A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, by Loud Crow, has taken book apps to a completely new level of sophistication! There’s so much to love about this app. From the opening screen, right to the end we were LOLing and smiling and were delighted when kids who didn’t know the characters were too!

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is the fourth Peanuts television special to be given an interactive spin from Loud Crow, an award-winning children’s interactive publisher based in Vancouver, BC. And believe you me, this is one app that will not disappoint!

Inside the app the pages are packed with Charlie Brown’s darling trials and tribulations. You’ll Read more …

Grandma, Grandpa, and Me - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Grandma, Grandpa and Me by Mercer Mayer is one of the new adventures of Little Critter, published in print in 2007. In this title, Little Critter is away on an over-night visit to his grandparents house. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 18 of the little mice and spiders, hidden on nearly every page.
 
Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal is Little Critter?" According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type of animal the Little Critter is, but, "he resembles a hedgehog, hamster or guinea pig." So, basically he's a rodent ... although a rather lovable one! Over 200 books have been released Read more …
The Fall Festival - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The Fall Festival by Mercer Mayer is one of the holiday-themed Little Critter titles, published in print in 2009 as part of the "New Adventures" series. The whole family is getting ready for a local festival in this book, detailing traditional activites from a fall country fair, like making apple cider, going on hayrides and even catapulting pumpkins . The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find 16 spiders and 16 little mice hidden with the illustrations of nearly every page.

Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal is Little Critter?" According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type of animal the Read more …

Harry Holstein Hits the Road by AugDog Software

This is an adorable story about a cow and the farmer who loves him. Farmer Geck thinks Harry, his Holstein cow, is the finest cow to walk the earth. He treats him well and enters him in many contests that bring Harry accolades and blue ribbons. Then he discovers Harry can talk, but what Harry tells him makes him sad. Harry really wants to see the world. So the farmer lovingly lets him go, even buying him a car!

Of course the world that Harry sees is interesting, but he isn't treated very well by many people. And when someone is nice to him, it just reminds Harry of what it felt like to be with Farmer Geck. Soon Harry is homesick. When he arrives back at the farm, Farmer Geck is Read more …

Smarty Britches: Verbs by Cyndie Sebourn

Created by Cyndie Sebourn, a former teacher, this app is part of a series of apps that focus on grammar and are aligned with common core state standards in the US. It is a solid education app, with all the enhancements that make a storybook engaging to digital natives. Each page contains a rich assortment of activities and interactive content, including Spanish translation for many parts of the story (under the phrase "secret language").

The first book in this series was Smarty Britches: Nouns. In this title we once again meet Wyatt, a young boy with a pair of colorful pants he calls his 'smarty britches'. Wyatt takes readers on a tour of his hometown in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. We Read more …

The Lettermen go to the Fair by SN Squared Limited

This fun digital storybook under the category "Education" is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. They are very appealing to kids and have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page.

This tale has the 'lettermen' going to the fair. The narration, a British English speaker, is crisp and clear. The Lettermen was a series of books created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in print in 1993. According to the information page in the book, "It was never intended to be an educational Read more …

Tractor Mac, You're A Winner HD by PicPocket Books

Tractor Mac is a charismatic red tractor with headlight eyes.  In "You're a Winner", based on the print book published by Billy Steers in 2007, Tractor Mac and Farmer Bill are getting ready for the county fair and a big tractor pull.  The illustrations and artwork are a perfect fit for this story about being a good sport when you don't win and instead 'winning' by being helpful.  In this story, the carousel breaks down, so even though Mac is disappointed when he loses the tractor pull, he gets to feel useful by using his motor to get the carousel turning again.  All the children are very happy and Mac realizes there are more ways to be a winner than just winning a Read more …

The Really Groovy Story of the Tortoise and the Hare by Beluga Limited

From Belugaboo Books, this app features a quirky twist on the familiar story about a race between the slowest and fastest creatures. The Really Groovy Story of the Tortoise and the Hare invites young readers to cheer along as perseverance pays off. Published in print in 2011, this fun tale is told in well-crafted rhyme by Kristyn Crow with Christina Forshay's richly drawn illustrations. The story is 'groovy', with fun dialogue that gives it a more modern feel, although it's a little bit more circa 1970, than 21st century.

The moral is intact from the traditional tale of the tortoise and the hare, along with hints of "country mouse, city mouse". A sporty hare is shown Read more …