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WRECK THIS APP by Keri Smith


by Keri Smith & illustrated by Keri Smith developed by CitrusSuite

Age Range: 13 & up

Pub Date: July 19th, 2011
Publisher: Penguin

Essentially an interactive black-and-white coloring book filled with amusing tools to guide users in their pursuit to locate their inner artists.

"To create is to destroy," is the tagline for this text, which opens with basic instructions that encourage users to freely express themselves through a series of drawing exercises that are wide open to interpretation. For example, users are instructed to “scribble wildly, violently, with reckless abandon” or import pictures from their iPad for creative defacing. Each page features an array of tools at the bottom; these range from a simple pencil to a fingerpaint tool, which enables users to add color and special touches to each page. iPad functionality is well leveraged, though users will need to fight the urge to turn pages with a finger swipe, which only frustratingly draws lines across their drawing. Instead a patient finger-tap on the page’s bottom corners enables users to easily navigate. Users can save, e-mail or even utilize their Facebook or Flickr accounts to share their masterpieces. Due to some edgy page instructions ("Write as many four-letter words as you can"), this text is probably best suited for teens and adults.

An app to energize the creative juices. (iPad interactive sketchbook. 13 & up)