THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR & FRIENDS by StoryToys
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 20, 2014

"Overall, this engaging app provides long-lasting, skill-building fun, and parents who revere Carle's watercolor work won't be disappointed in this digital incarnation. (iPad informational app. 2-5)"
A 3-D pop-up app of preschool games built around Eric Carle's dreamy watercolor world. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE PATIENT by Tímea Fülöp
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 16, 2014

"Look elsewhere for reassurance for sick little ones. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Sweet artwork and good intentions are the highlights of this storybook app. Read full book review >

MAGNETISM AND ELECTRICITY by NCsoft
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 12, 2014

"Plenty of potential for shocking discoveries—even with close adult supervision. (iPad informational app. 10-13)"
Budding Edisons will get a buzz (literally, if they're not careful) from this hands-on introduction to magnets and electrical circuits. Read full book review >
THE BRONFMAN HAGGADAH by Edgar Bronfman
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 9, 2014

Imagine a Passover Seder with participants clutching tablets and listening to the Haggadah being read aloud by soothing male and female voices.

Originally published in 2012, the print version of this very progressive Haggadah has been transformed into a fairly static app with a few animated features. Six short videos featuring the Jewish philanthropist/author and his wife, the illustrator, have been created, but they do little to transform this attractive book into an exciting app. Read full book review >

THE BOX & I by Sue Moring
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 6, 2014

"Ho-hum. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
It's a running joke with parents: Buy your kids expensive toys, and they'll end up playing with the box. Read full book review >

OCEAN by Fox & Sheep
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 6, 2014

"Less than ankle deep, informationwise, but all the color and movement should keep the Oshkosh set poking away for a while. (iPad informational app. 2-4)"
The focus is mainly on fun in three populous underwater scenes, but a few facts float past too. Read full book review >
SHERLOCK by Haab Entertainment
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 5, 2014

"A smartly designed treatment of Doyle's London that makes a short story feel full and novelistic. (Requires iOS 6.1 and above.)"
A classic Sherlock Holmes tale gets lavish interactive treatment, with opportunities for sleuthing for readers. Read full book review >
THE MINIATURE POLAR BEAR by Rogue Software
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 3, 2014

"An amiable-enough story weighed down by a few misguided illustrations. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A boy finds the perfect pet hiding under his bed—trouble is, his mother just won't believe him. Read full book review >
UNDER THE SEA by Sam DenHartog
by Sam DenHartog, illustrated by Meta3dStudios, developed by EnsenaSoft
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 28, 2014

"Not a keeper. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad informational app. 6-8)"
A flashy, if superficial, gallery of ocean life. Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS ALPHABET by Julie Shaw Lutts
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 26, 2014

"Though it's not specifically aimed at children, even very young viewers will have fun watching all the hurlyburly. (iPad alphabet book. 4-6, adult)"
Stop-motion-style animation sends assemblages of clip art and found objects dancing across old dictionary pages in this hyperkinetic ABC. Read full book review >
SARILA by CarpeDiem Film & TV
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 26, 2014

"The story will appeal to young readers with its classic hero's-journey structure, but the app retelling is wordy, and the lack of interaction will likely leave them disenchanted. (iPad storybook app. 6-10)"
Animation? Check. Heroes and villains? Check. A new blockbuster? Not really. Read full book review >
A WHALE WHO DREAMT OF A SNAIL by William Heimbach
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 21, 2014

"A passage toward sweet dreams, with enough variety in the imagery for repeat visits. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
Heimbach presents a lullaby app with the hypnotizing look and feel of a mandala. Read full book review >