Search Results: "The Wundershop"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ANIMATED TALE OF BENJAMIN BUNNY by Beatrix Potter
written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, developed by The Wundershop
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2012

"Though not quite the equal of Loud Crow's spectacular Beatrix Potter adaptations, this does give the tale a fresh reboot—respectful enough to retain the full text with its corporal punishment and smoking references. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
Benjamin leads his sick cousin Peter into another traumatic outing to Mr. McGregor's garden in this cozy if not quite streamlined digital rendition of the 1904 classic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE by The Onion
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"A grab bag well worth dipping into and a testament to the still-thriving art of book design."
The irreverent crew from the long-running satirical newspaper and website present a compendium of mock encyclopedia entries, lavishly illustrated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"Delightfully absurd musings on both everyday life and fantasy from an unusually creative mind."
Quirky, irreverent comic strips loaded with interesting and eclectic observations about the today's society. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 19, 2011

"The plot lurches from one surreal scenario to the next, but readers can really amp up the silliness if they've a mind to. (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
As customizable as they come, this tale of a wisecracking meatball on the run from a greedy chef can take longer to set up than to read through. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRST MURDER by The Medieval Murderers
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"The eighth annual round robin co-authored by well-known historical mystery writers Susanna Gregory, Bernard Knight, Karen Maitland, Ian Morson and Philip Gooden. Like the others (Hill of Bones, 2011, etc.), it's uneven but generally entertaining."
A play written in 1154 in hope of winning greater glory for Oseney Priory brings disaster in its long, long wake. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ANIMALS OF MOSSY FOREST by Alexandra Ball
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 2013

"A serene and enjoyable way to hone fine-motor and observation skills. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 1-5)"
A simple yet solid seek-and-find for toddlers and preschoolers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE 40s by The New Yorker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 6, 2014

"An absolute treat. Hopefully, the New Yorker will continue to publish such anthologies on other decades."
Make room on the bookshelf. The New Yorker's look at 1940s history, culture, literature and civilization is a book to be read, reread and savored. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DAY THE MUSIC STOPPED by The Juno Company
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2011

"Still, it's a brilliant concept and quite well done. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Juno and little brother Rai Rai travel to make-believe musical land Harmonia Springs, where they learn about music and how to appreciate it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WARRIOR STORY by We The Force Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2014

"A sanitized but action-packed rendition of the hero's early exploits. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 7-10)"
Elaborate video game graphics give this somewhat embroidered account of David's youth and battle with Goliath a melodramatic cast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS by The Story Mechanics
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 13, 2013

"Digital (in)activity slows down an already ponderous suspense yarn."
The often reworked World War I-era espionage classic re-emerges on a new, interactive media platform that somewhat dilutes its inherent drama and suspense. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WAKING PRINCE by The Story Elves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 3, 2012

"A grab bag of stories and storytelling-workshop elements, with lively, fluent prose and art that really deserves better plotlines. (iPad storybook/instructional app. 7-9, adult)"
Torrents of words and pictures, plus ingenious software design, propel a more-or-less-linked pair of clever but half-baked tales. Read full book review >