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 >
FIVE LITTLE SOMETHINS by Storyola
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 26, 2014

"Not much honey in this comb. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
A create-a-story app that attempts to combine literature, math and gaming. Read full book review >

YAKUT TALES by Sergey Khristoforov
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 23, 2014

"A delightful folk tale from a region that is not often represented in our literature. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad folk-tale app. 4-8)"
A fluid retelling of "Why Is the Tip of the Ermine's Tail Black," a pourquoi tale from the far northeastern reaches of Siberia. Read full book review >
A WHALE WHO DREAMT OF A SNAIL by William Heimbach
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 21, 2014

"A passage toward sweet dreams, with enough variety in the imagery for repeat visits. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
Heimbach presents a lullaby app with the hypnotizing look and feel of a mandala. Read full book review >
LITTLE WHO WHO by Foofoo
developed by Foofoo
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

"A well-intentioned story that could benefit from the old injunction to show, not tell. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A young owl wants to visit all his forest friends before he settles down to sleep. Read full book review >

LUCY GRACE by Julia Walton
by Julia Walton, illustrated by Mai Kemble, developed by Kayu Media
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Although the individual elements of this app work well, the story bangs children over the head with its message: Behave or else you'll turn into a spoiled brat. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
If only life were as simple as this. Read full book review >
THE BIG CARROT/DIE GROOT WORTEL by Ancri Swanepoel
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 16, 2014

"An intriguing approach to learning a foreign language but rough around the edges: possibly of greatest interest to students of sign languages. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad instructional/story app. 5-8)"
An instructional tool for learning South African Sign Language is built around a distant cousin of "The Great Big Enormous Turnip." Read full book review >
WORLD WAR ONE FOR KIDS by Abécédaire
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 15, 2014

"A worthy foray through the grim years of World War I—un-overwhelming in a good way. (iPad informational app. 8-12)"
This app takes a stab at introducing youngsters to the abomination of World War I. Read full book review >
THE MOUSE AND THE MEADOW by Chad Wallace
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"Complete with a wise old turtle and a motherly bunny, this is charming and accessible science for young naturalists. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
Follow an inquisitive little field mouse as he leaves the safety of his nest and explores the world outside for the first time. Read full book review >
WAKE UP MO! by StoryToys
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"A very well-balanced effort. Kids will want to help Mo and his critters wake up and go to sleep over and over again. (iPad storybook app. 1-5)"
This digital pop-up book for toddlers and preschoolers aims to help youngsters learn about daily routines. Read full book review >
MONSTERS VS. KITTENS by Dani Jones
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"The overall lack of action or a plotline hints that this may be intended more as a fill-in-the-blanks gag than a series of opportunities for story crafting, but there's still a lot of scope for invention. (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
A seemingly bland comparison of cute cartoon kittens and equally cuddly monsters offers customizing features that allow aspiring writers all the narrative freedom they might desire. Read full book review >
LOVE, THE APP by Lowell A. Siff
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 12, 2014

"Visually distinctive and emotionally atmospheric, but the perfunctory storyline limits its audience appeal. (iPad storybook app. 6-8, adult)"
Sophisticated animation and understated music complement a poignant if truncated tale first published in 1964. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >