Search Results: "Fairytale Studios"


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

FAIRYTALE NEWS by Colin Hawkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Readers who enjoyed making rounds with The Jolly Postman (1986) will happily trail along after young Jack. (Picture book/fractured folktale. 7-9)"
Leaving no tuffet unturned, the Hawkins incorporate dozens of folktale and nursery-rhyme characters into a multi-stranded romp, in the course of which newsboy Jack (Hubbard, scion of Old Mother), making his deliveries, passes a trio of Bears out for a stroll and a certain Wolf, then later trades the family cow for a magic bean and turns a giant into a devoted newspaper reader. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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

THE FAIRYTALE CAKE by Mark Sperring
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"With guests like these, how could it be otherwise? (Picture book. 3-5)"
The text may run to just a few words per page, but the pictures in this heavily populated outing invite lingering as dozens of European nursery rhyme and folktale characters gather to prepare a huge cake, and then wheel it down the road to the house of a lucky birthday boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRIMM’S LAST FAIRYTALE by Haydn Middleton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Images gutter in candleflame or rise in snowlight through smeared windowpanes in storytelling so quiet that, in Middleton's words, 'you can hear a heart-string snap': a modern fairy tale that should last at least a hundred years."
A magically rich fictionalizing of the lives of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, interwoven with a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, by a prolific children's and adult author (The Collapsing Castle, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Cynicism and adult words stave off sappiness but don't remotely dampen the magical story's genuine charm."
In this fantasy debut, a wealthy but discontented businessman remembers his childhood journey through Chicago's hidden, enchanted side with creatures and anthropomorphic animals. 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

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 >

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 >