SARILA by CarpeDiem Film & TV
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >