Search Results: "Hamson Design"


BOOK REVIEW

ANGUS AND MAX BLAST OFF! by Hamson Design
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2012

"There's too much space debris here for a smooth ride. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
In this rhyming spaceship adventure, a boy and his dog go where no one has gone before. Read full book review >

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SANTA AND THE CHRISTMAS LIST MUDDLE by MiBooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 3, 2012

"An assortment of tap-activated giggling elves, color changes and sound effects adorning the cartoon illustrations don't compensate for fundamental flaws in execution. (iPad holiday app. 5-7)"
A muddle indeed, this unstable and badly designed holiday minitale will spread more frustration than cheer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARNYARD MYSTERY by MiBooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2011

"This nonstarter shortchanges both readers and the story's potential by attempting this most difficult approach and falling awkwardly short. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
In this "choose your own adventure" rhyming storybook, a day trip to Farmer Bill's barnyard presents a wee, feathered problem: a missing chick. Read full book review >

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JAMES & MAC by Cricket Design
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2013

"Certainly entertaining and visually appealing, but the mystery is resolved through chance rather than clear detective work. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
With the appeal of a Saturday-morning cartoon, this app will draw in kids—but leave them wishing for more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IVOR THE ENGINE by Oliver Postgate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2011

"With unassuming art and both prose and characters sporting low-key Welsh inflections, this is an engaging natural for both shared and independent reading. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
A new version of the original story line from an animated British television series first shown in the '50s features a close, if less anthropomorphic, cousin of Thomas the Tank Engine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WORLD WAR II INTERACTIVE  by Internet Design Zone
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"A powerful capsule history of World War II, chilling and reflective in one breath."
A visually engaging and highly atmospheric overview of World War II, including the runup and the fallout. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BACK TO THE STARS by Innopage
developed by Innopage, by Chet Lam, translated by Y.T. Mak, illustrated by Chocolate Rain Design
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 27, 2011

"Readers who make it this far will find happy little e-postcards designed by Chocolate Rain Designs that they can send to friends—but not, perhaps, with a recommendation to buy this app. (iPad storybook app. 14 & up)"
Despite its sketchy description in the app store, this is not the story, The Little Prince, but rather an interactive essay on the meaning of the Saint-Exupéry classic. Read full book review >

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WHAT WAS IT LIKE, MR. EMPEROR? by Chiu Kwong-chiu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"As better pictures are available and the humor is too heavy-handed to add style points, that dismissal can serve for this whole sloppy effort. (website) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
An irreverent introduction to China's long line of emperors, with sidelong glances at life in the outsized but cloistered imperial palace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"A fun look at the next step of tech evolution but one that could have taken a more skeptical look at the risks."
A colorful, upbeat overview of the ways massive amounts of data can influence everything from medicine to law enforcement to consumer behavior. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN THE FORBIDDEN CITY by Chiu Kwong-chiu
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An impressive introduction to the Forbidden City. (author's note) (Nonfiction. 11 & up)"
In this Chinese import, readers become tourists as each page turn provides views into labyrinthine courtyards and palaces once reserved for imperial China's emperors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. WALRUS by Patricia Derrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2011

"A harried tale that never quite catches up with itself. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
A day in the lives of animal friends who are on a very tight schedule. Read full book review >