Books by PicPocket Books

I DON'T LIKE PINK by Brooks Jones
Released: April 25, 2011

"In all, Gabi's ferocity comes across as pretty limp. Pass. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
Gabi is excited to receive a surprise present from her grandmother, but, once unwrapped, the gift box reveals a pink T-shirt. (See title.) Read full book review >
Released: April 23, 2011

Despite multiple updates, this lightly enhanced version of an epic domestic Quest (print edition: 2005) still needs work. Read full book review >
SUNNY BUNNIES HD by Margie Blumberg

A bunny brother and sister go with their family to Piper Beach and spend the day splashing, building sand castles and flying kites. That night, back home, the bunnies relive their day in the sun on the living room floor as the bunny parents lie down, exhausted—an unnecessary story diversion in an otherwise quick read. Told in short rhyming stanzas ("Fling your flip-flops—Follow me!"), the app has minimal features, but it doesn't need many with such sharply written text. Narration in a child's voice is an option, as is word-highlighting. There are also short audio clips hidden throughout, which are activated by tapping on characters. The warm, earth-toned illustrations portray the stretch of a sunny day and its transition into purple-blue night. It's too bad, then, that the illustrations themselves appear fuzzy and jagged at the edges, a disappointment on the iPad's high-resolution screen. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)Read full book review >

Low (apparently) of budget and bland (certainly) of content, this digital tale follows a child on an imaginary voyage to an island where she and her companions dig up a treasure chest, take a few glittery souvenirs and sail home to bed. Her pals include a trio of animals with piratical disabilities: a dolphin with an eye patch, a turtle with a peg, er, flipper and an octopus with a hook on one of its tentacles. The art is utterly free of animation beyond occasional sparkles and features flat cartoon views of the fixedly smiling Penelope (and her animal shipmates) in static poses. The optional voice track, read by a child, is as wooden as the writing—which runs to lines like, "‘Let's just take a few goodies,' says Penelope ‘and leave the rest for the next adventurous pirate.'" The sparse assortment of less-than-exciting touch-activated sound effects range from sand being shoveled or a tiny splash to a very brief dolphin chirp and a cheery "Ahoy!" It's glitchy, too: When the word-highlighting feature is turned off, some of the text disappears even though it's still read aloud. Supplementary material includes review questions, activities and facts about octopi, sea turtles and dolphins. After even casual exposure to the plethora of better-designed, more feature-rich apps currently available, children will likely greet this effort with a (to quote Penelope) "Yaaawwn." (iPad storybook app. 5-7)Read full book review >