Brave Rooney by Bacciz,LLC

Brave Rooney is an ordinary boy in an extraordinary situation. He goes to school in Magesticville, a place where everyone is a super-hero. But Rooney lives on the border with Normalville and is decidely not super at anything. The school even has to hire a school nurse for the first time, just for Rooney. No one had ever gotten sick before he attended. But despite his struggles to fit in, Rooney turns out to have one thing the other 'super' kids do not, making him a hero of sorts for a unique kind of bravery.

Featuring cute cartoon drawings and a storyline kids will love, this book app hits just the right balance between story and enhancements. It has light animations that highlight fun Read more …

Brave Rooney and the Super-Sized Superheroes - Soccer, Healthy eating, and more - Bacciz by Bacciz,LLC

Brave Rooney is an ordinary boy in an extraordinary situation. In this 2nd title by Bacciz Apps, about eating healthy, Rooney once again goes to school in Magesticville, a place where everyone is a super-hero. But Rooney lives on the border with Normalville and is decidely not super at anything. The school even has to hire a school nurse for the first time, just for Rooney. No one had ever gotten sick before he attended. But despite his struggles to fit in, Rooney turns out to have one thing the other 'super' kids do not, making him a hero of sorts for a unique kind of bravery. But then one day the other kids begin to get obsessed with a new game involving eating as much as anyone can Read more …

Wubbzy The Superhero by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC

Wubbzy’s fans ... A new, fun and interactive storybook app is now available - Wubbzy The Superhero by Cupcake Digital is another great adventure featuring Wonder Wubbzy and Flower Power Daizy. A top app packed with tap-and-play features and educational games!

Wubbzy’s Superhero is an interactive storybook app that will thrill all kids familiar with Wobbly and his friends. This time kids need to help Wonder Wubbzy and Flower Power Daizy to rescue a poodle in a poodle in a tree, find the lost key to Wuzzleburg and more in this madcap adventure. No job is too small or too big for the famous heroes.  A top story based on the the well known Emmy Read more …

The Mighty League Vol 1 - The Terrible Taunting - A Blackfish Children's Book by Customizabooks LLC

The Mighty League Vol. 1 — The Terrible Taunting is a great introduction to the way an individual with Asperger's Syndrome looks at the world. Its lesson about the need to stop bullying is so important and much-needed, and I am really glad Jonathan and Molly Murphy, with the help of their parents, used this interactive book app to raise awareness and teach great life lessons.  

The story follows JMan through an adventure at school.  As you move through the story, the words become red as they are spoken by the narrator, the real JMan.  I love this because it makes it easy for kids to follow along with the words.  There is only a limited Read more …

Kung Fu Robot by Propaganda3, Inc.

This graphic-novel style app presents an entirely unique and deeply engaging story for older readers, ages six and up. iTunes categorizes this app as 9+ for "Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence" but I tend to agree with this review from one of my favorite sites, SmartAppsforKids.com, by Heather Hetler: "Kung Fu Robot is violent by using nunchucks against chunky peanut butter and swatting away ninjas (from stealing his sandwich) with ninja spray (aka Dad's deodorant!) and a broom in the "Whack-a-Ninja" game. I think it's totally appropriate for even my almost-6 year old daughter."

"Kung Fu Robot has to save the world from ... from a kung-fu sized appetite!" This hip app story is Read more …

Theo and the Letter Eater by codemachine.it

Theo and the Letter Eater brings retro-space charm to a story about a strange creature that eats letters to learn to read. The star of the book is Theo, a little guy in a diving/flying costume that looks like a space suit from a 1950's sci-fi movie. When Theo gets an S.O.S. from the mayor, the little superhero must solve the mystery of the 'letter valley'. Letters seem to be disappearing from the vocabulary, making it difficult for people to talk properly.

So Theo sets out, diving in the ocean and then flying around the land to find the problem. He spots a strange creature taking bites out of the alphabet in the famed 'letter valley'. It turns out the creature, Briccolino, wants to learn to Read more …

Mabel & Lulu : The Real Life Adventures - An Interactive Children's Book for iPad by Apphaus Design Inc

"Mabel, LuLu, adventures right on que" sings this book as you open it. It's VERY catchy, like get-stuck in your head catchy. My son has been humming it all day. Two very cute dogs, Mabel & LuLu, are the main characters in these two stories, along with their 'mom' Beth-Anne. 

I say she's the mom because these dogs are definitely the type of pets that are people, even in real life I suspect. That's because Beth-Anne is the name of the developer and it's clear from reading her website that she lives, loves and maybe even daydreams story adventures about her two pups. I'm a cat person by nature, even a bit afraid of dogs sometimes, but I LOVED these two stories. They will appeal not Read more …

NedTheNeuron by Kizoom, Inc.

