JACK JONES by Tom Pearson
by Tom Pearson, illustrated by Tom Pearson, developed by Red Magpie
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 30, 2013

"Interactive features aplenty, though they hang from a thin storyline and some problematic illustrations. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
In a tale that isn't much more than a pretext for a set of simple exercises in dexterity and visual recognition, young Jack sets out to find animal friends. Read full book review >
KAGUYA, PRINCESS OF THE MOON by Oniric.co
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Released: Oct. 30, 2013

"Nevertheless, the enduring appeal of this ancient folk tale shines through from beginning to end. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
The 10th-century Japanese folk tale about the shining moon princess will enchant young readers, even though technical problems mar this adaptation. Read full book review >

FLUTTER by Moises Gonzalez
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Unfortunately, this simple story with its interesting interactive concept fails to take flight, weighed down by inconsistent features and poor grammar. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A flight of butterflies is frustrated by a spider's many webs, and users will find this story app just as frustrating as they try to trigger the speech-activated features. Read full book review >
THE ILLUSION MAKER by La Souris Qui Raconte
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Released: Oct. 26, 2013

"It's a droll salute to the pursuit of happiness, easily digested but with a fair measure of sophistication. (iPad storybook app. 7-10)"
A city has lost not only its magic, but its very spark of life in this pint-sized philosophical app. Read full book review >
AWA, YOU DREAM TOO MUCH by Michel Digout
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Released: Oct. 25, 2013

"Quibbles aside, a terrific depiction of a young mind slipping off into vivid daydreams. Young readers will be hard put not to follow. (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
An African village child's flights of imagination soar even higher thanks to exemplary art, narration and animation. Read full book review >

TEENY TINY TRUCKS by Tim McCanna
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Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Less really is more in this clever rhyming adventure. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
This convoy of microtrucks carries tiny cargo (and toddlers alike) on an imaginative journey. Read full book review >
THE BIG WORD FACTORY by Agnès de Lestrade
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"Budding language nerds or anyone who's a sucker for a humble little love story won't have trouble finding the right word for this app: "delightful." (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 5-12)"
There's nary a word wasted in this love letter to the power and beauty of individual words. Read full book review >
BEAN'S NIGHT by Sarah Hines Stephens
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 20, 2013

"Not as chewable as the originals, but the enhancements are expertly integrated rather than just tacked on and will welcome rather than overwhelm the target audience. (iPad storybook app. 6 mos.-2)"
Comfy-cozy digital version of a board book (one of a 1998 trio) featuring a black cat and a squeaky toy mouse. Read full book review >
TEMBO, THE LITTLE ELEPHANT by Teresa Campos
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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 >
THE TROJAN WAR by Kichigai Editions
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Released: Oct. 12, 2013

"Thoroughly unsatisfactory, though filling a gap in the market that cries for a better product. (iPad classic app. 8-12)"
The app that launched a thousand yawns. Read full book review >
AT THE BEACH by Wouter Simons
by Wouter Simons, illustrated by Mieke de Haan, developed by Aprendi
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 10, 2013

"Although the artwork is appealing, this trip to the beach isn't worth the drive. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
Mick and his family enjoy a day at the beach in this simple book app for young readers. Read full book review >
ROCK AND ROLL MOUSE by Atma Falcão
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Released: Oct. 9, 2013

"More holes than a piece of Swiss cheese. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Subpar is too generous a word for this app about a cat chasing a mouse. Read full book review >