November 18, 2017

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The Voyages of Aladdin and Sinbad | Touch and Go

A thieving villain, a stolen lamp, faraway worlds, and intrigue on the high seas—what more could adventure seekers desire? Here’s an app that offers readers and listeners all that—and introduces them to characters from classic literature.

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” |Touch and Go

Behind Heuristic Media’s stunning app of “The Tempest” is the actor Ian McKellen, who with his business partner Richard Loncraine, has plans to release an app for each of Shakespeare’s 37 plays.

“Moonbeeps” from Moonbot | Touch and Go

Moonbot Studios latest series of apps celebrates old-fashioned play—with a digital twist, of course.

Apps for Nature Lovers | Touch and Go

Viewers will delight in these two immersive, introductory apps from Bright World eBooks offering up-close and panoramic views of watery environments and their denizens.

Small in a Big World | Touch and Go

In an Eric Carle-like world of gentle creatures, a colorful cast of animals help Milli discover what it is that snails do best.

CHOMP On This App | Touch and Go

It’s hard to imagine an app that can rival Chistoph Niemann’s Petting Zooin novelty and engagement. There’s now a contender.

Wordplay on the iPad | Touch and Go

Three apps that offer children opportunities to experiment “with the way letters combine to form words” are reviewed.

Charlie and Lola: Back in Town | Touch and Go

Lauren Child’s beloved characters and her distinctive line-and-collage art illustrations can be found in books— both picture and easy chapter—on television, and now on digital devices.

Dancing to the Toca Boca Beat | Touch and Go

Apps designed with kids in control as co-creators are becoming more and more popular. Toca Boca’s latest production, Toca Dance, hands the choreography and wardrobe selection over to children.

Opera Notes: Apps | Touch and Go

“Introducing opera to a child can be daunting,” comments SLJ reviewer Pam Schembri. Two apps from DADA Company give it a try.

The Digital “Shakesperience” | Touch and Go

Share these digital resources with thespians and students of Shakespeare during National Poetry Month.

DNA Play | Touch and Go

While genetics is a topic generally taught in secondary schools, an app from Avokiddo introduces the concept of DNA, and mutability, to a younger audience.

Kings, Queens, & Castles on the iPad | Touch and Go

Two deep and highly engaging illustrated apps bring European history—from notes on royal scandals to video clips on how to catch a rat—to the iPad.

Can You Really Afford This Manor? Downton Abbey on the iPad

“Downton Abbey” withdrawals? While movies, books, and even travel recommendations have been made for those experiencing the symptoms, there’s always the Downton iOS option. But buyers beware; can you really afford this abbey?

Diversity in Apps | A Movement Grows

Sandhya Nankani and Kabir Seth, the founders of two independent app companies, teamed up to push the children’s digital media industry toward a “larger commitment to diversity.” In 2015, Diversity in Apps (DIA) was born.

All About Dinosaurs | Touch and Go

A new app on dinosaurs from Y Factory is reviewed.

Five Million Robots and Counting: A Developer Grows in Brooklyn

“Sparking curiosity and making connections to the world” are key to Tinybop’s mission. Today, the Brooklyn developer released Weather, its ninth app celebrating exploration and play.

All Aboard DADA Trains | Touch and Go

Chances are that if you know any children, you know some that are fascinated with trains. Here’s an interactive app that will put them behind the control panels.

Wuwu & Co. | Touch and Go

At first glance, Merete Pryds Helle’s Wuwu &Co. appears to be one of those apps in which a soothing narrator reads a story. But when readers are told to “pick up the book,” a new level of interactivity is revealed.

Nosy Crow’s “Goldilocks and Little Bear”| Touch and Go

Nosy Crow, the developer known for its delightful—and quirky—contemporary remakes of classic folktales has just marked its fifth year in business with the release of another favorite children’s story.