Best Book Apps of 2012

SNEAKY SAM by Josh Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2012

"Keep an eye on this kid; one can only hope he'll sneak his way into another story or two. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A brief but endearing tale about a mischievous little boy. Read full book review >
KODEE'S CANOE by Nicole  Stinn
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2012

"A very well-balanced offering that both educates and entertains. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
Little polar bear Kodee and his friend Raccoon learn about echoes in this suitably simple storybook for preschoolers and early readers. Read full book review >

TOWER DEAREST by TerryLab
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 3, 2012

"Hard not to smile at this, whether it's read as a tribute to communal living or a simple bit of rustic foolery. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Lively, brightly colored illustrations featuring a full kit of touch-activated details infuse this traditional cumulative tale with infectious cheer. Read full book review >
A JAZZY DAY by The Melody Book
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2012

"A winning app that could easily be deemed the jazz version of The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. Smooth. (iPad storybook app. 2-8)"
This highly user-friendly primer gives kids both a macro and micro lesson about jazz music. Read full book review >
FRANKLIN FROG by Emma Tranter
Kirkus Star
by Emma Tranter, illustrated by Barry Tranter, developed by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2012

"A winner. (iPad informational app. 2-5)"
Three generations of frogs demonstrate the circle of life. Read full book review >

A TALE OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD by Séverine  Vidal
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2012

"An outstanding, seamless combination of evocative art, poetic writing and ingeniously designed digital enhancements that mature audiences in particular (but not exclusively) will find profoundly moving. (thumbnail index) (iPad picture-book app. 8-10, adult)"
A centenarian who has just lost everything—nearly everything—reflects on his childhood and his chief regret in a poignant but wonder-filled memoir. Read full book review >
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS by H.G. Wells
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 14, 2012

"It's as if Orson Welles had gotten hold of an iPad. Though some fixes remain to be done, a top-notch production."
The tale that scared America silly in 1938, courtesy of Orson Welles, returns in a well-made app that would do a Martian invader proud. Read full book review >
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING TOUR OF CHICAGO by Wilco
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 25, 2012

"Chicagoans in exile will feel all the more homesick, while Wilco fans, already well-served with music, concert footage and photographs from various sources, will absolutely want to have this in their collections. The price is right, too."
A splendid bit of orchestration by everybody's favorite alt-rock sextet, giving a view of performances in the City with Big Shoulders from backstage and the cheap seats alike. Read full book review >