I IMAGINE by Bizzibrains
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 31, 2014

"Thoughtful design features make this an inclusive story that will resonate with many young children. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Children will enjoy becoming the stars of this customizable story, creating different versions for repeated readings. Read full book review >
MEET HECKERTY by Jan Ziff
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"A good, entry-level app, gratifyingly easy if also easy to move beyond. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
An elemental story of a forgetful witch. Read full book review >

MOMMY HURRIES HOME by Kate Galitskaya
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 16, 2014

"There's a great app to be done about the imaginative ways a parent dresses up a story about the day, but this one doesn't arrive fully formed. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A rambling story of a parent's trip home. Read full book review >
CHLOE'S LITTLE SECRET by Marina Tito
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 16, 2014

"A bland take on a premise that Mercer Mayer has practically worn out single-handedly. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Unexceptional writing and low-wattage interactive effects send this tale of a girl and her closet monster to a back shelf. Read full book review >
BABY COMES HOME by Luna Moth LLC
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 15, 2014

"Unremarkable and uneven—steer clear. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
When a new baby arrives, Dudley misses special time spent fetching and playing ball with his family in this brief, predictable tale. Read full book review >

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 >
URKI, BEYOND THE FOREST by Mónica Coca
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 26, 2012

"Readers and gamers alike will be underwhelmed. (iPad fantasy app. 7-9)"
A small troll found in a basket goes in search of his parents in this rough-cut series opener. 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 >
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 >

TEMBO, THE LITTLE ELEPHANT by Teresa Campos
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A first step for Tembo = one sweet step for new learners. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A newborn elephant takes his first steps on the African savanna, giving toddlers a gentle first step into the world of reading. 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 >
POUGHKEEPSIE by Debra Anastasia
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 12, 2014

"A clunky if shrewdly engineered tale with, for the most part, equally clunky added bells and whistles."
An indie epic of sex, crime and romance is bolstered—though not exactly improved—by photos, videos, quizzes and a recipe. Read full book review >