Books by Game Collage LLC

Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A (literally) illuminating survey, with exemplary choice and use of digital enhancements. (iPad informational app. 7-10)"
It's science! Presented with plenty of buoyant, eye-catching graphics and cleverly designed interactive fun. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 23, 2010

Similar in style to the groundbreaking Alice for iPad, this collection of three stories ("The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Happy Family") retains the original (translated) texts and illustrations and adds a generous portion of gorgeous, well-integrated animations and eye-catching effects. Helpfully, the list of stories tells readers what to expect in terms of length ("Mermaid" is long, "Clothes" is medium-length and "Family" is short). The stories share similar typography (ornate drop caps and page-turn icons), but each one has its own set of appropriate interactive pages. In "Mermaid," fish can be prodded along with taps while flora can be made to sway realistically in the virtual ocean water. Shooting stars and fireworks light up the night sky above. The fabric in "Clothes" can be pulled from a spool on one page; on another, needle and thread can be manipulated. But the kissing snails, falling raindrops and realistic scurrying ants in "Happy Family" may be the most effective. The stories lack voiced narration but are rich with sound effects. There's no crime in being inspired by one of the best iPad storybook apps; this collection stands on its own with the sheer number of things it does right, even in comparison to Alice. It's a beautiful little virtual book collection. (iPad storybook app. 4-12)Read full book review >

Thanks to a memorable marriage of impressive technology and seemingly hand-crafted storytelling, the well-worn piggy tale impresses at every page turn. Using an extremely wide range of tricks, from line drawings and interactive full-color illustrations to objects seemingly held up and drawn back into place by pieces of colored yarn, the app nearly overreaches in its ambition but pulls back just enough to succeed admirably. Movable tabs similar to those in traditional pop-up books pivot characters and create action within Brooke's classic 1904 illustrations. But the real showstopper is a unique X-ray feature. Present on most pages that have interactive elements, clicking the X-ray-glasses icon reveals the hidden springs, levers and pulleys that would seemingly cause the movement on the screen. It's a surprising, extremely effective extra that coexists nicely with the well-paced text and an interface that utilizes realistic-looking buttons (the kind held onto clothing with thread). If there's one thing to squeal about amid such nice design work, it's that the first two pigs and the wolf meet grisly ends that are typically toned down in some modern versions of the story. Save it for older kids, who will love seeing how the movable parts work. (iPad storybook app. 5-12)Read full book review >