TRON: LEGACY by Disney Publishing Worldwide
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"The entire app is purely ephemeral, of interest only to completist collectors of Tron-abilia. (iPad movie spinoff. 10-12, adult)"
This digital souvenir of the movie contains a fair amount of bells and whistles but provides little actual satisfaction. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >