LAND OF MISLAID by Lisa Boersen
by Lisa Boersen, illustrated by Jort van der Jagt, developed by YipYip
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 20, 2013

"In the end, Hannah gives in to her grandfather's elaborate, made-up story and accepts the licorice. Perhaps she was just tired of hearing his drawn-out story. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
A missing peppermint sends a young girl and her grandfather on a journey to where missing things go in a strikingly illustrated but too-thin story. Read full book review >
THE SIGN OF FOUR by Arthur Conan Doyle
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 19, 2013

"The app has some visual appeal and usefulness to newcomers to Holmes, but it shouldn't be confused for a serious critical edition. (Requires iOS 6 and above.)"
A Sherlock Holmes classic is supplemented with essays and addenda. Read full book review >

WHAT'S THAT FUNNY NOISE? by Tribal Nova
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Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"A cacophony of educational inspiration, this "Noise" is anything but. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A bedtime app gives new readers and their parents a big language boost. Read full book review >
MR. ELEPHANT AND MR. MOUSE by Glenn Melenhorst
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Released: Dec. 14, 2013

"It's a charmer of a story that could be improved with just a little more production work. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
Two animals unhappy with their names make a swap in a whimsical, visually polished app with just a few needed features missing. Read full book review >
BANG! SAID THE PEAR by Dmitry Savin
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Released: Dec. 14, 2013

"The stories are well-written and short enough to be easily digested, but the vivid, adventurous images are what will linger in the mind. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 6-13)"
An evocative set of 16 illustrated, one-page vignettes is pleasantly surreal. Read full book review >

BOOGER TOWN by Tatyana Mironova
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Released: Dec. 14, 2013

"It's snot hard to deduce the true audience for this. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Aimed (not too well) at young sleuths, this is a double mystery covered in gallons of bright green goo. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN MEOW by Lauren F.  Levine
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Released: Dec. 14, 2013

"The best part is the animals and their weird new calls. It's a good thing those are not given short shrift in favor of 3-D or any other feature. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
A brother and sister investigate a case of barnyard animals making nonsensical sounds in a lively if needlessly active app. Read full book review >
THE THREE BEARS AND GOLDILOCKS by Vincenzo Pignatelli
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 13, 2013

"Stereotypical Native American images ruin this otherwise pleasant adaptation; should the developer take advantage of the flexibility of the medium to correct them, it will be a keeper. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
The infamous golden-haired mischief-maker is dressed up as a Native American in an appalling miscalculation that makes this potentially charming storybook app utterly missable. Read full book review >
STEPHEN HAWKING'S SNAPSHOTS OF THE UNIVERSE by Random House Digital
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Released: Dec. 12, 2013

"An able presentation, much enhanced by high-quality digital content. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad nonfiction app. 11-14)"
A moderately challenging survey of selected physical principles and astronomical phenomena, conveyed through "experiments" that are actually ingeniously designed interactive games and demonstrations. Read full book review >
MONSTER CIRCUS by Kristina Valenzuela
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Released: Dec. 12, 2013

"Despite a few minor technical glitches, this monster circus is worth the ticket price. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
More activity app than storybook, the spectacle under this big top is left up to a monstrous crew. Read full book review >
FINNLEY'S STORY by Alexa Kril
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 11, 2013

"A contemporary piece of ancientness, suitable to be passed around the campfire or the bedside. (iPad storybook app. 5-10)"
In what feels like a diminutive creation tale of old, young psychopomp Finnley finds himself ushering in a whole new star. Read full book review >
SABER-TOOTH TRAP by Dawn Bentley
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Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"This straightforward app will appeal to young readers fascinated by the prehistoric period. (iPad informational app. 4-8)"
A prehistoric saber-toothed cat roams in search of his next meal in this introduction for preschoolers. Read full book review >