Search Results: "Small Planet Digital"


BOOK REVIEW

DRAGON BRUSH by John  Solimine
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2012

"With its distinctive look, a great drawing element that's actually appropriate to the story and a moral that values cleverness over power, Bing-Wen's app is as rare and magical as the dragons he loves to paint. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
The story of a magical dragon brush that can bring painted objects to life casts its own spell. Read full book review >

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HOOVER'S BRIDE by David Small
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"As usual, Small displays both sharp wit and a lively imagination, but this is flat next to his other books, which are mostly about the value of being different rather than its perils. (Picture book. 6-8)"
More rhymed foolery from Small (George Washington's Cows, 1994, etc.), with an ending that may seem cold-hearted to some, and subtexts that don't bear too much scrutiny. Read full book review >

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STITCHES by David Small
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Graphic narrative at its most cathartic."
Emotionally raw, artistically compelling and psychologically devastating graphic memoir of childhood trauma. Read full book review >

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A MOMENT IN TIME by Bertrice Small
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"More popular diddly-squat, quite popular, from Small (Lost Love Found, 1989, etc.)."
Romantic twaddle that Small easily spins, with fantasy amid an airy narrative with the expected yodel of hyperventilating sex. Read full book review >

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RUBY MAE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY by David Small
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Sensible message; good fun. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A satirical parable, buoyed up by delicious visual whimsy. Read full book review >

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GEORGE WASHINGTON'S COWS by David Small
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Small (Ruby Mae Has Something to Say, 1992, etc.) may be on to a brand of you-were-there history that could yield some important understandings. (Fiction/Picture book. All ages)"
The night they drove poor George Washington into politics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELLO TO THE MOON! by Matchbook Digital
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 25, 2012

"The global-village theme has a lot of potential, but this rendering doesn't do it justice. A little more effort would go a long way. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
A lunar lesson about global community. Read full book review >

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CHOKKO'S ADVENTURES IN BIRDLAND by Siliq Digital
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 22, 2011

"A tasty confection, likely to tempt more than just its young target audience. (iPad storybook app. 5-8 and up)"
Set up by a separate but free prelude app, the first episode of a projected four sends two intrepid chocolate drops (one white, one brown) to Bird Island on a feather-finding expedition. Read full book review >

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GULLIVER IN LILLIPUT by Jonathan Swift
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2011

"Fix that, and the developers will have an app worthy of repeat visits. (iPad storybook/game app. 6-9) "
Younger video gamers will feel right at home in this abridged rendition's elaborately animated environment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LEGEND OF JOHN HENRY by Terry Small
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A rendition with the power, if not the distinctive style, of Ezra Jack Keats's John Henry (1965). (Folklore/Picture book. 8-11)"
Once again, Man measures himself against Machine, with results both tragic and triumphant. Read full book review >

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THE PRESIDENCY OF RICHARD NIXON by Melvin Small
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1999

"A valuably fair assessment, which avoids the extremes of rehabilitating Nixon and vilifying him."
Small (History/Wayne State Univ.) renders a carefully balanced assessment of a complex but accomplished and important president. Read full book review >