Search Results: "Skyreader Media"


BOOK REVIEW

ROBO BUDDY by Skyreader Media
developed by Skyreader Media, by Jayn Arnold, illustrated by Jim Steck
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2011

"Given the artistry of its interactive elements and the overall design, its shortcomings make it an even bigger disappointment than less-ambitious efforts. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
A lot of design creativity is wasted on a sub-sitcom-level story that never reaches for the stars, despite its Jetsons-meets-Marvel Comics approach. Read full book review >

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COYOTE'S TALE by Ruby Lee
by Ruby Lee, illustrated by Robin Joseph, developed by Skyreader Media
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2011

"A good-humored version of a traditional tale, sans source note but rounded off with a parent-pleasing page of discussion questions. (iPad folktale app. 6-8)"
A select set of quiet yips, howls and giggles, plus the occasional blink or twitch of a nose, add fetching notes to an abbreviated trickster tale with Latin American antecedents. Read full book review >

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MARS COLONY by Robert Cutting
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2011

A spare assortment of sound effects and animations do little to improve a sketchy 2006 tale of alien contact. Read full book review >

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THE GINGERBREAD MAN by Zubadoo Media
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 2011

"Given that foodie culture has permeated even the school-cafeteria scene, it's a shame the app seems so flavorless. More ginger, less flour in the mix, please. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A bit under-baked, this animated take on the old story of a baked good come to feisty life could have used a little more time in the oven. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CIVIL WAR INTERACTIVE by Touchzing Media
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 2012

"Both richly constructed and altogether winning, a fine history of our nation's most calamitous conflict. (iPad nonfiction app. 10 & up)"
A natty and comprehensive scrutiny of the American Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WORLD WAR I INTERACTIVE by Touchzing Media
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 16, 2013

"An unsatisfactory app that treats history less like David McCullough and more like USA Today."
This uninspired and often pedantic chronicle of one of the 20th century's cruelest moments consistently fails to take advantage of exciting media. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MACBETH by Luminary Digital Media
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Nov. 21, 2013

"A fine app version of the play, though one best suited for serious students and performers. (Requires iPad 2 and above.)"
A deluxe scholarly treatment of the Scottish play that isn't always intuitive but is filled with riches. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDPA IN SPACE by Fairlady Media, Inc.
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 2014

"Children hoping for a substantive tour of the solar system may be disappointed, but those who click with the games should build some skills. (iPad informational/math app. 6-8)"
A skim across the solar system serves as a framework for a set of elementary matching and counting games. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BURTYNSKY: OIL by Edward Burtynsky
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 14, 2012

"In all, a first-class photographic portfolio, intelligently aided by multimedia technology to provoke thought and discussion about the world around us."
Canadian photographer Burtynsky turns in a grand tour of the big, usually grimy world of petroleum. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARCTIC ANIMALS by Inhabit Media
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2015

"A basic but effective read from the far north. (Board book. 18 mos.-2)"
Little readers get a primer on Arctic critters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUNKY DUNK AND THE GOLD FISH by Moo Goo Media
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2011

"This app isn't a train wreck by any means; just a perfunctory story told without much technological depth or literary imagination. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A goldfish-stalking kitty learns to mind his own business in this low-tech, feebly told tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAHATMA GANDHI INTERACTIVE BIOGRAPHY by Touchzing Media
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 27, 2013

"Although it lacks a sense of passion, this app does a yeoman's job of bringing Gandhi and his philosophy into focus. (Biography. 12 & up)"
An earnest survey of the life and thoughts of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known to the world as Mahatma. Read full book review >