Bats! Furry Fliers of the Night by Story Worldwide LLC

The vision for the touch tablet and education is beautifully realized in this non-fiction app about a fascinating mammal that has been a source of human fear and fantasy for generations. Aimed at older elementary school aged children, this app about bats is accessible to pre-readers too, with great narration and easy navigation hints.

Older readers, including adults will be enchanted with the stunning visual and sound effects and may even learn a thing or two along the way. Young learners will expand their knowledge about the only mammals to fly, different species of bats and their various community habitats. There is even a great section on how a bat's skeleton compares to a human's, Read more …

Night With Echo HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

Published in print in over the last decade, Eric and the Enchanted Leaf is a series of books by Deborah K. Frontiera. The stories are about a little boy who discovers a magic leaf that can transport (and transform) him to learn more about nature's misunderstood creatures. In the first book he learns about spiders, in the 2nd title he appreciates the wolf and in this slightly spooky volume, Eric joins a bat named Echo.

With all three now available in digital or print, this award-winning series can charm children and their parents for decades to come. Each title is also available (sold separately) in Spanish. This book, 3rd in the series, features a different illustrator than the first Read more …

A Troop is a Group of Monkeys by LITTLE BAHALIA PUBLISHING LLC

Little Bahalia Publishing's first book app, A Troop is a Group of Monkeys, is a short but sweet title featuring gorgeous illustrations with polished animation and well-crafted interactive elements. Each page has a different animal featured with the proper plural term for a group of each species. From a parliament of owls to a tower of giraffes, children will enjoy learning about the unique (and often comical) names for multiple creatures of any type. Among my child's favorites was the bloat of hippopotami and the quiver of cobras.

The story is simple, but well put together with subtle alliteration and nicely paced rhyming text. Colorful and engaging illustrations come to life with a Read more …

Mabell's Zoo - Interactive Counting Book by Brenda Long

Mabel's Zoo is a simple but lovely storybook app that explores familiar animals found in a zoo for the very youngest readers. Simple text, lacking grammatical polish, accompanies each patchwork scene. "Elephant gives rides to the birds", "Monkeys swing from vinces and each other" and "Tangs bring sunshine to the ocean" are typical phrases found in this book app, explaining to young listeners the basics of wildlife. Within the app's 10 pages (no pageguide), children will find the sounds and sights of many zoo animals. This is an app that is fun to explore and share with a young child, especially when teaching about the natural world and animals.


This app has been thoroughly Read more …

I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

I Had Trouble in getting to Solla Sollew - Dr. Seuss from Oceanhouse Media, was published in print in 1965, in the prime of his popularity. The story is about a 'carefree and young' character that lives without troubles until one day when he is attacked by creatures that bite and snap at him. Soon a 'One-Wheeler Wubble' arrives with some wisdom ... "Young fellow," he says, "what has happened to you has happened to me and to other folks, too. So I'll tell you what I have decided to do ... I'm off to the City of Solla Sollew on the banks of the beautiful River Wah-Hoo, where they never have troubles! At least, very few." According to Wikipedia:

"Solla Sollew is an Odyssey Read more …

The Witch With No Name HD by SlimCricket

My good friends know that I absolutely LOVE Halloween so a good witch or goblins story is always a favorite around here!  Developer Slim Cricket of France has put out an adorable 3D book app called The Witch With No Name. The quality of the graphics and animation are top rank and it reminds me a bit of Cinderella and The Three Little Pigs by Nosy Crow – it is that good!

Throughout the story you are able to touch the screen and fun animations and sound effects will keep the whole family entertained. For example, we come across a ghost hanging from the clothes line. When you touch him, he says “Boooo” and disappears. This is just one of the Read more …

Vlad's Vampire Bats by Frosby Designs Ltd.

Vlad is a Vampire with a fate as terrible as King Midas ... only Vlad turns everything into bats not gold. This makes poor Vlad very lonely. But love is in the air, even for our fanged-friend Vlad. One day he finds a beautiful girl vampire picking flowers in the woods and falls in love. The two turn his castle into a sanctuary for bats and live happily ever after ... a gentle ending for a book about vampires.

This title features fun computer-graphic style illustrations and a story that will warm even the coldest vampire heart. Animations are very slight, but satisfying. Interactive elements are nicely tied to the storyline (for the most part) and will have young readers eager to turn the Read more …

Jack and the Beanstalk by Nosy Crow by Nosy Crow Limited

Fans of fairy tales have flocked to Nosy Crow's beautifully produced apps since the launch of the Three Little Pigs app in early 2011. Jack and the Beanstalk follows in the same tradition as Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella, featuring familiar stories with humourous dialogue (in speech-bubbles, which kids love) and reader-driven features that make for an immersive reading experience. The Grimm aspects of this and the other tales are softened, so there is nothing especially scary, although the characters can be a bit 'sassy' or impertinent at times. This dry humor, coupled with Ed Bryan's beautiful artwork and seamless animation, are a winning Read more …

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