Books by Nosy Crow

LOIS LOOKS FOR BOB AT THE BEACH by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2019

"Another pleasant outing with Lois and Bob. (Board book. 1-3)"
Uncluttered illustrations in muted shades set a beachy tone for Lois and Bob's third outing. Read full book review >
FIRST WORDS by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2019

"A visually interesting but disorganized reader that features images from a museum with a problematic history. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
A vocabulary-building board book featuring artifacts from the collection of the British Museum. Read full book review >
LOIS LOOKS FOR BOB AT HOME by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 24, 2018

"Best for sharing one-on-one with little ones. (Board book. 1-4)"
Lois, a winsome kitty, looks for Bob, her unlikely bird companion, in this clever lift-the-flap board book. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS TREE by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Repetition and counting offer satisfying predictability that will keep young readers turning the sturdy pages. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The sweet, round-eyed bunny-and-mouse duo are back for a new adventure in this familiar series for the very young (The New Friend, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
FLIP FLAP OCEAN by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"New and pre-readers will flip. (Picture book/novelty. 3-5)"
Split pages allow young Dr. Moreaus to create new animals by mixing and matching the tops and bottoms of a dozen sea creatures. Read full book review >
COLORS by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2018

"A sweet addition to the ever expanding colors bookshelf. (Board book. 2-4)"
Two children enjoy the great outdoors surrounded by the many colors of nature. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"As a book, mildly satisfying; as a greeting card, rather expensive. (Board book. 3-5)"
A cheery board book that plays the familiar tune. Read full book review >
STOMP! STOMP! by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Dinosaur fans will happily engage, but true budding paleontologists will quickly grow out of it. (Board book. 2-3)"
Bright colors and dramatic scenes will attract young dinosaur lovers to this board book with shaped, oversized flaps that hide five popular dinosaurs. Read full book review >
PORTLY PIG by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"While the writing is not as whimsical as in predecessors Cuddly Cow and Higgly Hen (both 2017), the prospect of pushing buttons will make this a toddler crowd pleaser. (Board book. 1-3)"
Portly Pig is much too clean and searches for the perfect muddy pool. Read full book review >
THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An engaging take. (Board book. 2-3)"
The itsy bitsy spider scales the water spout again. Read full book review >
WHERE'S THE HEN? by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Playful, interactive reading fun for the youngest readers. (Board book. 6 mos-2)"
A lift-the-flap board book plays peekaboo with baby. Read full book review >
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A charming version of the classic song. (Board book. 1-3)"
"We wish you a merry Christmas!" sing the bundled-up fox, penguin, rabbit, and other anthropomorphic creatures. Read full book review >
HALLOWEEN ABC by Nosy Crow
by Nosy Crow, illustrated by Jannie Ho
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"While the ghoulies here are more cute than scary, 'jump,' 'quiver,' and 'run' will probably get across the idea to even the youngest listeners that Halloween can be scary. (Board book. 2-4)"
An abecedary of spooky or autumnal delights for the littlest readers. Read full book review >
SPOOKY HOUSE by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"An excellent read for little ones learning about the holiday as well as those who can't wait for Halloween to arrive. (Board book. 1-3)"
Bizzy Bear attends a Halloween party. Read full book review >
CUDDLY COW by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"The art and writing can stand on their own while the gimmick will likely distract anyone reading aloud even as it delights little ears and fingers. (Board book. 1-3)"
A cow named Cuddly searches for a quiet place to hit the hay in this book with barnyard sounds supplied in an embedded sound chip. Read full book review >
DO IT YOURSELF DAY by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

" Another sturdy entry in the Bizzy Bear collection. (Board book. 1-2)

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Bizzy Bear builds a treehouse. Read full book review >
BIG BUG LOG by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Good interactive fun for tots. (Board book. 3-6)"
"Bugsy Bug is going to see his grandma"—but is not sure how to get there. By following the clues, readers can help him find her. Read full book review >
CHEEP! CHEEP! by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A pleasant spring read for emerging speakers. (Board book. 1-2)"
Spring is in the air, and woodland critters are out to play. Read full book review >
HUSH-A-BYE BUNNY by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"Going through this everyday routine with Bunny may assist adults in putting their own little bunnies to bed. (Board book. 1-3)"
It's that time of the day when Bunny must put all the toys away, eat a delicious dinner of carrots, radishes, and greens, have a bath, put on pajamas, and cuddle up with a loving adult rabbit while they read a book together. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A fine birthday present for early readers. (Board book. 1-3)"
Newly liberated from copyright protection, the birthday song gets a board book. Read full book review >
ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An effective rendering of the classic tune. (Board book. 1-2)"
The classic tune rolls along in a sliding board book. Read full book review >
ROLY POLY LOOKS FOR SANTA CLAUS by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Not a timeless classic but a sturdy introduction to the holiday fun. (Board book. 1-3)"
Another board book designed to prime toddlers for Santa's annual appearance. Read full book review >
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 2016

