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

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: ‘American Presidents and First Ladies’

While embedded videos and plentiful images offer a look at presidents in action, factual errors and typos mar this app. Title: American Presidents and First Ladies Author: Marc Schulman Developed by: Multieducator, Inc. Platform: iOS, requires 5.0 or later Version: 1.0 Price: $.99 Gr 5 Up-Every president from George Washington to Barack Obama is featured […]

‘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.

Review: ‘Trixie and Jinx’ by Dean Koontz

In Dean Koontz’s Trixie and Jinx golden retriever Trixie is forlorn when her best pal, Jinx, an adventurous dachshund, goes on a seaside vacation with his family.

Review: “The Gift” by Andrea J. Buchanan

Andrea J. Buchanan’s ‘Gift’ is an multimedia experience incorporating text, music, art, and video. It’s the first book with an “author-sanctioned” Minecraft map.

Review: ‘Fragile Earth’ for iOS

In addition to detailing the devastating effects of natural phenomena such as hurricanes and cyclones,the ‘Fragile Earth’ app also offers then-and-now aerial images of areas effected by urbanization, mining, and global warming.

An interactive Edgar Allan Poe collection for iOS

If it’s atmospheric you’re looking for, the ‘iPoe’ app doesn’t disappoint. As the developer promises, “music, illustration and interactivity…invite you to dive into the darkest corner of the human soul.”

Review: ‘Horton Hatches the Egg’

He sat on the egg for 51 weeks and has been on lists of children’s favorite books for more than 60 years. Title: Horton Hatches the Egg Author: Dr. Seuss Developed by: Oceanhouse Media, Inc. Platform: iOS, requires 3.1 or later; Android 2.1 and Up; Nook Version: 1.08; 1.23.4 Price: $4.99; $2.99 Nook version PreS-Gr […]

Byron Barton’s ‘Boats’ for iOS

From ferries to cruse ships, vessels of every size and purpose are introduced in Byron Barton’s beloved ‘Boats’ now available on the iPad.

Review: ‘Going to the Construction Site with Daddy’

Going to the Construction Site with Daddy is a Piccolo bookshelf app. Piccolo apps are available in five languages and make great additions to bilingual classrooms. To learn more about bookshelf apps, and some of Piccolo’s other titles, start here. If it’s vehicles your young readers and listeners are interested in, you might also want […]