PENELOPE THE PURPLE PIRATE by Melissa Northway
IPAD BOOK APPS

"After even casual exposure to the plethora of better-designed, more feature-rich apps currently available, children will likely greet this effort with a (to quote Penelope) 'Yaaawwn.' (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Low (apparently) of budget and bland (certainly) of content, this digital tale follows a child on an imaginary voyage to an island where she and her companions dig up a treasure chest, take a few glittery souvenirs and sail home to bed. 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 >

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 >
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 >