Dynamic, motion-filled pages and a hip, retro visual style make for a fabulous ride.
Hank's a lucky kid by most any definition; his family gets around on carnival rides like carousel horses, rocket ships, a log-flume vessel and the titular roller coaster car his dad drives. But his constant pleas to take the wheel (or reins) are met with equally constant rejections... until Hank gets a welcome surprise that allows him to make his own amusement-park path. The pages of the story are buoyed by distinctive illustrations that wouldn't be out of place in an entertainment magazine and typography that spins, pops out and bumps up against characters in clever ways. But the real meat of the app is the zippy way that the characters and their horses, teacups and coaster cars bound across the page (and over it, under it, around it). Simple screen taps activate nearly all the motions, making it accessible to young readers, while its sophisticated look and clever writing ("Someday isn't even a real day!") make it appealing for older kids.Hank's family is a blast, and so is this extremely well-designed app. (iPad storybook app. 3-10)