THE FROG AND FISH STORYBOOK by Shawn Saacke Crawford
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 13, 2014

"A low-key alternative to Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross' Tadpole's Promise (2005) and other more true-to-nature takes on the theme. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
A sweet portrait of an interspecies friendship that survives major physical changes. Read full book review >
MAGNETISM AND ELECTRICITY by NCsoft
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 12, 2014

"Plenty of potential for shocking discoveries—even with close adult supervision. (iPad informational app. 10-13)"
Budding Edisons will get a buzz (literally, if they're not careful) from this hands-on introduction to magnets and electrical circuits. Read full book review >

VINCENT THE ANTEATER'S SPACE VOYAGE by Luis López
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 10, 2014

"This multilingual app offers appealing visuals and worthy subject matter, but its disjointed, oft-times heavy-handed approach keeps it from soaring. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
This tale about a space-traveling anteater aspires to educate kids about the environmental dangers of consumerism. Read full book review >
THE BRONFMAN HAGGADAH by Edgar Bronfman
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 9, 2014

"Families who are interested in a contemporary, inclusive, nontraditional approach to the holiday may find this version useful for sharing with older children before the holiday (and techies may actually use it at the holiday feast itself). (glossary)"
Imagine a Passover Seder with participants clutching tablets and listening to the Haggadah being read aloud by soothing male and female voices. Read full book review >
THE BOX & I by Sue Moring
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 6, 2014

"Ho-hum. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
It's a running joke with parents: Buy your kids expensive toys, and they'll end up playing with the box. Read full book review >

OCEAN by Fox & Sheep
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 6, 2014

"Less than ankle deep, informationwise, but all the color and movement should keep the Oshkosh set poking away for a while. (iPad informational app. 2-4)"
The focus is mainly on fun in three populous underwater scenes, but a few facts float past too. Read full book review >
SHERLOCK by Haab Entertainment
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 5, 2014

"A smartly designed treatment of Doyle's London that makes a short story feel full and novelistic. (Requires iOS 6.1 and above.)"
A classic Sherlock Holmes tale gets lavish interactive treatment, with opportunities for sleuthing for readers. Read full book review >
TOTALBOOK: CALL OF CTHULHU by H.P. Lovecraft
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 3, 2014

"Totally uninspired—a missed opportunity to explore H.P. Lovecraft in even greater depths of interactive madness. (Requires iOS 7 and above.)"
A disappointingly bland and feature-poor rendering of H.P. Lovecraft's classic short story about a great and terrible creature slumbering deep beneath the ocean floor. Read full book review >
THE MINIATURE POLAR BEAR by Rogue Software
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 3, 2014

"An amiable-enough story weighed down by a few misguided illustrations. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A boy finds the perfect pet hiding under his bed—trouble is, his mother just won't believe him. Read full book review >
UNDER THE SEA by Sam DenHartog
by Sam DenHartog, illustrated by Meta3dStudios, developed by EnsenaSoft
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 28, 2014

"Not a keeper. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad informational app. 6-8)"
A flashy, if superficial, gallery of ocean life. Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS ALPHABET by Julie Shaw Lutts
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 26, 2014

"Though it's not specifically aimed at children, even very young viewers will have fun watching all the hurlyburly. (iPad alphabet book. 4-6, adult)"
Stop-motion-style animation sends assemblages of clip art and found objects dancing across old dictionary pages in this hyperkinetic ABC. Read full book review >
SARILA by CarpeDiem Film & TV
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 26, 2014

"The story will appeal to young readers with its classic hero's-journey structure, but the app retelling is wordy, and the lack of interaction will likely leave them disenchanted. (iPad storybook app. 6-10)"
Animation? Check. Heroes and villains? Check. A new blockbuster? Not really. 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 >