iPad Book Apps (page 4)

WAKE UP MO! by StoryToys
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"A very well-balanced effort. Kids will want to help Mo and his critters wake up and go to sleep over and over again. (iPad storybook app. 1-5)"
This digital pop-up book for toddlers and preschoolers aims to help youngsters learn about daily routines. Read full book review >
GHOSTS by TerryLab
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Spooky as can be and superb for under-the-sheets perusal. Leave a light on, oh yes. (iPad folk-lore app. 8-12)"
A ghostly gallery steeped in flickering shadows, macabre visual detail, creepy transformations and nape-prickling sound effects. Read full book review >

GEOLOGY by Kids Discover
Released: Feb. 8, 2014

"Clear science writing, captivating visuals and excellent design—a winning combination. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad informational app. 9-12)"
With this app, Kids Discover continues to transform their print-magazine issues into multilayered informational experiences. Read full book review >
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
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 >

REX THE ROACH by Jeff Butterworth
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 >
CLOSE-KNIT by Julia Douglas
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 >
THE UNSTEALER by Joshua Wilson
Released: Jan. 9, 2014

"Everyone should have an UnStealer in the house. (iPad storybook app. 4-12)"
A spooky gentleman with a Salvador Dali mustache comes to clear away those pesky un's that frustrate, anger and rob us of our confidence. Read full book review >
YOU'RE THE DETECTIVE by Lawrence Treat
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Readers who take it slowly will find the 24 puzzles will provide a full measure of pleasure. (iPad mystery app. 8-12)"
Two dozen puzzles give a little jolt of accomplishment when solved. Read full book review >
ENZO FERRARI MUSEUM by Andrea Ciofi degli Atti
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"A pleasure for car buffs, especially those of the Formula 1 racing persuasion. (Requires iOS 6.1 and above.)"
A fly-on-the-wall—if not flying-down-the-track—virtual visit to one of Italian motordom's principal shrines. Read full book review >
ROLLING PEA by Ivan Sulima
illustrated by Ivan Sulima, developed by KievSeaPirates
Released: Dec. 22, 2013

"A thrill a minute, epic in scope but not length, and embellished with visual and digital delights. (thumbnail index) (iPad folk-tale app. 8-10)"
A rousingly violent Eastern European folk tale laced with heroic exploits and treachery, kitted out with intricate, richly detailed illustrations. Read full book review >
GARY'S PLACE by Rick Walton
Kirkus Star
by Rick Walton, illustrated by Will Terry, developed by Giggle Desk
Released: Dec. 19, 2013

"Prime real estate in iPad-app world: a simple story that's well-told, cleverly illustrated and efficiently supported by a little nugget of real discovery at the end. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Gary the gopher thinks his parents' hole is too crowded, so when they give him permission to dig an underground home of his own, terra firma presents no limits. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >