Search Results: "Riley Animation Studios"


BOOK REVIEW

PUNKY DUNK AND THE GOLDFISH by Riley Animation Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2013

"Combining the pleasantly narrated, yet uninspiring original rhyming text with slick, standard-looking graphics doesn't add much to this old yarn. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Another tepid iPad adaptation of the 1912 children's storybook. 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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HITTING A HIGH NOTE
by Leila Roy

“But,” she went on, “remember. It’s the greatest strength to know your weaknesses. It just means you have a question to answer: How hard will you work to get what you want? And that’s the heart of it: from your career, from your time here, from everything, really—what do you want?”
I stayed quiet.
The world, I thought ...

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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

KING FLASHYPANTS AND THE EVIL EMPEROR by Andy Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"An agreeably fizzy series opener. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Evil Emperor Nurbison has his eye on the peaceful, neighboring kingdom of Edwinland. 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

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

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

KING RA RA COWBOY by Kieron Seamons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2013

"But along with a spindly plot, the high level of cartoon pseudo-violence and the generic African setting only cause this to bite the dust. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
In a frantic frolic lit up by bright colors and raw physical comedy, an African king's eager-to-please subjects oblige when he decides to play "cowboy." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMITY & SORROW by Peggy Riley
Released: April 16, 2013

"Simple in style but complex in tone, this book raises troubling questions about the power of doomladen cults, and their leaders and followers."
The eponymous title refers to the daughters of Amaranth, the first wife (out of 50) of Zachariah, Messianic leader of a Doomsday cult. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHADOW SISTER by Lucinda Riley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Another pleasant jaunt down a genealogical rabbit hole."
Third in Riley's Seven Sisters series (The Storm Sister, 2016, etc.) about adopted daughters in search of their ancestry. Read full book review >