iPad Book Apps (page 10)

Released: Dec. 8, 2010

"Here's hoping the paper romp is as engaging as the digital one. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Like a Next Gen version of a lift-the-flap Spot story, this digital cat-and-mouse chase features very simple art, familiar settings and hidden surprises in every scene. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 23, 2010

"It's a beautiful little virtual book collection. (iPad storybook app. 4-12)"
Similar in style to the groundbreaking Alice for iPad, this collection of three stories ("The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Happy Family") retains the original (translated) texts and illustrations and adds a generous portion of gorgeous, well-integrated animations and eye-catching effects. Read full book review >


"Save it for older kids, who will love seeing how the movable parts work. (iPad storybook app. 5-12)"
Thanks to a memorable marriage of impressive technology and seemingly hand-crafted storytelling, the well-worn piggy tale impresses at every page turn. Read full book review >
COZMO'S DAY OFF by Ayars Animation

"Few story apps are as ambitious, as eye-catching or as playful as Cozmo's. (iPad storybook app. 4-12)"
Clearly produced and filled with Hollywood-quality animation, voice talent and multimedia features, this retro-futurist app is out of this world in many ways. Read full book review >

"Truly an app that grows beyond expectations. (iPad storybook app. 3-10)"
Taking a page out of the Disney playbook (give or take 30 pages), this version of the Jack-versus-Giant tale doesn't offer sparkling prose. Read full book review >


"The pages work just as effectively when viewed upside-down, a good reason for repeated readings. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
For readers still unconvinced that the features of the iPad can translate printed children's books into full-blown multimedia experiences, this one will change your point of view. Read full book review >
TEDDY'S DAY by Bruno Hächler
Kirkus Star
by Bruno Hächler, illustrated by Birte Müller, developed by Auryn Inc.

"Subtle, surprising and ultimately spectacular. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A little girl ponders the secret life of her stuffed bear and attempts to catch him in the act. Read full book review >

"Elegant, easy to navigate and beautiful, it combines the best of print and digital. (iPad storybook app. 2 & up)"
Startling in its mix of digital and traditional book design, Loud Crow Interactive's first iPad book app translates the text and illustrations of the Beatrix Potter classic into electronic pages that appear to live and breathe beneath readers' fingertips. Read full book review >
GREEN EGGS & HAM by Dr. Seuss
Kirkus Star
by Dr. Seuss, illustrated by Dr. Seuss, developed by Oceanhouse Media

"While navigation is wisely kept out of the way outside of the main menu, the only way to restart the book or access any options in Auto Play mode is, regrettably, to quit the app entirely using the iPad's Home button. (iPad storybook app. 2-8)"
Some stories never grow old. Read full book review >

"It's remarkably different in look, tone and structure from most story apps, a true original in an App Store filled with cartoon tie-ins, princess programming and retrofitted children's classics. (iPad storybook/puzzle app. 4-10)"
Bartleby is a lover of buttons, switches, knobs and dials, and the first volume of his iPad adventures details his trip to Mystery Island. Read full book review >
ALICE FOR THE iPAD by Lewis Carroll

"The interactive bits may seem like overkill, but the cohesive, thrilling design in some parts and restraint in other areas (eschewing narration, for instance, in favor of a text-only approach) makes it a powerful demonstration of the iPad's storytelling potential. (iPad storybook app. 5 & up)"
An old classic made new sacrifices nothing in adaptation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >