Search Results: "Penguin Group USA"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ZOO by Me Books
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"This innovative approach proves that out-with-the-old isn't a prerequisite for in-with-the-new. The concept alone is worth the price of admission. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
An early reader from the 1960s gets an empirical facelift. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ORIGINAL TALE OF PETER RABBIT by Beatrix Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 24, 2011

"By taking a kitchen-sink approach, Penguin has made a fine, abundant app that easily earns its official status. But there's a better app out there that makes reading the story even more enjoyable and that makes this one pale in comparison. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
While it's not the most elegant, magical app translation of Beatrix Potter's most famous work, this expansive edition throws in everything it can to reproduce and enhance the original text. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHOPSTICKS by Jessica Anthony
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 2, 2012

"Though engaging, this app calls more attention to the medium than the message behind this wonderfully disturbing tale. (iPad book app. 15 & up)"
Multimedia collage tells the tale of a child prodigy's struggle with madness in this app version of the novel for teens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POEMS BY HEART by Penguin Group USA
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 4, 2013

"A sophisticated, wildly addictive tool for avowed poetry lovers."
For whatever blessed reason, committing poems to memory appears to be back in vogue. Here, Penguin USA and Inkle Studios transport that impulse for learning verse "by heart" from the one-dimensional world of the page to the digital realm's multimedia expanse with a nifty app. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT'S THE TIME? by Anne Leblanc
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The text is merry and bright (if forgettable); Benjamin is a master of making eye contact with readers, but the real draw is the bold-faced, old-fashioned clock, to be toyed with by children of the digital age. (Board book. 3-7)"
A clock with movable hands perched above the pages of this board book allows toddlers the opportunity to mark the passage of time as Benjamin the bear goes through his day. Read full book review >

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by Julie Danielson

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BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE BOOK OF LITTLE ACTIVISTS by Penguin Young Readers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A slender gathering—and small of trim size, too—but mighty in uplift and visual appeal. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A wee photo album pairing insights and exhortations from young people with pictures of budding activists on the march. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FANCY HAT by Sylvia Majcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 24, 2013

"This gloomy girl's transformation to happy camper is worth embracing, silent or not. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
A young girl finds she can be happy without her newfound token of joy in an app that favors striking visuals over sound design or needless frills. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MATH AT THE ART MUSEUM by Group Majoongmul
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"Some may find this simplistic and oversold, but a few highly industrious parents and creative teachers, eager to more fully integrate the arts into Common Core curriculum, may find even these skimpy explorations invigorating. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An ambitious picture-book introduction to the underlying mathematical principles that can be discovered in a major art museum. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 27, 2012

"If you know why viols aren't a cello's granddaddy, this is just your cup of strings. If you don't, you stand to learn a thing or two—and with Bach ringing in your ears to boot."
A compendium and catalog of viols, those violinlike stringed instruments beloved of Bach and other composers of three and four centuries past. Read full book review >