Search Results: "Curious Puppy Apps"


BOOK REVIEW

FANCY NANCY AND THE LATE, LATE, LATE NIGHT by Jane O’Connor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 27, 2010

"Besides the zoom and voice-over features, the app makes limited use of leveraging the iPad's platform, making it fall sadly short of fancy. (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
Captivated by a scrapbook of classic Hollywood stars, Fancy Nancy stays up late imagining herself a starlet donning a glamorous dress, posing for photographs and giving out autographs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LETTERS FROM HILLSIDE FARM by Jerry Apps
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2013

"Neither George's experiences nor the author's pedagogical additions offer much to engage readers' hearts or minds. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Faint echoes of the middle volumes of the Little House series are all that animate this bland, Depression-era epistolary tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT SAND FRACAS OF AMES COUNTY by Jerry Apps
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2014

"The result is Lake Wobegon with more environmental activism and historical preservation and considerably less humor."
A homespun novel finds a small Wisconsin town torn between preservation and progress. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MET KIDS by Adland Apps
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"This sci-fi adventure kicks off a relatively promising series. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
Some kids on a camping trip venture too close to a fallen meteor and receive an overdose of gamma radiation that turns them into superheroes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JONAH by Christful Apps
developed by Christful Apps, adapted by Laura Towers, illustrated by Brian Caleb Dumm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 20, 2011

"A minnow of a story at a whale of a price. (iPad storybook app. 2-4)"
This Bible story could've been spectacular on the iPad, but this version is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TICK BAIT'S UNIVERSE by Marc Gamble
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2012

"This well-designed odyssey truly does put the universe at viewers' fingertips. (iPad informational app. 6-12)"
A "powers of 10" app that takes young explorers from quarks to the furthest reaches of the observable universe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DO YOU LOVE ME? by Joost Elffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Warm, if not fuzzy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
One half of the How Are You Peeling? team (with Saxton Freymann, 1999) leaves food behind to combine forces with the producers of The Little Einsteins TV show to create "the Snuzzles," mouthless, shiny-eyed, balloon-like animals in saturated hues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARVIN AND MOLLY by Joseph Theobald
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 30, 2012

"At first glance, just a mildly comical set of ovine antics—but with (speaking of 'silly games') a not-so-amusing subtext. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Sheep play sexual politics on the lea in this deceptively bucolic outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHLOE'S LITTLE SECRET by Marina Tito
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 2014

"A bland take on a premise that Mercer Mayer has practically worn out single-handedly. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Unexceptional writing and low-wattage interactive effects send this tale of a girl and her closet monster to a back shelf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPLOTCH: THE CENTER by Michael-Paul  Terranova
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2011

"Sketchy but oddly effective. (iPad storybook app. 6-8, adult)"
A minimalist fable featuring an inkblot, a blank page and (aside from page "turns") a single animated effect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAX'S TEMPER TURNAROUND by Michael-Paul  Terranova
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2011

"Readers will be G-LA-D that they accompanied Max on his barely restrained rampage and subsequent cool down. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
A well-designed and humorous concept book shines with just a few well-chosen effects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SOUNDS WE MAKE by Curious Circus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 29, 2012

"A no-frills, sound-effects-driven 'story' that has a decent rhythm, reliable interactive elements, simple navigation and a splash of age-appropriate vulgarity thrown in for good measure. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A basic exploration of assorted bodily sounds, including—and perhaps featuring—those considered "rude." Read full book review >