Search Results: "Rock Pocket Games"


BOOK REVIEW

ELLA BELLA BEACH ADVENTURE by Rock Pocket Games
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2012

"There's a useful message for kids about making lemonade, but this beach adventure won't be memorable enough for most readers to see past the lemons. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A rained-out day at the beach leads to a happier day indoors for a group of kids in this sharp-looking but ultimately uninspired app. Read full book review >

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THE PENELOPE ROSE HD by Mobad Games
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2011

"Definitely ambitious but a bit clunky in the end. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
A good-looking but thin tale about a fairy who gives all the roses their colors. Read full book review >

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HOMER HENRY HUDSON'S CURIO MUSEUM by Zack Rock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Hudson claims, 'Everything has a story.' And through his personal descriptions and musings over each artifact, he knows how to tell a good one. (Picture book. 8-12)"
In Rock's debut picture book, an eccentric bulldog named Homer Henry Hudson collects "bits and bobs" from around the globe, displaying them floor to ceiling in his museum of curios. Read full book review >

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KLICKITAT by Peter Rock
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 12, 2016

"Brooding, evocative, mysterious; a tale for mature readers to dig into—and then discuss. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Vivian, 15, who struggles with anxiety, feels her older sister, Audra, 17, a strong-willed free spirit, pulling away from her; before Audra vanishes, she promises Vivian she'll come back for her. Read full book review >

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THE UNSETTLING by Peter Rock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2006

"A solid representation of this writer's mature work, notable for its detached intensity, but his stories' brevity and randomness will leave many dissatisfied."
Curiously dry, unsympathetic short stories by Utah novelist Rock (The Bewildered, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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MY ABANDONMENT by Peter Rock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2009

"A moving evocation of life on the fringes, sparking many questions about our regulated society."
Does Father know best? His teenage daughter is forced to wonder after they're evicted from their city-park cave in this harrowing fifth novel from Rock (Writing/Reed Coll.; The Bewildered, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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STEPHANIE THE FROG by Anna  Cywinska
illustrated by Anna Cywinska, developed by Krecha Games
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2012

"Short, sweet and shallow. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
This glorified game of paper dolls offers a basic lesson about what to wear in winter, summer, spring and fall. Read full book review >

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A GOOD STORY by Zack Rock
by Zack Rock, illustrated by Zack Rock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Quirky and amusing, though pitched to a sophisticated audience that may feel it's beyond picture books. (Picture book. 9-12)"
An anthropomorphic pig in a conservative men's business suit and sensible shoes philosophizes about conforming to the stories that others create for us. Read full book review >

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OLURONBI by Adebayo Adegbembo
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2013

"A bland digital alternative to Phillis Gershator and Holly C. Kim's Iroko-Man (1994) that, in its own mild but firm way, makes points about respecting nature and keeping promises. (iPad folktale. 6-8)"
A rhythmic Swahili song, a gender switch and a grafted-on happy ending sweeten this version of a West African tale about a childless woman who makes a rash promise to a tree spirit. Read full book review >

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SLAVE HUNT by J.A. Rock
Released: Oct. 17, 2016

"As a stand-alone novel, it's a good read. As part of this series, it's the stuff of legends. Sexy, sexy, legends."
Everyone's favorite diverse group of submissives is back in this fun romp through the woods. Read full book review >

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THE SHELTER CYCLE by Peter Rock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2013

"Written with a matter-of-fact flatness, the novel becomes indelibly unsettling as it progresses."
A metaphysically haunting, shape-shifting novel that keeps the reader off balance and can't be fully appreciated until its climax. Read full book review >