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 >
SCRUFFY KITTY by Michael Slack
Kirkus Star
by Michael Slack, illustrated by Michael Slack, developed by WingedChariot
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 15, 2010

"Toddlers will fall in love with Scruffy Kitten and this gently engaging app from Europe. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
This multilingual 17-page story-and-sticker app for the youngest readers charms. Read full book review >

THE BIRTHDAY by Sylvia van Ommen
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 17, 2010

"Readers in search of whizbang animation and action may be disappointed, but the youngest readers will find this a satisfying picture book delivered digitally. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
A sweet and simple app for toddlers. Read full book review >
A CRY WOLF TALE HD by Unicorn Labs
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
SHOULD WE GO? by Makemi Software
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Nov. 19, 2010

"Probably not. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
There's a nugget of a great idea—though not a terribly new one—in this app: a story tool that allows readers to pick characters, clothing, setting and mode of transportation. Read full book review >

THE 3 LITTLE PIGS by Coleco
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 16, 2010

"This reinvention will engage some readers, but it probably won't blow them away. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
Coleco presents its first app, a 15-page cartoon pop-up retelling of the familiar tale. Read full book review >
MR. BOSTON OFFICIAL MOBILE BARTENDER'S GUIDE by Anthony Giglio
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 6, 2010

"A solid, slightly stodgy workhorse of an app."
Everything you want to know about mixology in the palm of your hand. Read full book review >
HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING by Mark Bittman
FOOD & COOKING
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 >
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 >
FANCY NANCY AND THE LATE, LATE, LATE NIGHT by Jane O’Connor
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 27, 2010

"Besides the zoom and voice-over features, the app makes limited use of leveraging the iPad's platform, making it fall sadly short of fancy. (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
Captivated by a scrapbook of classic Hollywood stars, Fancy Nancy stays up late imagining herself a starlet donning a glamorous dress, posing for photographs and giving out autographs. Read full book review >
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE by Inkmation
IPAD BOOK APPS

"It ends with a survey asking for story suggestions and comments—perhaps these will yield other tales that are more successful as iPad apps. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
This initial offering by developer Inkmation is a Saturday-morning-cartoon-inflected retelling of Aesop's fable with minimal technical innovation. Read full book review >
GABBY & GATOR by James Burks
by James Burks, illustrated by James Burks, developed by Yen Press
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Regardless, on either paper or screen, young readers will enjoy following these unlikely partners as they help each other work through personal hang-ups while evading a Taser-wielding Animal Control officer. (iPad graphic-novel app. 6-8)"
A comical and cinematic tale centers on the budding friendship between a bullied young vegetarian and a carnivorous alligator with water issues (thanks to being flushed down a toilet when small). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >