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Lunching on Sea Urchin, Abalone, and Clams


In ‘Otter on His Own,’ Doe Boyle’s lyrical text (Soundprints, 2002), Robert Lawson’s expressive illustrations, plus a few enhancements (Oceeanhouse Media, Inc.) deliver an informative, visually appealing app.

‘Where Do Balloons Go?’ Ask Jamie Lee Curtis.


Jamie Lee Curtis’s charming picture book ‘Where Do Balloons Go?’ (HarperCollins, 2000), gets the royal app treatment from Auryn, Inc.

Review: ‘Hush, Little Beachcomber’


Heading to the beach with your iPad? Don’t forget to download Dianne Moritz’s ‘Hush, Little Beachcomber’ and Stephen Huneck’s “Sally Goes to the Beach” for the kids.

Review: ‘A Garden for Pig.’ Kane Miller Enters the Digital Storytelling World

Garden for Pig

Kane Miller publishers has released a series of apps based on their international children’s titles.

Kane Miller Makes Some Noise with ‘Boom Bah!’

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Kane Miller publishers have been bringing outstanding international children’s titles to the attention of American readers for more than thirty years. Their list includes such favorites as Mem Fox’s Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, Taro Gomi’s Everyone Poops, Jae Soo Liu’s Yellow Umbrella, and more recently, Atinuke’s “Anna Hibiscus” series. Boom Bah!, first published in Australia, […]

Review: Tove Jansson’s ‘Moomin, Mymble and Little My’

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This app takes advantage of the iPad’s capabilities, incorporating sound, motion, and interactivity, while letting the story remain the focus. As our reviewer Cathy Potter points out, Jansson’s die-cut illustrations translate well to the digital format, and add to the story’s appeal. Title: The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My Author: Tove Jansson Illustrator: […]

Review: ‘Hello to the Moon’ Matchbook Digital Releases a Storybook App


Matchbook Digital, known for it’s stunning photographic presentations of animal life, has released its first storybook app. Audrey Sumser reviews it below. Title: Hello to the Moon! Narrated by: Steve Goulding Developed by: Matchbook Digital LLC Platform: iOS, requires 4.0 or later Version: 1.0 Price: $1.99 PreS-Lush artwork in a variety of media provides the […]

‘The Brooklyn Bridge,’ ‘The Parthenon,’ and The ‘Taj Mahal': Mikaya Goes Digital


In her “Wonders of the World” series (Mikaya Press), author Elizabeth Mann has been exploring humankind’s greatest architectural and engineering feats. Now those titles, known for their superb visuals and accessible texts, are available for the iPad.

‘That’s the One!’ and ‘Show Offs’ Multilingual Picture-Book Apps from Piccolo Books


These two apps from Piccolo Picture Books each offer listeners five language options. For additional multilingual choices from this developer, see our related posts. Title: That’s the One! Author: Petra Heezen Title: Show Offs! Author: Tjibbe Veldkamp Illustrator: Wouter Tulp ea. title: Developed by: Unieboek I Het Spectrum B. V. and Mobile Generation Platform: i […]

Review: ‘Sally Goes to the Beach’ by Stephen Huneck

Screen from 'Sally Goes to the Beach' (Huneck) Abrams/Trajectory, Inc.

With temperatures predicted to reach the mid 90s in New York today, I think Sally has the right idea. Title: Sally Goes to the Beach Author: Stephen Huneck Illustrator: Stephen Huneck Published by: Abrams, 2000 Developed by: Trajectory, Inc. Platform: iOS, requires 4.0 or later; Nook; Android, 2.2 and up Version: iOS, 1.0.4; Android 1.0.6 […]