Best Book Apps of 2012

FRANKLIN FROG by Emma Tranter
Kirkus Star
by Emma Tranter, illustrated by Barry Tranter, developed by Nosy Crow
IPAD BOOK APPS
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
IPAD BOOK APPS
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 >
LITTLE FOX MUSIC BOX by Heidi Wittlinger
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 15, 2012

"This spectacular synthesis of elements creates magic on the iPad. Parents and kids won't want to tear themselves away. (iPad music app. 3-10)"
A melodious music app combines artistic creativity with top-notch execution. Read full book review >

ALTERNATIVE STORY: RED RIDING HOOD by ZigZag Studio
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 24, 2012

"Good-natured fun and some well-designed interactive elements distinguish this fairy-tale remake. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Over-the-top and hokey, but somehow this "choose your adventure" fairy tale works by never taking itself too seriously Read full book review >