"Excellent design and illustrations successfully turn a popular storybook app into an appealing picture book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Nosy Crow turns its outstanding Three Little Pigs fairy-tale app (2011) into a print book.Read full book review >
DEEP-SEA DIVER by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A fine read for any tot that loves adventure. (Board book. 1-3)"
Bizzy Bear travels under the sea. Read full book review >
THE WHEELS ON THE BUS by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A pleasant rendering of a classic song. (Board book. 1-3)"
Animals ride a bus through town. Read full book review >
JINGLE! JINGLE! by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An excellent Christmas read for the littlest ones, built to last. (Board book. 1-3)"
Christmastime is given a smart lift-the-flap treatment. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR SAFARI by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"This newest interactive outing will please Bizzy Bear's fans and win him some new pint-sized admirers to boot. (Board book. 1-3)"
Bizzy Bear and his bunny friend spend an exciting day in a dinosaur theme park. Read full book review >
HOOT! HOOT! by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An excellent read for babies beginning to develop their voices. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little ones learn to mimic the music of the night. Read full book review >
ARF! ARF! by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2015

"The soothing repetition, use of familiar animals and sounds, and peekaboo theme make this story selection and its companion good picks for the littlest listeners. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
With this new entry in the Can You Say It Too? series, the simple, lift-the-flap peekaboo fun continues. Read full book review >
KNIGHTS' CASTLE by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"The appealing topic combined with easy-to-operate pull tabs and sliders will make this a toddler favorite. (Board book. 2-3)"
Bizzy Bear learns what it's like to be a knight as he visits a castle to try his paw at jousting. Read full book review >
POOKIE POP PLAYS HIDE-AND-SEEK by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A happy book that should stand up to substantial toddler abuse. (Board book. 1-3)"
The familiar game played with sturdy pull tabs. Read full book review >
CUTIE PIE LOOKS FOR THE EASTER BUNNY by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"An upbeat, interactive offering sure to make an appearance in Easter baskets and storytimes come spring. (Board book. 1-3)"
In the latest Tiny Tabs offering, tots can pull and slide large tabs to help a chick named Cutie Pie as she searches high and low for the elusive Easter Bunny. Read full book review >
BIZZY BEAR'S BIG BUILDING BOOK by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"From the hammer on the cover that readers can 'swing' to the treehouse door little ones can open and close, the interactive elements steal the show. (Board book. 2-4)"
Bizzy Bear and his gang of helpful critter friends build a treehouse together, while readers operate various tools. Read full book review >
GROWL! GROWL! by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"With this expansion of the Can You Say it, Too? series, Braun and Nosy Crow prove they've hit upon a winning formula. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
In this simple, inviting and sturdy lift-the-flap title, wild animals enjoy several rounds of peekaboo with readers. Read full book review >
MOO! MOO! by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"The very simple text, easy-to-manage lift-the-flap fun, and the focus on farm animals and their sounds make this chunky offering a solid choice for babies and toddlers. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
In this refreshingly simple lift-the-flap offering, friendly animals play hide-and-seek all around the farm. Read full book review >
TEENY WEENY LOOKS FOR HIS MOMMY by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"The simple lost-and-found storyline, cheery illustrations and easy-to-manipulate tabs will make this interactive title a tot favorite. (Board book. 1-3)"
This engaging, interactive offering features Teeny Weeny, an adorable little mouse in search of his mother. Read full book review >
FLIP FLAP FARM by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Bold colors, phonetically zippy rhymes, sturdy book construction and countless creature combinations are a winning formula for beginning readers and storytimers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"What crazy creatures will you meet today?" Read full book review >
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2014

"Readers will feel as clever and brave as Jack as they outwit and outrun the giant in this engaging, entertaining app. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
Nosy Crow's design cleverly weaves games and adventure into this favorite folk tale. Read full book review >
AXEL SCHEFFLER'S FLIP FLAP FARM by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2013

A silly introduction to sounds and rhyme.

This quadruple-screen "flip book" with 121 possible combinations uses the first letter or phonetic sound of an animal's top half combined with the name of a different animal's bottom half to create such creatures as a "purkey" (a pig/turkey—a greedy animal that can't fly, of course) or a "dicken" (a dog/chicken, which herds the other animals and is great at laying eggs). As readers slide either half from side to side, they create new creatures and also new rhyming descriptions, with one quatrain for each half. In this way, the app explores phonetic sound as well as rhyme, with highlighted words to assist emergent readers. Subtle background music never interferes with the narration, and each poem is engagingly read by child actors with British accents—details users have come to expect with Nosy Crow creations. With the exception of the "For Grown-ups" button, which is purposely difficult to open, all of the interactions are quick and responsive. Page flips are quite easy, but young readers must wait for the poems to finish being read before they are able to tap the animals for sound. At that point, both animal halves can be tapped simultaneously, combining their noises and making for some pretty silly fun that will appeal broadly.

