ABC.DC by Kristin Harris
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Though some of it may sail over the audience's heads, this shot at early art appreciation is certainly worth the chance. (iPad alphabet app. 4-8)"
Choice reproductions of artwork from the National Gallery of Art are matched with letters and words for some amusing, very simple interplay with readers. Read full book review >
I IMAGINE by Bizzibrains
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 31, 2014

"Thoughtful design features make this an inclusive story that will resonate with many young children. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Children will enjoy becoming the stars of this customizable story, creating different versions for repeated readings. Read full book review >

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Nosy Crow
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 30, 2014

"Readers will feel as clever and brave as Jack as they outwit and outrun the giant in this engaging, entertaining app. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
Nosy Crow's design cleverly weaves games and adventure into this favorite folk tale. Read full book review >
NOTIONS+ by 24 Notions LLC
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 29, 2014

"Those are notions we can use. A fascinating exercise in appropriately scaled multimedia and a pleasure (if, for consumers, sometimes a guilty one) to read."
A high-tech update of social-critical texts such as Subliminal Seduction and Amusing Ourselves to Death, addressing our penchant for self-pampering and its dire consequences. Read full book review >
THE WISHINGTOOTH STORYBOOK ADVENTURE by TRC Family Entertainment
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 23, 2014

"The complicated yet predictable storyline and the interactive experience are mostly disappointing. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
A story about the Tooth Fairy displays an animation aesthetic. Read full book review >

MEET HECKERTY by Jan Ziff
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"A good, entry-level app, gratifyingly easy if also easy to move beyond. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
An elemental story of a forgetful witch. Read full book review >
MOMMY HURRIES HOME by Kate Galitskaya
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 16, 2014

"There's a great app to be done about the imaginative ways a parent dresses up a story about the day, but this one doesn't arrive fully formed. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A rambling story of a parent's trip home. Read full book review >
CHLOE'S LITTLE SECRET by Marina Tito
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 16, 2014

"A bland take on a premise that Mercer Mayer has practically worn out single-handedly. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Unexceptional writing and low-wattage interactive effects send this tale of a girl and her closet monster to a back shelf. Read full book review >
BABY COMES HOME by Luna Moth LLC
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 15, 2014

"Unremarkable and uneven—steer clear. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
When a new baby arrives, Dudley misses special time spent fetching and playing ball with his family in this brief, predictable tale. Read full book review >
REX THE ROACH by Jeff Butterworth
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A polished showing with spare but well-integrated animated effects and several silly twists. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
In this simple interactive odyssey, a little robot cockroach learns to listen to his mum and to say "Please," after flushing himself down the toilet. Read full book review >
POUGHKEEPSIE by Debra Anastasia
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 12, 2014

"A clunky if shrewdly engineered tale with, for the most part, equally clunky added bells and whistles."
An indie epic of sex, crime and romance is bolstered—though not exactly improved—by photos, videos, quizzes and a recipe. Read full book review >
CLOSE-KNIT by Julia Douglas
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 12, 2014

"That said, Douglas and the engineers of this app have made Helmsdale seem a very attractive place indeed on which to pay a call. Watch for a spike in tourism—and, with luck, other apps like this celebrating local history and art."
Scottish artist Douglas finds a home—and a vast canvas—in the Highlands. Read full book review >