Best Book Apps of 2012

PICCADILLY'S CIRCUS by Adam Larkum
Kirkus Star
illustrated by Adam Larkum, developed by Ink Robin
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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 >

FULL METAL JACKET DIARY by Matthew Modine
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 6, 2012

"The making of the film was infamously messy, but Modine's presentation of his story is clean and smart."
The lead of Stanley Kubrick's classic film about the Vietnam War blends sound, image and text to recall an often-exasperating experience. Read full book review >
BIZZY BEAR BUILDS A HOUSE by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2012

"Like the board book it is based on (Bizzy Bear, Let's Go to Work! 2012), this app has only a few pages, but each one is packed with features that encourage budding builders to linger as long as they like. (iPad storybook app. 6 mos.-3)"
Kids who love trucks and construction will identify with Bizzy as he dons his hard hat and "helps" the crew build a house. Read full book review >
LOST LARRY by Graham Nunn
by Graham Nunn, illustrated by Graham Nunn, developed by Wasabi Productions
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2012

"Clean, simple, seamless—just right for the nursery-school set or children with special needs. (iPad storybook/dexterity app. 1-3)"
A little green lizard will trail a fingertip home in this mini-Odyssey, the third of Larry's interactive outings. Read full book review >