Books by Auryn Inc.

ON THE NIGHT YOU WERE BORN by Nancy Tillman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Nevertheless, it's a tasteful and loving adaptation; those who love the original book will find much to admire here. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
A digital adaptation of the New York Times best-seller. Read full book review >
ALPHABET ANIMALS by Suse MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2013

"Overall, a well-designed edition with extras that will appeal to diapered digerati. (iPad alphabet app. 1-3)"
Voicing, small-scale animations and a matching game suit MacDonald's 2008 abecedary to a T. Read full book review >
THE CHALK BOX STORY by Don Freeman
by Don Freeman, illustrated by Don Freeman, developed by Auryn Inc.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 2012

"A quick but satisfying experience for budding artists in or recently out of diapers. (iPad storybook app. 2-4)"
Color by color, a box of fingertip-controlled pastel crayons draw an island, a stranded lad, a passing ship and other details in this animated version of Freeman's 1976 exercise in creativity. Read full book review >
VAN GOGH AND THE SUNFLOWERS by Auryn Inc.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2011

"An exceptionally bright and beautiful masterpiece. (iPad storybook app. 6-12)"
A spectacular iPad adaptation of Anholt's children's book about van Gogh, his art and his friendship with a French family. Read full book review >
EDSEL MACFARLAN'S NEW CAR by Max Holechek
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 8, 2011

Automotively named Edsel McFarlan loves model cars and has a thrilling high-octane adventure when the toy of his dreams arrives in this visually zippy app that ultimately fails to kick into high gear on the interactive lane. Read full book review >
HARE AND TORTOISE by Aesop
by Aesop, adapted by Marmaduke Park, illustrated by Umesh Shukla, developed by Auryn Inc.
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2011

"Too quickly over, but an altogether engaging version of a classic bit of common literary currency. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
An arch 19th-century version of the fable, sans explicit moral, is paired to illustrations of silhouette figures flexed in lively ways by barred "Scanimation"-type screens. Read full book review >
HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES, AND TOES by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2011

"Appropriately for the audience, there's no story line or dazzling special effects—just a creatively imagined encounter with a song that has universal toddler appeal. More, please! (iPad storybook app. 1-3)"
This toddler app revolves around the children's song of the same name, the first in a planned suite by the illustrator of the now-classic My Very First Mother Goose. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE MERMAID by Hans Christian Andersen
Kirkus Star
by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger, translated by Anthea Bell, developed by Auryn Inc.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2011

Andersen's classic text is paired to Zwerger's elegant, subdued illustrations and animated with graceful restraint. At first glance, there doesn't seem to be much going on. A page of text appears, with a fish bobbing as if in a slight current at the bottom of the page. It looks as though it has been submerged, light shining through moving water between the iPad surface and the text. When readers advance to the next page, the fish swims across into an illustration as the narration continues. The background sounds are the ceaseless rushing of the ocean depths. Children who touch the screen to find an animation will discover that they can make ripples and splashing sounds while guiding a school of minnows about. This is exactly the right choice for this story. Many pages have several paragraphs (read aloud in a gentle, woman's voice), and the interaction engages readers tactilely, helping them to focus. As the action moves to the ocean's surface, the undersea gurgling is replaced by the wash of ripples, the soughing of the wind and creaking of ships. This being the original story, there is no happy ending: The little mermaid becomes a "daughter of the air," hoping to eventually win an immortal soul. Children accustomed to Disney blandness will find this quiet, subtle app a welcome introduction to a more sophisticated aesthetic. (iPad storybook app. 6-12)Read full book review >
TEDDY'S DAY by Bruno Hächler
Kirkus Star
by Bruno Hächler, illustrated by Birte Müller, developed by Auryn Inc.
CHILDREN'S

A little girl ponders the secret life of her stuffed bear and attempts to catch him in the act. Based on the 2004 children's book What Does My Teddy Bear Do All Day?, by Bruno Hächler and Birte Müller, the brief story is sweetly told and full of surprises. At first, the app seems to be a no-frills, basic narrative, with painterly illustrations and simple navigation (arrows at the top left and right to flip pages). With only minimal animation—leaves blowing in a breeze or eyes blinking—it's easy to miss the hidden features like a drawing tablet accessible by tapping on papers taped to a wall or the teddy bear's ability to flop left and right with a tilt of the iPad on the title screen. Where the original book relied on readers' ability to catch all the details presented on the page, this app takes advantage of the medium with these interactive touches to provide a full-blown picture of this teddy and his chums' secret life. By not calling attention to those features until a few seconds after the narration is read on each page, then highlighting where to touch, it rewards patient readers while still providing a cozy tale for those who want to speed through. Subtle, surprising and ultimately spectacular. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)Read full book review >