Best Book Apps of 2013


POEMS BY HEART by Penguin Group USA
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 4, 2013

"A sophisticated, wildly addictive tool for avowed poetry lovers."
For whatever blessed reason, committing poems to memory appears to be back in vogue. Here, Penguin USA and Inkle Studios transport that impulse for learning verse "by heart" from the one-dimensional world of the page to the digital realm's multimedia expanse with a nifty app. Read full book review >
THE TELL TALE HEART by Edgar Allan Poe
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 6, 2013

"Poe's psychological masterpiece is perfectly matched with just enough digital interactivity to chill readers anew. (Requires iOS 6 and above.)"
Poe's classic short story of murder and madness is here subtly but effectively repurposed to haunt the dreams of a whole new generation of readers. Read full book review >

18 CADENCE by Aaron Reed
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 3, 2013

"Despite a bare-bones narrative, an intriguing and even absorbing exploration of the power of objects across time."
A century in the life of a small American house, told in brief sentences and remixable words. Read full book review >
THE JÖRGITS AND THE END OF WINTER by Anders Sandell
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 20, 2013

"A tongue-in-cheek tale with serious underpinnings, enhanced by inventively designed visuals. (iPad science-fiction app. 9-11)"
Following a crash landing in the Baltic, a motley crew of space aliens encounters strange creatures (well, Finns) in this briskly paced, eco-themed import. Read full book review >
YELLOW, RED, BLUE AND IF I GET ANGRY GREY by Alessandro Sanna
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 22, 2013

"A rewarding alternative for children who find the digital edition of Hervé Tullet's Press Here (2012) too relentlessly inscrutable. (iPad play app. 4-8)"
This inventive pairing of colors with musical riffs offers almost unlimited opportunities for visual and aural experimentation—plus jigsaw puzzles for more structured entertainment. Read full book review >

CHARLIE BROWN'S ALL-STARS! by Charles M. Schulz
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 19, 2013

"It all comes together perfectly in this top-notch take on Peanuts—an easy home run. (iPad storybook app. 3-10)"
An adaptation of a 1966 baseball-themed Peanuts TV special preserves Schulz's gloomy wisdom in seamlessly designed fashion.  Read full book review >
DINO-STORE STORYBOOK by Roger Sedarat
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 5, 2013

"Readers will undoubtedly want to find a basket full of these silly, helpful dinosaurs at their own supermarkets. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A trip to the grocery store leads to a whimsical tale as a family struggles to find a home for a dozen baby dinosaurs. Read full book review >
ALIZAY, PIRATE GIRL by SlimCricket
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 25, 2013

"Lucky for app bargain hunters, this one's got it all: a plucky heroine, a funny parrot, lots of treasure and more than enough material to stave off boredom at sea. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
Alizay, the redheaded pirate preteen of the Bonny Clipper, is always up for a hunt for treasure, especially when it's with her loving dad, Capt. Rubberfoot (his peg leg is a plunger). Read full book review >