Search Results: "Budge Studios"


BOOK REVIEW

DORA & DIEGO'S VACATION ADVENTURE by Nickelodeon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Engaging enough even for the car-seat crowd. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
"Wow! ¡Qué vacaciones!" Meeting many friends along the way, Dora joins Diego, Baby Jaguar and others from the show in an outing to the Rainforest Campground. Read full book review >

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SANTA COW STUDIOS by Cooper Edens
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A good book for those with a cow fetish or fans of the previous titles; not to everyone's taste. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Santa Cows (Santa Cows, 1991, etc.) return to give the Schwartz family a tour of Hollywood, playing out spoofs of familiar movies—Star Cows, Cowsablanca, and Jurassic Cows—and ending up in an extended parody: It's an Udderful Life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"A rich and provocative intellectual feast."
An elegantly written, perceptive analysis of the tensions common to the immigration experience. Read full book review >

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THE LEAVING by Budge Wilson
FICTION
Released: April 29, 1992

"So beautifully written that they seem to have been lived rather than observed, rich in insight and splendidly grounded in time and place: a memorable collection. (Fiction. 11+)"
Recipient of the Canadian Young Adult Book Award, nine remarkable stories about girls in Nova Scotia, often told by a narrator looking back years later on a pivotal period, after its significance has become clear. Read full book review >

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THE DANDELION GARDEN by Budge Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 1995

"Wilson (The Leaving, 1992, etc.) is at her best when writing realistically, focusing on a bit of conversation, a sideways glance, a finger stroking someone's wrist—the seemingly insignificant details that have the power to change everything. (Fiction/short stories. 10-14)"
A collection of ten very strong stories, some uneven but all worth reading more than once, about turning points in young lives, from which a return to innocence is impossible. 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

BEFORE GREEN GABLES by Budge Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2008

"This drab, unappealing story probably won't please Anne's many admirers, nor will it inspire a new audience for Anne of Green Gables."
A prequel to a beloved classic, from Canadian children's-book author Wilson (stories: The Leaving, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NUMBERLYS by MoonBot Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 11, 2012

"Still—a marvelous visual, if not tactile, experience. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
A fanciful take on the invention of the alphabet, more a video than a full-featured app but through the roof for production values. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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

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 >