HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING by Mark Bittman
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"An app that sets the standard for usefulness and versatility."
The iPhone, it turns out, is an ideal medium for cooking from recipes—or, perhaps, Culinate, the creators of this app, found an ideal source for iPhone cookery in New York Times food columnist Bittman's 1,046-page original. Read full book review >
TRON: LEGACY by Disney Publishing Worldwide
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"The entire app is purely ephemeral, of interest only to completist collectors of Tron-abilia. (iPad movie spinoff. 10-12, adult)"
This digital souvenir of the movie contains a fair amount of bells and whistles but provides little actual satisfaction. Read full book review >

MONKEY AND CROC by Will Terry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Although designed for the iPad, this playful text fails to take advantage of the platform, ultimately providing an only mildly amusing user experience. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
In this simple jungle tale done as an app, Monkey and Croc are both going about their individual daily routines—but, unbeknownst to Monkey, he is quite close to becoming Croc's next meal as their parallel routines dangerously converge. Read full book review >
A CRY WOLF TALE HD by Unicorn Labs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2011

"That's likely by design: Just as 'The End' appears, a banner invites readers to download another app, Rabbit & Turtle's Amazing Race, which features all the same animated animals. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A clever twist on the "Boy Who Cried Wolf" fable, this story of a prankster wolf who continually fools his friends with false sightings of a four-eyed, flea-ridden boy is pretty slick. Read full book review >
WILD ABOUT BOOKS by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 21, 2011

"Otherwise a seamless adaptation of a modern classic, inventively enhanced, hilarious, a joy to read—particularly aloud. (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
Still the best Dr. Seuss tribute ever, Sierra's rhymed 2004 tale of a librarian who gets all the animals in the zoo reading and writing is even funnier and more kinetic with digital flourishes. Read full book review >

HOW ROCKET LEARNED TO READ by Tad Hills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 21, 2011

"In this form, it's an even more heartwarming valentine to reading (and the teaching thereof) than the original printed version. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A digital version of a 2010 tree-book about a small dog set on the road to reading by a clever avian educator. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 20, 2011

"Apprentice work at best, definitely not ready for prime time. (iPad informational app. 6-8)"
Amateur production design and underwhelming interactive features only underscore the unusual superficiality of this planetary once-over. Read full book review >
UG by Patrick Buss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Too long, too slow, written in a prose idiom that is, at best, questionable. Ugh. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
Cave boy Ug run off rather than go school. He get lost, get big sad, turn over new leaf when reunited with Mamug and Papug. Read full book review >
THE GREEDY SQUIRREL by Zubadoo Media
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"A cute storybook app that has what it takes to entertain and enlighten. (iPad storybook app. 2-7)"
A gluttonous squirrel gets "outfoxed" and goes from having dinner to being dinner. Read full book review >
HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH AN ATOMIC BOMB by Peter Kuran
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 6, 2011

"It's a new age for nonfiction and this project brightly shows the way."
An in-depth look at an esoteric facet of a popular subject, namely the technological innovations necessary to photograph nuclear weapons tests. Read full book review >
ARCHIE AND THE MYSTERIOUS SPHERE by Johan Veldeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 24, 2010

"Skimpy and unpromising, with nowhere to go but up. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
Ant rides golf ball in this forgettable Belgian import. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 2010

"It's a beautiful little virtual book collection. (iPad storybook app. 4-12)"
Similar in style to the groundbreaking Alice for iPad, this collection of three stories ("The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Happy Family") retains the original (translated) texts and illustrations and adds a generous portion of gorgeous, well-integrated animations and eye-catching effects. 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 >