Search Results: "MoonBot Studios"


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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THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE by MoonBot Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2011

"The story of Morris Lessmore and his beloved books ends with an unexpected emotional punch, a satisfying, lovely finish for an altogether winning app. (iPad storybook app. 4-12)"
A poignant, potent ode to books (the paper kind) that combines top-notch animation, just the right amount of interactivity and a tear-jerking story. 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

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 >

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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 >

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 >

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

DESPICABLE ME: STORYBOOK by Trilogy Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2012

"More a memento than a spinoff that will stand on its own—and readers who have seen the movie will be disappointed at how much has been left out. (iPad movie tie-in app. 6-8)"
A drastically abbreviated version of the 2010 film, with occasional interactive elements and a pair of mildly entertaining side features. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIKO by Imaginism Studios
developed by Imaginism Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2013

"The writing doesn't quite measure up to the slick production and design, but it's a grand adventure for a diminutive hero nonetheless. (iPad storybook app. 9-11)"
A fierce young warrior with a magic sword takes on a volcano-dwelling bad guy in this hybrid film/digital comic book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOPY LOST HIS LETTUCE by Pixelflip Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 12, 2012

"This yarn could definitely use a tighter weave. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A crocheted calico snail loses sight of a coveted head of lettuce and must creep through a tremendously laborious story to try and find it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RICHARD SCARRY'S BUSYTOWN by Night & Day Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2011

"Simple, rewarding and fun, this print essential for youngsters grows even more rewarding with repeated exploration in this digital upgrade. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Based on Richard Scarry's book by the same name, the app is less a story than an interactive game designed to teach children new words while exploring the world around them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROXIE'S A-MAZE-ING VACATION ADVENTURE by Roxie Munro
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2011

"Challenging? For sure. To the point of frustration? Very possibly. Lively, engrossing and well designed? Definitely. (iPad game app. 7-10)"
Munro (Eco-Mazes, 2010, etc.) shifts into high gear with this new—and first digital—addition to her labyrinthic series. Read full book review >