A PRESENT FOR MILO by Mike Austin
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 8, 2010

"Here's hoping the paper romp is as engaging as the digital one. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Like a Next Gen version of a lift-the-flap Spot story, this digital cat-and-mouse chase features very simple art, familiar settings and hidden surprises in every scene. Read full book review >
THE ULTIMATE DINO-PEDIA by Don Lessem
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 14, 2010

"Still, the outstanding art and the unmatched breadth of content move this to the head of the Dino-app pack. (iPad reference app. 7-11)"
Though not quite the dino-pedia to rule them all, this multimedia version of the already-terrific print edition of the same title will certainly set young dinophiles roaring. Read full book review >

IPAD BOOK APPS

"Even the page index, allowing readers to skip to a specific page, is presented as a series of connected, scrolling boxcars; it's a rolling train within the story of one determined little engine. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
Stranded toys on the tracks and the little blue train engine who saves them are presented in a solid mix of old and new in Penguin Group's "Official" app based on the classic story. Read full book review >
IPAD BOOK APPS

"It shows that even the best iPad app narration can't compete with a story told aloud by a child's favorite bedtime reader. (iPad storybook app. 18 mo.-6)"
An extremely short yet effective example of what the A Story Before Bed app can do, this retelling of the classic nursery rhyme succeeds or fails in large part based on the reader's own effort. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS: OCEANS by Joanna Cole
IPAD BOOK APPS

"The Frizz seems a natural for the medium, though, and this is a promising first adventure. (iPad informational app. 4-10)"
Ms. Frizzle, the adventurous science teacher who takes her students on memorable field trips, makes the leap to the iPad in an app that feels as crowded and full of activity as the ocean floor. Read full book review >

THE BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR by The Brothers Grimm
IPAD BOOK APPS

"The app is otherwise quite nice to look at and was clearly put together with careful attention to presentation and style; it's a shame the text doesn't read as if it was given the same amount of nurturing. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
The traditional story of the pint-sized tailor's apprentice who defeats "seven in one blow" (house flies, it turns out, not giants who are terrorizing his town) is attractively presented as part of the StoryChimes series of apps. Read full book review >
TACKY THE PENGUIN by Helen Lester
IPAD BOOK APPS

"Charming and oh-so-neatly put together. (iPad storybook app. 3-9)"
Tacky the Penguin wears loud shirts and sings horribly, a contrast to the perfect, preened members of his flock (who've got names like "Neatly" and "Perfect"). Read full book review >
SOCKPLANET—AN INTRODUCTION by JumpingLemon
IPAD BOOK APPS

"SockPlanet may turn out to be an interesting place to visit, but its first view from Earth shows it needs better knitting. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
The first in a proposed series about a world made from lost socks, this first entry feels less like a narrative and more like a sales brochure for a tale you'll want to skip. Read full book review >
ANDREW ANSWERS by Alan Katz
IPAD BOOK APPS

"Here's a word for Andrew if he's asked for another starting with W: Winner. (iPad storybook app. 5-10)"
Sharply written, with expressive animation that wouldn't be out of place on a Nickelodeon cartoon show, this app takes a simple joke and amusingly ups the stakes all the way to the White House. Read full book review >
KEZZA BEE FARM ADVENTURES by KEZDAM PTY LTD
IPAD BOOK APPS

"Whether that's a blessing or a curse will depend on how likable one finds Kezza bee. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
Some readers will finds the gigantic, anthropomorphized honeybee in this app adorable, while others will deem Kezza a grating buzz of cuteness. Read full book review >
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
IPAD BOOK APPS

"Save it for older kids, who will love seeing how the movable parts work. (iPad storybook app. 5-12)"
Thanks to a memorable marriage of impressive technology and seemingly hand-crafted storytelling, the well-worn piggy tale impresses at every page turn. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >