Search Results: "Against All Odds Productions"


BOOK REVIEW

IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"A fun look at the next step of tech evolution but one that could have taken a more skeptical look at the risks."
A colorful, upbeat overview of the ways massive amounts of data can influence everything from medicine to law enforcement to consumer behavior. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Save this for a rainy afternoon story hour when the lightning flashes and thunder rolls. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Pale mist wafts mysteriously through the pages of this saga of a young boy's quest to appease the spirits of a ghostly captain and his crew. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GORILLA BAND by Wasabi Productions
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"Slick graphics, decent interaction, solid storytelling, flawed story. (iPad storybook app, 3-7)"
Two reluctant music students join forces with several jammin' jungle musicians to form a band. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHRISTMAS COBWEBS by Odds Bodkin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Stick with Bodkin's recorded version, available on the audiotape, Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales From Around the World (1994). (Picture book. 7-9)"
Uninspired illustrations mar this rendition of a German miracle tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CRANE WIFE by Odds Bodkin
adapted by Odds Bodkin, illustrated by Gennady Spirin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An exquisite and memorable volume. (Picture book/folklore. 5-10)"
This rendition of the bittersweet Japanese tale about the lonely sail-maker Osamu, who finds and then loses his perfect mate, is a poetic gem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOON MAN DAN by Pickled Pepper Productions
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2014

"Waxing gibbous, waning crescent—that can wait. Who isn't happier imagining the moon snuggling under a comforter? (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
The phases of the moon don't just happen. They are the work of Moon Man Dan (or so says Pickled Peppers' snug application). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOR THE TERM OF HIS NATURAL LIFE by NoHo Productions App Team
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 11, 2012

"A ham-fisted multimedia adaptation of an otherwise absorbing tale of human endurance."
Marcus Clarke's sprawling Victorian saga of an innocent man exiled to an Australian penal colony suffers from a multimedia experience that manages to dilute attention rather than enhancing the original source material. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOST LARRY by Graham Nunn
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2012

"The fiddle music is just about the only element in tune in this humdrum effort. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A saccharine tale about a little girl and her animal friends is further marred by inharmonious narration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED & YELLOW'S NOISY NIGHT by Josh Selig
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"The book contains a worthy message but is disappointingly without nuance. For a more meaningful and engaging story about friendship, conflict and compromise, use Ribbit Rabbit by Candace Ryan, illustrated by Mike Lowery (2010). (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this adaptation of the animated short The Olive Branch: Sleep, Red wants to play his "strummy" loudly while Yellow wants to sleep—a situation that leads to a quarrel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAM BAM by See Here Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2012

"Not the most inventive tale, but an earnest one that addresses the idea of respecting others' musical palates. Brandy fans will love it. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Rhythm-and-blues singer Brandy Norwood joins her brother and parents to tell an animated story about competing musical tastes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LAZY LARRY LIZARD by Graham Nunn
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2010

"A limited set of animations and interactive effects expertly leveraged into an engaging experience for the very youngest app-heads. (iPad storybook app. 1-3)"
From Down Under, a delight for the diaper-clad. Read full book review >