THE UNSTEALER by Joshua Wilson
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
FOX AND CRANE by Mumuin.com
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 9, 2014

"There's a moral here, but it's not the intended one. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Interactive diversions are given considerably more attention than the story in this multilingual version of the Aesopian fable. Read full book review >

YOU'RE THE DETECTIVE by Lawrence Treat
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
FATHER FROST by Vadim Makarov
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 6, 2014

Obnoxious and tone-deaf, this mess of an app will leave readers cold. 

An off-putting adaptation of a Russian fairy tale, this dismal story of an abused daughter, a weak-willed father and, of course, an evil stepmother, is ugly in nearly every way imaginable. Read full book review >

BIBO, THE LITTLE MONSTER by Vasiliy Poryagin
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 5, 2014

"A shallow story about shallowness. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
This story about a little purple monster aims to demonstrate that outward appearance isn't a good indicator of inward nature and character. Read full book review >

LOCHFOOT by W. Scott Matthews
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 4, 2014

"Great premise but, overall, a disappointing experience. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
This story about the spawn of Bigfoot and Nessie (aka the Loch Ness Monster) suffers from a dry storyline and a significant lack of interaction and ingenuity. Read full book review >
ENZO FERRARI MUSEUM by Andrea Ciofi degli Atti
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
SLEEPOVER IN AFRICA AT AMANI'S GRADUATION by The Global Sleepover
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"The real Amani shines as the star through photographs of her school in Rwanda, but the fictional story is flat and unrewarding. (iPad storybook app. 5-10)"
Young readers will enjoy armchair travel as they learn about school in Rwanda, but they will wish that the story was more fully developed. 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 >
ABC: ANIMAL ALPHABET by HappyKids
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 29, 2013

"Entertaining illustrations reinforce outmoded stereotypes of gender roles. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad alphabet app. 2-5)"
A new abecedary app joins the menagerie. Read full book review >
ROLLING PEA by Ivan Sulima
illustrated by Ivan Sulima, developed by KievSeaPirates
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
URKI AND THE ANSWER TO ALL QUESTIONS by Mónica Coca
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 21, 2013

"Inexpertly translated, sketchily plotted in spite of an inflated word count and endowed with interactive effects that are, by current standards, anemic: skip it. (iPad fantasy app. 7-9)"
The happy conclusion to a diminutive troll's search for his parents (Urki, Beyond the Forest, 2012) replaces some of the opener's kinks in language and design with new ones. Read full book review >