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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >

MR. ELEPHANT AND MR. MOUSE by Glenn Melenhorst
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 14, 2013

"It's a charmer of a story that could be improved with just a little more production work. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
Two animals unhappy with their names make a swap in a whimsical, visually polished app with just a few needed features missing. 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 >
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 >
NGURRARA by Tyson Mowarin
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 20, 2013

"An atmospheric introduction to an ancient culture and some of the oldest and most remote art on Earth. (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
Collaborating with a professional illustrator and a group of children, an Australian Ngarluma filmmaker commemorates in three short episodes his people's 15,000-year history in petroglyph-rich Murujaga (Burrup Peninsula). Read full book review >
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 >
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 >
STRANGEBEARD by StoryToys
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Nov. 14, 2013

"The bright colors, unusually vigorous animation and variety of digital games will spark many a "Yo Ho Ho!" (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Buckling swash to the max, doughty Princess Isabel sets out on a pirate adventure positively awash in tap- and tilt-activated action. Read full book review >