Search Results: "Scarpetta & Lauria Production"


BOOK REVIEW

FAT SHADOW by Scarpetta & Lauria Production
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2012

"Fun, if dark at times. (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
An interactive and fantastical introduction to hand-shadows combines with a lesson on obesity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HANSEL AND GRETEL BOOKIDU by Digital Book Production
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2011

"Like an old-time radio drama, this rendition leaves plenty to the imagination. (iPad storybook app. 7-10)"
Sans illustrations, decorations or even an option for audio narration this version of the folktale definitely charts its own course through the thickets of more fully featured apps. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PALE BLUE DOT by Ben Bova
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2013

"A bit of science in a very minor key. (Science fiction/iPad app. 8-12)"
A rather lifeless search for life in the great beyond. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RIBBIT! by Bender & Bender
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"An associated website includes color sheets and games. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Produced by a graphic-design company, this three-layered split-page gallery costumes a big green frog in expertly photo-manipulated human gear and clothing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RICHARD SCARRY'S BUSYTOWN by Night & Day Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2011

"Simple, rewarding and fun, this print essential for youngsters grows even more rewarding with repeated exploration in this digital upgrade. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Based on Richard Scarry's book by the same name, the app is less a story than an interactive game designed to teach children new words while exploring the world around them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLUG AND THE PADDYWHACKS by Scholar & Saint
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2011

"Especially for an app aimed at young readers, it's a pleasant surprise that its subtext of loss and redemption is so resonant. So what if it's wrapped in an accessible, candy-colored package? (iPad storybook app. 4-12)"
A surprisingly deep story about freedom and rebellion wrapped in a cuddly adventure featuring space creatures, this episodic app so far is on the right track. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"Charming but somewhat wearying chronicle of a life well lived."
This collection of autobiographical scenes is equal parts family history, travelogue and romance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SARILA by CarpeDiem Film & TV
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 26, 2014

"The story will appeal to young readers with its classic hero's-journey structure, but the app retelling is wordy, and the lack of interaction will likely leave them disenchanted. (iPad storybook app. 6-10)"
Animation? Check. Heroes and villains? Check. A new blockbuster? Not really. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MILK GIRL by Piga and Ponda
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2012

"Though the folk tale and its moral are easily recognizable, the story itself is hogwash. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A modern adaptation of "The Milkmaid and Her Pail," this classic folk tale portrays the perils of counting chickens before they've hatched. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIFTY YEARS A HOOKER by Frank and Jeanette Mundus
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2005

"There's a bigger fish swimming somewhere beneath this Ahab narrative, but the authors are never quite able to land it."
A candid, autobiographical fish tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LONG ROAD TO PARIS by Ed and Janet Howle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 6, 2011

"Fast cars, fast women and fast thinking comprise this solid, utterly entertaining thriller."
Driving a Volkswagen Beetle with an alternative engine-technology, an engineer races from New York to Paris and tries to outwit those bent on stealing the car. Read full book review >