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 >
DINOSAURS ACROSS AMERICA by Phil Yeh
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 28, 2011

"Thin fare for either active or armchair tourists. (iPad nonfiction app. 7-11)"
A low-budget menu of special features and sound effects does nothing to improve a superficial tour of the states originally published in 2007. Read full book review >

ESSENTIAL RED RIDING HOOD by Robot Stampede
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 28, 2011

"Not definitive, but evocative and reasonably well designed. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
A (somewhat) kinder, gentler Red Riding Hood with digitally enhanced, atmospheric old illustrations. Read full book review >
THE PENELOPE ROSE HD by Mobad Games
IPAD BOOK APPS
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.
IPAD BOOK APPS
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
IPAD BOOK APPS
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
IPAD BOOK APPS
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
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Nosy Crow
Kirkus Star
by Nosy Crow, illustrated by Ed Bryan, developed by Nosy Crow
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
AROUND THE WORLD WITH LILUP by Ben Hecht
IPAD BOOK APPS
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
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
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
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >