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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >