Search Results: "Sandman Animation Studio"


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 >

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PIXEL AND PARKER by Spinlight Studio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"With a longer shelf life than your average iPad storybook, this will nevertheless keep readers spinning for more. (iPad storybook app. 4-9)"
When a boy's cat goes missing, a world of possibilities opens up, all at the spin of a wheel. Read full book review >

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BEN THE TRACTOR AND THE LOST SHEEP by ZigZag Studio
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2011

"A solid technical effort that suffers from a severely shorn narrative. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
Like the sheep featured in it, this app may not seem quite so appealing if it were stripped of its fluffy, soft surface. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL ANTICS by ZigZag Studio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2013

"Despite the beguiling title, give this one a miss. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
Noisy, chaotic and overstuffed, this sheriff's hunt for small-time, mostly furry criminals shoots itself in the foot. Read full book review >

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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

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2012

"Good-natured fun and some well-designed interactive elements distinguish this fairy-tale remake. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Over-the-top and hokey, but somehow this "choose your adventure" fairy tale works by never taking itself too seriously Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE DO BABIES COME FROM? by Studio 158
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"Several print books address this same question in far better ways. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad informational app. 2-5)"
A parent answers a young child's question, sharing about how babies are made and develop. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WONDERFUL ABC BOOK by TinyMagnet Studio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Not really very wonderful after all. (iPad alphabet app. 2-6)"
This very basic ABC book features attractive art but lacks enhancements that take advantage of the tablet technology. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMELIA AND TERROR OF THE NIGHT by OhNoo Studio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 2012

"This app gets so much right that it's a shame it ends up offering too much of a good thing. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
An attractively creepy-cute app gets bogged down in too many distracting extra features to tell a great story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTTO IN THE CITY by Tom Schamp
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Urban oddities aplenty, spiffily presented in a format large enough to spread out on the floor for group viewing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A car trip into and then back through a busy city gives a young cat plenty to see. Read full book review >

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THERE'S A MOUSE HIDING IN THIS BOOK! by Benjamin Bird
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A good use of well-worn characters. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The 74-year-old animated-comedy duo goes meta! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. ROBOT by San San
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 20, 2012

"Not particularly therapeutic, but the art and the plot are engaging—as is the translation, which is so consistently amusing that the awkwardness may well be intentional. (iPad storybook app. 10-14)"
A strange but beguiling mix of surreal storytelling and lighthearted psychological advice. Read full book review >