Best Book Apps of 2012

CLARA BUTTON AND THE MAGICAL HAT DAY by Amy de la Haye
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 26, 2012

"Not every reader will share Clara's strong affinity for fashion, but there's no denying the beauty of the showcased. (iPad storybook app. 4-12)"
What begins as a simple story about a girl trying to restore her grandmother's torn hat becomes an unexpectedly detailed look at fashion treasures from a famous British museum. Read full book review >
THE VOYAGE OF ULYSSES by Elastico srl
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 3, 2012

"An inventive and entertaining introduction to the classic. And that kiss at the end: perfect. (iPad epic app. 10 & up)"
A delightfully entertaining telling of the tale of brave Ulysses. Read full book review >

THE LEGEND OF MOMOTARO by Corey Finkle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 2, 2012

"A fine version, formal but never stiff, and seamless both in presentation and software design. (iPad storybook app. 7-10)"
With help from a trio of squabbling animals a young boy born from a giant peach takes on a squad of ogres in this unusually elegant rendition of the popular Japanese folktale. Read full book review >
B.B. WOLF by Debbie Fong
Kirkus Star
by Debbie Fong, illustrated by Debbie Fong
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"A low-key, appealingly unpretentious twist on a familiar folk tale. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
A revised "Little Red Riding Hood," with unusually simple and effective illustrations and interactive features. Read full book review >
POCKET MONEY by Frankbooks
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"An intriguing attempt to integrate digital technology with time-honored storytelling chops."
A guy, a girl and a suitcase full of underworld money form the reliable backdrop of an innovative iPad app that tries to integrate the world of social media with the solitary act of reading. Read full book review >

LALOO THE RED PANDA by Lauren Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2012

"It's likely young readers who pick up this well-made app will be learning about both Bollywood and red pandas for the first time—and they will be glad they did. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
The adventure of a lost, rare red panda cub trying to find his way home is expertly packed with Indian culture, energetic artwork and engaging characters. Read full book review >
TICK BAIT'S UNIVERSE by Marc Gamble
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2012

"This well-designed odyssey truly does put the universe at viewers' fingertips. (iPad informational app. 6-12)"
A "powers of 10" app that takes young explorers from quarks to the furthest reaches of the observable universe. Read full book review >
BESIDE MYSELF by Jeff Gomez
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Nov. 9, 2012

"A savvy, thoughtful and well-made app both in its writing and its presentation."
Veteran novelist Gomez (Our Noise, 1995; Geniuses of Crack, 1997; etc) makes his iPad fiction debut with a canny study of split personalities, family and roads not taken. Read full book review >