Scheffler's bright, colorful illustrations combine with wordplay for a winner. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)Read full book review >
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2013

A retelling of the familiar fairy tale, Nosy Crow's newest app has the appearance of a graphic novel and offers a fresh new twist in the storyline.

Portrayed as brave and capable, Red Riding Hood heads through the forest, where readers help her navigate forks and the path. Each path leads to a different game and subsequent variation in the story. Instead of simply being distractions embedded in the app, each game is integral to the story and encourages readers to carry on through to the end, where the various items gathered prove useful in dispatching the wolf. Interactions are smooth and infused with humor. The 3-D effect and zoom capability add depth to the illustrations, and a map is provided as a shortcut to the games. Game features include tilting to pour honey and to move a spider around a maze, blowing seeds from a dandelion, readers' own reflections in a pool and many touch-screen games. The characters, narrated superbly by child actors, speak to each other when tapped. Unfortunately, conversations get a bit out of whack if not tapped in the correct order, but eventually, all becomes clear. In "Read and Play" mode, words are highlighted as they are read out loud, and blue dots blink to help readers find interactions on each page.

Well-crafted and fun to read, this is an empowered "Red Riding Hood" not to miss. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)Read full book review >
PARKER PENGUIN by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 2012

"Gender issues aside, this app is definitely worth the price of admission. (iPad informational app. 2-6)"
The second installment in Nosy Crow's educational Rounds series. Read full book review >
FARM by Axel Scheffler
by Axel Scheffler, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, developed by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2012

"If Old MacDonald had an iPad, this might be his favorite book. (iPad storybook app. 6 mos.-3)"
A winning interactive farm adventure that's sure to appeal to babies and toddlers. Read full book review >
FRANKLIN FROG by Emma Tranter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2012

"A winner. (iPad informational app. 2-5)"
Three generations of frogs demonstrate the circle of life. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2012

"Like the board book it is based on (Bizzy Bear, Let's Go to Work! 2012), this app has only a few pages, but each one is packed with features that encourage budding builders to linger as long as they like. (iPad storybook app. 6 mos.-3)"
Kids who love trucks and construction will identify with Bizzy as he dons his hard hat and "helps" the crew build a house. Read full book review >
NOODLE LOVES THE BEACH by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Obvious rhyming pairings (peach, beach) may not thrill, but familiar behaviors and solid tactile features make for a fairly enjoyable destination. (Board book. 3 mos.-2)"
Noodle's five senses explore the seashore in this touch-and-feel outing. Read full book review >
BIZZY BEAR ON THE FARM by Benji Davies
illustrated by Benji Davies, developed by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 14, 2011

"Plenty of solid visual and tactile stimulation for little would-be farmers. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A bear visits Sunny Farm to help with the chores, but he's pretty helpless without assistance from the toddlers and preschoolers who are "reading" the story. Read full book review >
CINDERELLA by Edward Bryan
Kirkus Star
illustrated by Edward Bryan, developed by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A magical masterpiece that hits the technological and artistic bull's-eye. (iPad storybook app. 3-8) "
An enchanting and highly entertaining take on the classic fairy tale. Read full book review >
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Nosy Crow
Kirkus Star
by Nosy Crow, illustrated by Ed Bryan, developed by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2011

This, the umpteenth app based on the familiar tale, rises far above most of its brethren. In this cheery, abbreviated version, all three pigs survive—and so does the wolf, who falls into a pot of boiling water but then rockets back up the chimney and runs off howling. The brightly colored, flat, cartoon-style piglets and their unkempt pursuer (the latter driving a delivery van) float through a sunny woodland setting, paced by narrative lines and side comments written in British idiom. "I only want to come in for a chat," wheedles the wolf; "I'm puffed," puns a running piglet. Both dialogue and narrative themselves float over sprightly background music. Though both the animation and the transitions are sometimes stiff, each scene offers a healthy dose of hidden animals, figures that can be flipped or moved back and forth, variable dialogue, changeable angles of view and other features. These are activated by touches, swipes, tilting the tablet and even blowing on the screen (readers can help the wolf huff and puff). A cast of British children reads the basic narrative and the touch-activated dialogue with great expression. Opening with buttons to select a silent text, an interactive "Read and Play" option or a slightly less feature-rich rendition that advances on its own for group showings, this engaging and versatile app is equally suited to single or collective viewing. It amply shows that this old dog—er, pig—can still learn new tricks. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)Read full book review >