Search Results: "Once Upon An App"


BOOK REVIEW

CLARABELLA’S TEETH by An Vrombaut
ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 2003

"Sure to provoke toothsome grins. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the morning, Clarabella's friends, Ruby Rabbit, Liam Leopard, Max Monkey, and Zoe Zebra, brush their teeth and are ready to play. Read full book review >

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FATIMA AL FIHRIA, STORY OF THE FOUNDER OF AL QARAWIYIN by Masarat App
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 20, 2012

"While not heavily interactive, this picture-book biography of a Muslim woman known for her devotion to both religion and education may be useful for audiences interested in Islam and women's history. (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
Although the story of a woman founding a university in Morocco in 859 has fascinating possibilities, this app is little more than a picture book with one touch-activated feature per page. Read full book review >

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THE FOLD by An Na
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"A lighthearted and thought-provoking look at a serious teen issue. (Fiction. 12-15)"
The self-imposed pressure to appear as beautiful as her older sister is accentuated by a makeover gift Joyce receives from her domineering family benefactor, Aunt Gomo. Read full book review >

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WAIT FOR ME by An Na
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2006

"Gripping and engrossing. (Fiction. YA)"
What defines success? Read full book review >

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THE MAN IN THE TRENCH COAT by Trueba Interactive App
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"An elementary karate chop to those temptations that undermine our integrity. (iPad storybook app. 8-12)"
A deliberate and shimmeringly creepy cautionary app that taps a hoary old folktale as it delivers the goods. Read full book review >

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FOR THE TERM OF HIS NATURAL LIFE by NoHo Productions App Team
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 11, 2012

"A ham-fisted multimedia adaptation of an otherwise absorbing tale of human endurance."
Marcus Clarke's sprawling Victorian saga of an innocent man exiled to an Australian penal colony suffers from a multimedia experience that manages to dilute attention rather than enhancing the original source material. Read full book review >

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THE DREAM by Swipea Kids App
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2013

"Steer clear of this app and seek out a well-researched Arab folktale instead. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
This story of a lowly ditch digger from Baghdad reinforces stereotypes about Middle Eastern culture and includes inaccurate information. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"In several of the stories, most notably An Na's 'Complication,' the protagonist must sort through myriad moral complexities—in other words, the stuff and substance of adulthood. (Short stories. 14 & up)"
In her succinct introduction to this up-and-down story collection, editor Jill Santopolo mentions the "dotted line" that separates childhood from adulthood, a time when the young individual must begin to negotiate the world alone. Read full book review >

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DREAMING OF MOCHA by An Swerts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Wish-fulfillment for Florence may ring false for readers. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Girl finds dog, girl loses dog, and girl gets dog again in this picture book from the Netherlands. Read full book review >

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TERRI AT THE MARKET by Ancsa Hohol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2013

"All soups considered, Terri's veggie adventure is decent fare for patient picky eaters. (Requires iOS 6.1 & up.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Two trips to the farmers market upend a picky eater's veggie perspective. Read full book review >