Search Results: "Banzai Labs"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD by Peter Guttman
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 7, 2012

"This impressive photo set makes for a stunning, if occasionally overwhelming geographical experience. (iPad informational app. 3 & up)"
A photo gallery-as-app is light on features yet becomes a moving visual statement communicated through the faces of hundreds of kids from around the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2012

"Occasionally dry but mostly colorful examination of an early meeting of international sports, culture and celebrity."
A detailed look at the 1934 tour of Japan by an All-Star team of American baseball players including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CRY WOLF TALE HD by Unicorn Labs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2011

"That's likely by design: Just as 'The End' appears, a banner invites readers to download another app, Rabbit & Turtle's Amazing Race, which features all the same animated animals. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A clever twist on the "Boy Who Cried Wolf" fable, this story of a prankster wolf who continually fools his friends with false sightings of a four-eyed, flea-ridden boy is pretty slick. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHASING FIREFLIES by Honeybee Labs
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 15, 2011

"A breath of fresh air. (iPad poetry app. 10 & up)"
A collection of classic haiku accompanied by original music and lush seasonal backdrops. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"The history and theory and practice of the business of science in business are presented in some detail. The lab coats beat the suits every time."
Technology maven Buderi (The Invention That Changed the World, 1996) tips his reporter's fedora to the corporate laboratories that promise increasingly better living through the wonders of science. His descriptions of futuristic gee-whiz projects are enough to make next year's sci-fi look unimaginative and old-hat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NUTCRACKER by Francesca Cavallo
adapted by Francesca Cavallo, illustrated by Philip Giordano, developed by Timbuktu Labs, Inc.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2013

"Unusual, but ultimately unimaginative and uninspiring. (iPad storybook app. 6-10)"
Another adaptation of the popular ballet story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINKEN, BLINKEN AND NOD by Robin Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2011

"Speech-recognition software is just not there yet in this pretty-but-glitchy app. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
What might have been a daring choice—instead of traditional narration, word highlighting is triggered by a reader's voice—sinks this otherwise-attractive adaptation of the classic poem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NED THE NEURON by Erica Warp
by Erica Warp, illustrated by Andy Warner, developed by Kizoom Labs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"A rangy introduction to the parts of the brain and their functions that skips or dives, your choice. (works on iPad 2 and above) (iPad informational app. 10-14)"
A deep-dish serving of brain matter, but surprisingly digestible for all that. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2012

"A doggy road trip with nary a dull moment…no bull. (free sampler in iTunes) (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
Spectacular illustrations and digital diversions drive this sweet tale of two Vermont bulldogs in search of a purpose. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPOT THE DOT by David A. Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 25, 2011

"Clean of look, seamless in design: a delight even for the diapered crowd. (iPad game app. 1-6)"
The Picasso of paper engineers (One Red Dot, 2005, etc.) displays a dab hand at concocting even more thoroughly interactive explorations of shape and color for touchscreens. Read full book review >