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

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

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"A revealing and definitely not dumbed-down overview of what we know about consciousness."
Dehaene (Experimental Cognitive Psychology/Collège de France; Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention, 2009) delivers a detailed popular account of what he and fellow researchers have discovered about how perceptions become thoughts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Accessible, inspiring and wonderfully human: sure to spark the imagination."
The director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms takes a captivating look at the future of invention, positing a world in which the home fabrication system is as ubiquitous as the home computer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"It's an outing antic enough to cause rough young salts to hoist their sippy cups in glee. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
The opening episode of a rollicking pirate yarn replete with bones, heaps of treasure and Yo-Ho-Hos. Read full book review >