Search Results: "Avant-Goût Studios"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCH OF THE TUILERIES by Avant-Goût Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2011

"Too brief to stir more than momentary attention from young readers, but well stacked with touch-activated sounds and features. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Two young snoops spy on an old lady they (wrongly) suspect of being a witch in this short, mildly sweet import. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAM IS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING by Sophie  Jansem
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"Sam may be daring, but it's too bad it's to no apparent purpose. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Sam is as precocious as pigs come. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LULU AND THE BLUE WOLF by Daniel Picouly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2012

"This app ultimately falls short. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A popular French picture-book character moves to the app realm with mixed results. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WORLD OF SAM by Sophie  Jansem
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2012

"Flawed ending aside, it's an admirable first effort. (iPad storybook app, 18 mos.-5)"
A well-balanced interactive story chronicles the life of a whimsical little pig. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HANSEL AND GRETEL by Yasmin Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2010

"Quick, somebody scoop up those breadcrumbs. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
Not unlike creepy-eyed dolls that never seem quite as cute as they're meant to be, there's something a little off about this adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A ZEAL OF ZEBRAS by WOOP Studios
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 7, 2011

"From the mesmerizing cover to the dazzling endpapers, this is a fabulously fascinating work of wondrous words. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
What do you call a group of camels? A caravan. Of cobras? A quiver! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LADYBUG ZEE by CoolAsh Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2014

"Some younger kids will enjoy the story, which briefly branches off in three directions before coming back together, but many storybook apps do the same kind of thing much better. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
A ladybug helps a friend and learns to fly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DESPICABLE ME: STORYBOOK by Trilogy Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2012

"More a memento than a spinoff that will stand on its own—and readers who have seen the movie will be disappointed at how much has been left out. (iPad movie tie-in app. 6-8)"
A drastically abbreviated version of the 2010 film, with occasional interactive elements and a pair of mildly entertaining side features. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOW WHITE by Fairytale Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2012

"Snow White is given short shrift in this amateurish adaptation. Everything down to the tiny, barely there poisoned apple is unconvincing and an opportunity missed. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
A generic, uninspired take on "Snow White" brings rudimentary interactivity to the story without adding anything magical or even above average to make readers forget better versions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIKO by Imaginism Studios
developed by Imaginism Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2013

"The writing doesn't quite measure up to the slick production and design, but it's a grand adventure for a diminutive hero nonetheless. (iPad storybook app. 9-11)"
A fierce young warrior with a magic sword takes on a volcano-dwelling bad guy in this hybrid film/digital comic book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOPY LOST HIS LETTUCE by Pixelflip Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 12, 2012

"This yarn could definitely use a tighter weave. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A crocheted calico snail loses sight of a coveted head of lettuce and must creep through a tremendously laborious story to try and find it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SORCERY! by Steve Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"The many opportunities for inaction can dull the experience, but it's a cut above Choose Your Own Adventure in both visuals and complexity of play. (iPad adventure game. 11-13)"
Background noises, a self-adjusting narrative and stiff but elaborately detailed animated figures add extra avenues of engagement to the first episode of this four-part role-playing game, which was originally published across the pond in print in the 1980s. Read full book review >