded in an anemic app. (iPad nonfiction app. 6-8)"
Amateur writing and low-rent design sink this quick video visit to the ocean's upper reaches. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >