iPad Book Apps

Forbidden Fruit by Gail Pellett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"An often engaging story of a Chinese journey that's worth telling."
A Canadian-born radical leftist and freelance broadcast journalist offers a debut memoir of her year in Communist China, where she edited English-language propaganda for Radio Beijing. Read full book review >
THE HYSTERY APP by V T Davy
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Could use more wonder but otherwise an impressively conceived story with true weight."
A lesbian couple accidentally creates an extremely unique app in Davy's (A Very Civil Wedding, 2014, etc.) darkly satirical sci-fi novel. Read full book review >

NAAILDE THE WITCH by Giada Devuno
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A healthy spoonful of creepiness softened by the charming weakness of the characters. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A self-important witch who haunts a small village gets her comeuppance—and her revenge, too. Read full book review >
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Wonderfully cinematic and surreal for readers willing to go with Alvin's flow. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
Alvin rides his old mower to visit his brother, taking a slow journey across a beautiful landscape and enjoying the ride. Read full book review >
MY VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by StoryToys
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"An irresistible invitation to free play with one of Carle's signature characters (plus cameos from some others). (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad activity app. 1-3)"
Caterpillar gets an extended play space in this bright, minimalist, seemingly artless app. Read full book review >

THE BUTTERFLY BOOK by Marine Locatelli
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Despite a few problems, Paolo's story is presented dynamically enough to keep even non-Francophile readers engaged. (iPad storybook app. 5-10)"
A boy's loneliness in a new home is cured in unexpected ways when writings of his get loose in this ode to passionate young writers. Read full book review >
TRAIL, MARTIM IS A STRONG BOY by ativgreen
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 26, 2014

"Delightful at every turn. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A young boy goes for a ride on his bike, exploring the world around him in this simple but engaging interactive story. Read full book review >
KALLEY'S MACHINE PLUS CATS by Jon Alexander
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"Poignant ending notwithstanding, terrific fun for the Oshkosh set, with opportunities aplenty to practice motor skills, make choices and observe cause and effect. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A child's scheme to keep her commuting dad home inspires a polyfunctional machine festooned with dials, switches, levers, buttons and other controls—not to mention cats. Read full book review >
THE FOUR SEASONS by Infinite Fermata LLC
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 24, 2014

"Bobbles aside, this Vivaldi primer is still worth the change. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
An interactive storybook introduces a much-beloved classical music score. Read full book review >
FIONA & THE FOG by William Poor
by William Poor, illustrated by William Poor, developed by William Poor
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 3, 2014

"The view is lovely, but it is Fiona's Homeric voyage through the city that will find readers charged with their own wanderlust. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A blend of photos and animated elements showcases Poor's story of a girl pursuing a windblown scarf, much as a boy did a red balloon, and experiencing a great city in the process. Read full book review >
HAT MONKEY by Chris Haughton
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 28, 2014

"A fine addition to any toddler's virtual shelf, next to the likes of Lazy Larry Lizard (2011) and Sandra Boynton's e-board books. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad toddler app. 1-3)"
Simple art, bright colors, and a loose-jointed, tap-responsive monkey swathed in oversized knitwear give this app particular appeal for digi-tots. Read full book review >
PICASSO by Museum of Modern Art
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 28, 2014

"Though perhaps too much for newcomers to the path-breaking artist, handsome and authoritative for those beyond introductions."
A scholarly but accessible survey of prominent pieces from the heart of Pablo Picasso's (1881-1973) cubist period, rich in opportunities for visual deep dives. 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 >