THE BLACK DEATH by Peter Britton
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 8, 2013

"A dispensable supplement to the nondigital likes of James Cross Giblin's When Plague Strikes (1995), superficial of content and, by current standards, feature-poor. (iPad informational app. 9-11)"
A mobile version of a much more expensive online visual aid that maps the spread of the 14th-century pandemic. Read full book review >
CHUG PATROL by StoryToys
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 7, 2013

"Those unfamiliar with the video series might want to begin there for the Chuggington back story, but as is, this entertaining train ride is worth the ticket. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Train-obsessed preschoolers become rescue-patrol trainees in this engaging pop-up adventure. Read full book review >

PERFECT COFFEE AT HOME by Michael Haft
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Altogether, an excellent production. The downside: You'll likely be investing in a burr grinder and industrial-strength Moka pot, as well as relearning the metric system. The upside: Your coffee henceforth is going to be worthy of a world-class barista."
Think you make a good cup of joe? This delightful e-book might have you rethinking your answer—or at least dropping some money on some new gear. Read full book review >
BLACK CAT ROBIN ROLLING ROLLING by Yoshiichi Miyazaki
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 31, 2013

"Robin is definitely a cat with character, but this minimalist opener is more like a sampler than a developed story. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Translated from a Japanese original, this terse but cozy episode features a bored cat, marbles and other rollable items, then a scary thunderstorm and a pair of comforting arms. Read full book review >
FANCY HAT by Sylvia Majcher
by Sylvia Majcher, illustrated by Andrew West, developed by The Sequence Group
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 24, 2013

"This gloomy girl's transformation to happy camper is worth embracing, silent or not. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
A young girl finds she can be happy without her newfound token of joy in an app that favors striking visuals over sound design or needless frills. Read full book review >

HEX BOYFRIENDS by Lacy Wilson
by Lacy Wilson, illustrated by Ash Beevers, developed by Tin Man Games
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 21, 2013

"A great mix of black magic, hot boyfriends and bloodthirsty beasts makes this interactive app an addicting read. (iPad game app. 14-18)"
An electronic choose-your-own adventure story with multiple dark twists and turns that will hook readers as they attempt to avoid being eaten. Read full book review >
3 WISE QUEENS by James Allen
by James Allen, illustrated by András Barlogh, developed by James Allen
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 21, 2013

"Reverent for all its gently tweaked premise but careless with cultural markers. (iPad holiday app. 6-9)"
In this deceptively solemn retelling of the Epiphany, the three kings not only travel with their wives to Bethlehem, but defer to their sensible suggestions for gifts. Read full book review >
EVERLOVE by Silicon Sisters
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 21, 2013

"Occasional passionate snogging aside, all the physical action's offstage in this touchy-feely outing. (iPad game app. 14 & up)"
In this elaborately plotted-out interactive adventure, "past life regression therapy" sends a modern teenager back several centuries to collect hunky guys while getting in touch with her inner self. Read full book review >
THE MUD MONSTER by Chantal Bourgonje
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"A story that is as happy as a clam at high tide. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A fanciful, almost dreamy little story featuring a turtle, a goose, a rabbit and—who would want it otherwise?—a monster. Read full book review >
THE ASTEROID by Bruno Cataldo
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Integrating games and narrative has potential, but shouldn't saving humanity demand something more gripping than working a Sudoku? (Requires iOS 6.0 & up.) (iPad science-fiction app. 10-16)"
A young man is determined to save Earth from an alien invasion—with a few breaks for video games. Read full book review >
COWZAT by Bruce Atherton
by Bruce Atherton, illustrated by Ben Redlich, developed by Colour Me Interactive
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 17, 2013

"Udderly engaging, if an innings short of a finished match. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Melodramatic Aussie narration and broadly comical art milk this tale of cricket's origins Down Under for all it's worth. Read full book review >
FOOTBALL FAUST by Paul Tuma
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 16, 2013

"The fate of the world may hang in the balance, but this app's ho-hum prose makes it hard to feel concerned."
A soccer star becomes a would-be international savior while a disaffected teen endures some drama of his own. Read full book review >