Best Book Apps of 2012

COLORS THAT LULI LOVES by Rotem  Omri
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2012

"Luli's love of colors comes across as both genuine and infectious. (iPad storybook app. 18 mo.-5)"
An appropriately bright primer on the major colors, this tour through the rainbow seems ideally suited to toddlers learning to associate words with objects. Read full book review >
THE CHICKEN AND THE EGG by Allan  Plenderleith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2012

"Flo and her unusual offspring easily capture readers' hearts in this story of faith and love. Not bad for a chicken who can't lay eggs. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
A cluck-worthy story about a chicken with magical maternal instincts succeeds with flashes of visual wit and a lovable main character. Read full book review >

GOODNIGHT SAFARI by Luciana Navarro  Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 11, 2012

"A simple, lovely lullaby. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
A mellow bedtime book about baby animals preparing to sleep. Read full book review >
MR. ROBOT by San San
illustrated by San San, developed by Looda Studio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 20, 2012

"Not particularly therapeutic, but the art and the plot are engaging—as is the translation, which is so consistently amusing that the awkwardness may well be intentional. (iPad storybook app. 10-14)"
A strange but beguiling mix of surreal storytelling and lighthearted psychological advice. Read full book review >
WORDFLEX TOUCH DICTIONARY by Schematix
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 8, 2012

"A welcome addition to a logophile's arsenal—the last word, we learn, coming from an Arabic phrase meaning 'house of industry,' though this is a lot more fun than all that."
An iPad-only app that displays networks of word associations in trees that unfold into branches and sub-branches of meaning. Read full book review >

KINGDOM OF PLANTS WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH by Serengeti Entertainment Ltd.
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 22, 2012

"A captivating experience that encourages users to keep coming back for repeat visits."
The inimitable Attenborough conducts a fascinating interactive tour of the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens and its legendary collection of fantastic greenery from around the globe. Read full book review >
FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 26, 2012

"Some narrative weakness aside, a brilliantly designed app; the current benchmark for high-quality storytelling via tablet."
Mary Shelley's classic rewritten and retooled, with an appealing gothic-style interface and ingeniously immersive format. Read full book review >
MY MOM'S THE BEST by Rosie  Smith
Kirkus Star
by Rosie Smith, illustrated by Bruce Whatley, developed by SnappyAnt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2012

"A darling first app for little ones to share with their own moms. (iPad storybook app. 1-5)"
A simple, well-executed animal mommy/baby love story for the youngest crowd. Read full book review >