Best Book Apps of 2012

LEONARD by Timothy  Penner
Kirkus Star
illustrated by Timothy Penner, developed by endloop, by Ink Robin
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 15, 2012

"Well told, cleverly illustrated and beautifully supported with interactive surprises that make sense and are great fun, this is a stellar example of iPad storytelling. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Imagination makes all the difference in this story of one boy's quest for new friends. Read full book review >
LOLA AND LUCY'S BIG ADVENTURE by Jane Jensen
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 25, 2012

"A doggy road trip with nary a dull moment…no bull. (free sampler in iTunes) (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
Spectacular illustrations and digital diversions drive this sweet tale of two Vermont bulldogs in search of a purpose. Read full book review >

YOU ARE STARDUST by Elin Kelsey
Kirkus Star
by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim, developed by Owlkids
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 6, 2012

"The perfect combination of art and science to get kids engaged with nature. (iPad informational app. 5-12)"
This eloquent introduction to some very large concepts is science written like poetry. Read full book review >
PICCADILLY'S CIRCUS by Adam Larkum
Kirkus Star
illustrated by Adam Larkum, developed by Ink Robin
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 6, 2012

"Step right up to this truly spectacular offering; it will undoubtedly delight ladies, gentlemen and children of all ages. (iPad storybook app. 2-8)"
Every element of this app shines in a story about circus performers who learn to appreciate the talents of others. Read full book review >
THE EDIBLE SUIT by Edward Lear
by Edward Lear, illustrated by Jon Higham, developed by Tizio BV
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 23, 2012

"Smooth pans of the double-screen illustrations and interactive features that are as high in child appeal as the sidesplitting plot add up to an unusually successful crossover to the digital domain. (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
Rapid tapping calls up cascades of pigs, pork chops and more from this lightly edited version of Lear's hilarious "The New Vestments." Read full book review >

OWL AND CAT by Edward Lear
by Edward Lear, developed by NitroLab, illustrated by Ewa Podles
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 9, 2012

"A triumphant blend of classic literature and tablet technology. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Feline and fowl profess their love for one another in this winning adaptation of Lear's popular 1871 nonsense poem. Read full book review >
LITTLE LOST RABBIT FINDS A FAMILY by Lemniscates
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 31, 2012

"Brief, but loaded with appeal for younger readers and pre-readers. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
An abandoned bunny doesn't stay homeless for long in this understated, simply illustrated import. Read full book review >
LIL' RED by Brian  Main
Kirkus Star
by Brian Main, illustrated by Brian Main
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 27, 2012

"In a sea of interactive homogeny, this is a rare gem. (for iPad 2 and above) (iPad storybook app. 1-5)"
A refreshingly distinctive take on the classic European fairy tale. Read full book review >