An exploration of the brain with a fun hero named Ned, this app for kids ages 7-11 is exceptional. It is great for both teaching about and inspiring a love of biological science in curious youngsters. Not many non-fiction books (in digital or print) can capture a child's imagination like this new title from Kizoom Labs. It includes detailed explanations, all narrated and including a glossary of scientific terms, making this app especially useful in academic settings. Light interactive & animated elements are fun and mostly informative, but not essential to enjoying or understanding the story.

I first discovered this app during the KickStarter campaign to support its creation. Read more …

Earth Dog Story by COMPLETE MARKETING LTD

This eco-storybook app is made with simple settings and very little enhancement beyond narration, however the story itself is a winning choice for reading in the classroom for Earth Day or any other "green" celebration. It can also make a good bedtime story, although it is rather heavy on message, to a degree that might feel dogmatic to some older readers. A small "i" appears on the cover page but is not active. Note too, that the final page encourages a trip to the developer's website, EarthDog.org, to read more stories and play on-line games; with a small tap of this screen, young readers will find themselves on the web quite easily, something parents and teachers may wish to avoid by Read more …

1000 Adventures - An interactive story book, with animals, robots, dinosaurs, pirates, princesses by DADA Company Edutainment S.L.

In 1000 Adventures by Dada Company, kids get to explore the depths of one little boy’s imagination while he goes on various adventures. Not only do children get to follow along with the story, they also get to help transform the scene into a fun and imaginative adventure. With lots of creative interactions, sound effects and an upbeat story, children will not want to miss out on any of the adventures in this app.

I love the little boy’s imagination and adventurous spirit in the app 1000 Adventures. He wakes up in the morning and announces he will go on 1000 adventures. Then his tale begins. Visiting his parents' room, the reader helps transform their Read more …

Kung Fu Panda 2 Storybook by FrogDogMedia LLC

This app version of the movie, "Kung Fu Panda 2," is a visually beautiful book on the iPad.  It captures all the major plot points from the movie while doing a nice retelling of Po "living his dream as the Dragon Warrior protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, the Furious Five". For fans of the Kung Fu Panda movies, this iPad book version will be a fun trip through all their favorite scenes.

This book is not animated or interactive, but instead a true 'storybook' in digital form, with a clean, easy to read font and delightful narration featuring authentic voices of the characters in the movie. I particularly like these storybooks as a Read more …

Megamind by FrogDog Media

This app version of the Dreamworks movie Megamind (2010) is a visually beautiful book on the iPad. It captures all the major plot points from the movie while doing a nice retelling of the story of super-villain Megamind as he kills his nemesis, Metro Man. Then he needs a new challenge, so he creates a new villain, Titan. This gives Megamind the opportunity to become the hero for the first time in his life. For fans of the movie, this iPad book version will be a fun trip through all their favorite scenes.

This book has a small silver diamond that appears when in "read to me" mode only.  Tap this button and a short audio clip plays.  There are a few animated Read more …

The Amazing Adventures of Eco Boy by Lana Sultan

This is a short and informative ebook app about recycling. The little boy in the story is distressed to find his local park covered in trash, so he convinces his friends & neighbors to help him put up recycling bins to clean up the earth. He becomes 'Eco Boy' with cape, mask and superhero outfit. The park gets cleaned up, recycling is sorted and "the mission to keep planet earth greener and cleaner" becomes the boy's passion. A final page also has more information about recycling in simple terms that children can understand.

The book has cartoon-style illustrations that are clear and easy to explain to the youngest of kids. The book is also nicely narrated by a British English speaker. Read more …

Ben 10 Science Friction- Kids' Book by FrogDogMedia LLC

This title is based on the Cartoon Network animated series "Ben 10" that began in 2005.  It is about "Ben Tennyson, who finds a device called the Omnitrix, which allows him to transform into 10 different alien heroes," according to the extensive fan site set up for all things "Ben 10" (see link in synopsis for Wikia).  Originally, Ben was a pre-teen, but in the part of the series that "Science Friction" happens, Ben is a teenager.  This iPad book is based on a comic book that was published in 2010, following 16 year old Ben & his friends.

Not being familiar with this series, in any of its many forms,  I had a hard time following the story.  So, if you have also Read more …

Ben 10 Triple Threat - Children's Book by FrogDogMedia LLC

This title is based on the Cartoon Network animated series "Ben 10" that began in 2005.  It is about "Ben Tennyson, who finds a device called the Omnitrix, which allows him to transform into 10 different alien heroes," according to the extensive fan site set up for all things "Ben 10" (see link in synopsis for Wikia).  

Originally, Ben was a pre-teen, but in the part of the series that "Triple Threat" happens, Ben is a teenager.  This iPad book is based on a comic book that was published in 2010, following 16 year old Ben & his friends. See synopsis for more details.

Not being familiar with this series, in any of its many forms,  I had a hard time following the Read more …