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

"Freeze-dried awful on a stick. (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
Obnoxious and tone-deaf, this mess of an app will leave readers cold. 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 >
CLOSE-KNIT by Julia Douglas
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 12, 2014

"That said, Douglas and the engineers of this app have made Helmsdale seem a very attractive place indeed on which to pay a call. Watch for a spike in tourism—and, with luck, other apps like this celebrating local history and art."
Scottish artist Douglas finds a home—and a vast canvas—in the Highlands. Read full book review >
REX THE ROACH by Jeff Butterworth
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A polished showing with spare but well-integrated animated effects and several silly twists. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
In this simple interactive odyssey, a little robot cockroach learns to listen to his mum and to say "Please," after flushing himself down the toilet. Read full book review >
FOR THE TERM OF HIS NATURAL LIFE by NoHo Productions App Team
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 11, 2012

"A ham-fisted multimedia adaptation of an otherwise absorbing tale of human endurance."
Marcus Clarke's sprawling Victorian saga of an innocent man exiled to an Australian penal colony suffers from a multimedia experience that manages to dilute attention rather than enhancing the original source material. Read full book review >
GRIMSTONES by Asphyxia
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"A pleasantly gothic pleaser for fans of Unfortunate Events. (series website) (iPad storybook app. 8-11)"
In nine chatty letters, young Martha Grimstone introduces her peculiar family, describes the creation and hatching of three-legged little brother Crumpet, and fervently urges readers to write back. 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 >
MACBETH by Luminary Digital Media
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Nov. 21, 2013

"A fine app version of the play, though one best suited for serious students and performers. (Requires iPad 2 and above.)"
A deluxe scholarly treatment of the Scottish play that isn't always intuitive but is filled with riches. Read full book review >