BOOGER TOWN by Tatyana Mironova
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 14, 2013

"It's snot hard to deduce the true audience for this. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Aimed (not too well) at young sleuths, this is a double mystery covered in gallons of bright green goo. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN MEOW by Lauren F.  Levine
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 14, 2013

"The best part is the animals and their weird new calls. It's a good thing those are not given short shrift in favor of 3-D or any other feature. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
A brother and sister investigate a case of barnyard animals making nonsensical sounds in a lively if needlessly active app. 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 >
STEPHEN HAWKING'S SNAPSHOTS OF THE UNIVERSE by Random House Digital
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 12, 2013

"An able presentation, much enhanced by high-quality digital content. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad nonfiction app. 11-14)"
A moderately challenging survey of selected physical principles and astronomical phenomena, conveyed through "experiments" that are actually ingeniously designed interactive games and demonstrations. Read full book review >
MONSTER CIRCUS by Kristina Valenzuela
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 12, 2013

"Despite a few minor technical glitches, this monster circus is worth the ticket price. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
More activity app than storybook, the spectacle under this big top is left up to a monstrous crew. Read full book review >

FINNLEY'S STORY by Alexa Kril
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 11, 2013

"A contemporary piece of ancientness, suitable to be passed around the campfire or the bedside. (iPad storybook app. 5-10)"
In what feels like a diminutive creation tale of old, young psychopomp Finnley finds himself ushering in a whole new star. Read full book review >
SABER-TOOTH TRAP by Dawn Bentley
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"This straightforward app will appeal to young readers fascinated by the prehistoric period. (iPad informational app. 4-8)"
A prehistoric saber-toothed cat roams in search of his next meal in this introduction for preschoolers. Read full book review >
ADVENTURES OF MARTY LITTLE by Paper Tunnel
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 8, 2013

"As the story is sketchy to the point of incoherence, the chief draw here will be its inherent circularity and repetition. (iPad storybook app. 3-4)"
Composed of very short visual sequences that cycle over and over with repeated tapping, this minimalist app is tailor-made for children with developmental disabilities or just microscopic attention spans. Read full book review >
BARRINGTON ATLAS OF THE GREEK AND ROMAN WORLD by Princeton University Press
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 5, 2013

"Reasonably priced, it invites long hours of poring over: This belongs in the iPad of every student of the classics and ancient history. (Requires iOS 7 and above.)"
A state-of-the-art atlas of the ancient world, both as it was known to the Greeks and Romans and as it is known to scholars today. Read full book review >
ROM AND THE WHALE OF DREAMS by Jose Miguel Vilar-Bou
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 5, 2013

"Beguiling (particularly for bedtimes), seamlessly designed and unusually feature-rich. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
A tale of dreams lost and found, well-served by soft-voiced narration, gentle music and surreal illustrations in muted hues. Read full book review >
CHRIS P. BACON by Oceanhouse Media
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Smooth of presentation, if simple of message; the very small, very pink, very photogenic piggy in the lead role helps to compensate for his saccharine delivery. (photo album appended) (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
Paired with a mix of snapshots and cartoon art, a (real) piglet born without functional hind legs offers a sugary memoir retracing his climb to YouTube and TV celebrity. 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 >