Books by Ivrysis


Saddled with ugly, amateurish illustrations, tiny text, uninspired music and an ever-present toolbar at the bottom of the screen that looks like it came out of Windows 95, the app's inoffensive-at-best story fails on all fronts. The story of a tiny cloud that looks for help to make it rain on the hottest day of summer may be a victim of globalization. It features three languages, including Greek (its origin language) and Spanish, but the English version is clumsily paced and badly written, with an ending that makes little sense. Some pages are crammed with too much text, but at least that keeps the app from adding more pages and more jagged, off-putting drawings. There are no interactive features beyond the option of turning off sounds, text and narration and the ability for readers to swipe pages. Even the app's icon on the iPad home screen doesn't list the name of the story, only, "PadTales1," a reference to the publisher's series of apps. Perhaps the story is in hiding; it's not one worth flipping through, whether it's summer or any other season. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)Read full book review >