MAHATMA GANDHI INTERACTIVE BIOGRAPHY by Touchzing Media
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Released: Sept. 27, 2013

"Although it lacks a sense of passion, this app does a yeoman's job of bringing Gandhi and his philosophy into focus. (Biography. 12 & up)"
An earnest survey of the life and thoughts of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known to the world as Mahatma. Read full book review >
A TO SEA by Joshua Wilson
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Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"A picturesque tour of the ocean is sunk by uneven text. (iPad alphabet app. 4-8)"
Lovely artwork is marred by awkward text and poor narration. Read full book review >

BUT THAT WON'T WAKE ME UP! by Annie Pacaña-Lumbao
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Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"A good storybook app that could be great with a few tweaks. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
This bilingual app from the Philippines gets high marks for graphics and presentation, but minor navigational glitches and bland storytelling keep it from soaring. Read full book review >
PRESTO by Tapfuze
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Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Some neat ideas and good execution don't add up to a magical experience, and the fun—poof!—disappears before you know it. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad informational app. 5-10 or 80 & up)"
A magic-themed collection is, at its tricky heart, just a collection of four iPad technology demos. Read full book review >
SOMEONE STOLE MY BELLY BUTTON by Derek Yu
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Released: Sept. 23, 2013

"A bit rough around the edges, but any mention of "belly button" will reliably elicit gales of giggles from younger readers and listeners. (iPad storybook app. 4-6.)"
Considerably more polished of software design than art, story or orthography, this bilingual episode features a thoroughly cute ninja panda who discovers the peril of napping outdoors without covering up. Read full book review >

STEAMPUNK HOLMES by P. C. Martin
by P. C. Martin, illustrated by Daniel Cortes, developed by Noble Beast
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Released: Sept. 23, 2013

"Suspend disbelief, then, and try not to get too caught up in the gears of Watson's prosthetic superlimb. Say what? (Requires iOS 6 and above.)"
Mycroft Holmes as a superspy babe? Manta ray-like attack submarines in the Thames? This lively app makes such things seem just about right, even if they might give Conan Doyle pause. Read full book review >
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Released: Sept. 22, 2013

"Transitions aside, a smoothly designed diversion, with plenty of child appeal and definite vocabulary-building potential. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Light washes of natural science flavor this hypersweet tale of a polka-dot cuttlefish and friends at play on a coral reef. Read full book review >
THE ANIMALS OF MOSSY FOREST by Alexandra Ball
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Released: Sept. 21, 2013

"A serene and enjoyable way to hone fine-motor and observation skills. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 1-5)"
A simple yet solid seek-and-find for toddlers and preschoolers. Read full book review >
NIKO by Imaginism Studios
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Released: Sept. 20, 2013

"The writing doesn't quite measure up to the slick production and design, but it's a grand adventure for a diminutive hero nonetheless. (iPad storybook app. 9-11)"
A fierce young warrior with a magic sword takes on a volcano-dwelling bad guy in this hybrid film/digital comic book. Read full book review >
BLUE BERNARD by Nathalie Tousnakhoff
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Released: Sept. 19, 2013

The second in an app series called Colorful World, this follow-up to Zoe's Green Planet (2013) follows Bernard, who is "blue from head to toe" on an all-pink planet.

Bernard's blue family seems fine with the situation, living happily in a pink house and watching all-pink television, but Bernard is not. Read full book review >

AXEL SCHEFFLER'S FLIP FLAP FARM by Nosy Crow
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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). Read full book review >

JACKSON'S CHOICE by Joe Booth
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Released: Sept. 18, 2013

"An entertaining-enough thriller that is equally saturated with action and interaction."
With an international backdrop, this interactive adventure is a thrill ride determined to keep readers engaged—to the point where it needs to resort to occasionally nudging them in the "right" direction. Read full book review >