COUNT BROCCULA by RipplBooks
developed by RipplBooks, by Neil Osborn, illustrated by Neil Osborn
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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 >

BAD WOLF by Label1
developed by Label1
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 28, 2011

"The audience for this app is probably college students looking for additions to their 'bad English' collections, but will they pay $4.99 for it? (iPad storybook app. 10 & up)"
A "cool" cartoon version of "Little Red Riding Hood" challenges both the traditional perspective and readers' tolerance for imperfect English. Read full book review >
THE PENELOPE ROSE HD by Mobad Games
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2011

"Definitely ambitious but a bit clunky in the end. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
A good-looking but thin tale about a fairy who gives all the roses their colors. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE MERMAID by Hans Christian Andersen
Kirkus Star
by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger, translated by Anthea Bell, developed by Auryn Inc.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2011

"Children accustomed to Disney blandness will find this quiet, subtle app a welcome introduction to a more sophisticated aesthetic. (iPad storybook app. 6-12)"
Andersen's classic text is paired to Zwerger's elegant, subdued illustrations and animated with graceful restraint. Read full book review >

SHADOW RANCH by Carolyn Keene
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2011

"A repackaging, by and large, but rich in features and close enough to the originals to preserve their attractions. (iPad mystery/game. 9-11)"
A text-centered but gamer-friendly e-version of one of Nancy Drew's more popular cases. Read full book review >
VIOLET AND THE MYSTERY NEXT DOOR by Allison Keeme
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2011

"All enhance the overall air of high good humor. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
A relatively small number of animations and interactive effects embellish an engaging, sometimes laugh-out-loud detective story. Read full book review >
JEREMY FISHER by Beatrix Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2011

"High production values and a story-centered design give this a leg up over flashier, more game-like e-books. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Potter's tale of a hapless frog who sets out to catch a minnow for dinner and almost ends up being dinner himself gets several useful extras in this unabridged app. It also receives a design upgrade that increases the original's cramped trim size and eliminates its blank pages while pairing text and pictures more closely together. Read full book review >
AROUND THE WORLD WITH LILUP by Ben Hecht
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2011

"A good-humored if bland adventure made slightly spicy through interactive add-ons—if readers can find them. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Soothing music accompanies Lilup, the friendly, white Great Pyrenees dog as he effortlessly floats above the Earth and under the sea, stopping on several continents to befriend local animals. Read full book review >
NICKELBY SWIFT, KITTEN CATASTROPHE by Ben Hecht
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2011

"'Awww's for the cute kitten: 'ugh's for the slow and frustrating app. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
A riff on the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" offers readers an eccentric inventor, a kitten and a handful of pallid interactive features. Read full book review >
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Nosy Crow
Kirkus Star
by Nosy Crow, illustrated by Ed Bryan, developed by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2011

"It amply shows that this old dog—er, pig—can still learn new tricks. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
This, the umpteenth app based on the familiar tale, rises far above most of its brethren. Read full book review >
PILLARS OF THE EARTH by Ken Follett
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"Says Tom of the cathedral he plans to build, it's 'simple, inexpensive, graceful and perfectly proportioned.' This app really isn't any of those things, though Follett fans may find it a source of wonder. Now, a mash-up with the text and David Macaulay's book Cathedral (1973)—there would be a thing to behold."
Follett's 1,000-plus-page blockbuster, originally published in 1989, morphs into a sprawling (1.6 GB) iPad app, complete with text, videos and sound. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >