Search Results: "Sneaky Sam Productions"


BOOK REVIEW

SNEAKY SAM by Josh Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2012

"Keep an eye on this kid; one can only hope he'll sneak his way into another story or two. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A brief but endearing tale about a mischievous little boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GORILLA BAND by Wasabi Productions
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"Slick graphics, decent interaction, solid storytelling, flawed story. (iPad storybook app, 3-7)"
Two reluctant music students join forces with several jammin' jungle musicians to form a band. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOON MAN DAN by Pickled Pepper Productions
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2014

"Waxing gibbous, waning crescent—that can wait. Who isn't happier imagining the moon snuggling under a comforter? (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
The phases of the moon don't just happen. They are the work of Moon Man Dan (or so says Pickled Peppers' snug application). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOR THE TERM OF HIS NATURAL LIFE by NoHo Productions App Team
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 11, 2012

"A ham-fisted multimedia adaptation of an otherwise absorbing tale of human endurance."
Marcus Clarke's sprawling Victorian saga of an innocent man exiled to an Australian penal colony suffers from a multimedia experience that manages to dilute attention rather than enhancing the original source material. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOST LARRY by Graham Nunn
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2012

"Clean, simple, seamless—just right for the nursery-school set or children with special needs. (iPad storybook/dexterity app. 1-3)"
A little green lizard will trail a fingertip home in this mini-Odyssey, the third of Larry's interactive outings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2012

"The fiddle music is just about the only element in tune in this humdrum effort. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A saccharine tale about a little girl and her animal friends is further marred by inharmonious narration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAM BAM by See Here Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2012

"Not the most inventive tale, but an earnest one that addresses the idea of respecting others' musical palates. Brandy fans will love it. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Rhythm-and-blues singer Brandy Norwood joins her brother and parents to tell an animated story about competing musical tastes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED & YELLOW'S NOISY NIGHT by Josh Selig
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"The book contains a worthy message but is disappointingly without nuance. For a more meaningful and engaging story about friendship, conflict and compromise, use Ribbit Rabbit by Candace Ryan, illustrated by Mike Lowery (2010). (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this adaptation of the animated short The Olive Branch: Sleep, Red wants to play his "strummy" loudly while Yellow wants to sleep—a situation that leads to a quarrel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MURDER AT MONTICELLO by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

Old sins indeed—a murdered corpse is discovered buried beneath the slave quarters on the grounds of Thomas Jefferson's storied home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PURRFECT MURDER by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"While the humans philosophize over the big issues, the pets steal the limelight in a transparent mystery that will still offer pleasure to fans of animal sleuths."
The battle over abortion rights may provide a motive for a rural Virginia murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HISS BEFORE DYING by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"This 27th meandering cozy from Brown and her feline co-author (Tall Tail, 2016, etc.) is cluttered with too many characters too sketchily drawn. Loyal fans may be chagrined to see the franchise menagerie reduced to little more than a furry Greek chorus."
Two modern murders with ties to the 18th century excite the interest of a Virginian busybody and her animal friends, though perhaps not many others. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CATCH AS CAT CAN by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 5, 2002

"Like its forebears (Claws and Effect, 2001, etc.): catnip to some, treacle to others."
Crozet, Virginia, divided equally between First Families who settled there soon after Pocahontas freed John Smith, weekenders from nearby Washington's diplomatic corps, and pets, livestock, and ferals who archly critique the resident humans, is gearing up for the Dogwood Festival and the Wrecker's Ball. Read full book review >