Best Book Apps of 2012

TICK BAIT'S UNIVERSE by Marc Gamble
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 28, 2012

"Despite some room for improvement, this rendition lends itself equally to shared or independent reading and is likely to become as well-thumbed as it already looks. (iPad storybook app. 9-11)"
Though this adaptation of the classic cuts down on the original's more lyrical flights of fancy in favor of a closer focus on plot, the richly sentimental tone remains in full force. Read full book review >
RITA THE LIZARD by Irene Blasco Grau
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Rita's realization that being a lizard is great is carried effortlessly by all the terrific visual asides along the way. (iPad storybook app. 3-10)"
Bursting with life in its clever visuals and antic sense of play, an abundance of activity is on offer in this story about a fun-loving red lizard. Read full book review >
CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD by Peter Guttman
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 7, 2012

"This impressive photo set makes for a stunning, if occasionally overwhelming geographical experience. (iPad informational app. 3 & up)"
A photo gallery-as-app is light on features yet becomes a moving visual statement communicated through the faces of hundreds of kids from around the world. Read full book review >

HORSE MAGIC by Cathy Hapka
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 26, 2012

"Well-used technology paired nicely with solid characters make this a promising series opener. (iPad fantasy app. 8-10)"
An interactive introduction to three female friends linked by their love of horses and a fantastical adventure. Read full book review >
PETE'S ROBOT by Heartdrive Media
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 23, 2012

"There's a sunny, boisterous sense of fun about the whole thing that's positively endearing; both robot and app have got a lot of heart. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
An impressively scruffy app with scribbly artwork and nary a straight line to speak of, this mix of low-fi presentation and top-shelf interactivity is a unique pleasure. Read full book review >
DRAGON BRUSH by John  Solimine
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 23, 2012

"With its distinctive look, a great drawing element that's actually appropriate to the story and a moral that values cleverness over power, Bing-Wen's app is as rare and magical as the dragons he loves to paint. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
The story of a magical dragon brush that can bring painted objects to life casts its own spell. Read full book review >