From stardust to remote galaxies, this month’s app standouts look toward the heavens.
Author William Joyce and his creative partner, Brandon Oldenburg, aren’t exactly the kind of guys who play it by the book. Their wildly successful, Oscar-winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore was first a film (“We wanted a calling card to prove we could animate at Moonbot Studios”), then an app, next a [...]
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, represents [...]
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: Tove Jansson
English Translation [...]
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
PreS-Lush artwork in a variety of media provides the background for this gentle bedtime story. Employing [...]
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
Gr 5 Up-Every [...]