GHOSTS by TerryLab
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
WAKE UP MO! by StoryToys
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >

GEOLOGY by Kids Discover
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
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 >
MONSTERS VS. KITTENS by Dani Jones
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"The overall lack of action or a plotline hints that this may be intended more as a fill-in-the-blanks gag than a series of opportunities for story crafting, but there's still a lot of scope for invention. (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
A seemingly bland comparison of cute cartoon kittens and equally cuddly monsters offers customizing features that allow aspiring writers all the narrative freedom they might desire. 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 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
MIRRORWORLD by Cornelia Funke
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 17, 2013

"Not quite crash-proof but a thoroughgoing delight featuring new content galore and cutting-edge visual effects. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad fantasy app. 10-14)"
A companion to Funke's two-volume Mirrorworld series, driven by spectacular graphics and positively loaded with both worldbuilding detail and back stories for many of the characters and events in the books. Read full book review >
ALPH AND BETTY'S TOPSY-TURVY WORLD by Electric Circus
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 29, 2013

"The premise might be built around kids learning their ABCs, but by the time they get to Z, they may have already graduated high school. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad alphabet app. 4-8)"
An alphabet-based story app places its emphasis on games rather than narrative. Read full book review >