A Fine Musician by The Trustee for the Tokeru Trust

"On a very fine day, ratta tat ratta tat. With his drum and his hat, ratta tat ratta tat. He came into town and he walked down the street as he drummed out a beat ratta tat ratta tat," begins this enchanting musical storybook for the iPad. It captures the romance of a walled European city in its sepia pages with tidy narrow streets, people milling about, bicyclists and street vendors. Yet the whole book feels modern in its own way. If you tap the menu bar below any page, you can even see the whole book laid out, page against page.  Look closely and you will see that it connects into a complete picture of the musician's walk through this lively little village.

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123 Shape Up Number Town, Learn to Count by 123 Number Fun Pty Ltd

123 Shape Up Number Town is part of a series of app books by Jane Hague. This Australian series is set in a town with many interesting characters - all numbered. For instance there is Tilly Two herself and Policeman Ernie Eight. The main character of this story is Sally Seven the Sports Star who is trying to help the school children stay fit. 

One day, Sally Seven has an idea for a 'walking school bus' as a way for children to walk to school. They all meet - along with adult volunteers - to walk to school together the next morning. Sally also inspires the townsfolk to roller-skate, take karate and go bowling in this great story about physical fitness. The book also re-enforces Read more …

Highlights Monster Day: Play at Home Game for my Preschooler by Highlights for Children, Inc.

Welcome to Highlights Monster Day: Play at Home Game for my Preschooler. It's a new app in the Highlights education series, featuring games on every page that take young pre-readers on a journey from day to night. Fans of the magazine (packed with games, puzzles and articles for children) will not be disappointed in this digital offering. Monster Day is pure fun for pre-readers, while also being an exceptional wordless picture book in app form.

Monster Day is a hybrid between a game and a book. I could imagine it in print as a pop-up book without text. On the opening screen youngsters get to choose a monster "child" from five options. They will then find this cute creature asleep in Read more …

Walter's Flying Bus by Chosen and Dearly Loved

Walter’s Flying Bus is a storybook app inspired by the real-life art and dream of Walter and his friends, kids from a special need orphanage in Uganda. Walter is a special kid, orphaned and burned as a young boy. Despite a hard and difficult life, he stills manages to seek adventures and live his dream.

In "Walter's Flying Bus" by Chosen and Dearly Loved, LLCWalter finds an abandoned bus and together with the hopes and dreams of his friends, and a little work, the engine soon roars to life! The children realize their dreams are not only inspirational but they have the power to carry them to what they desire most, families that will love them forever.

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The Wrong Side of the Bed by See Here Studios

The Wrong Side of the Bed is a wonderful, original and beautifully illustrated ebook that is delightful in both 2D & 3D. The book is about a little boy who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. And I mean the REALLY wrong side of the bed as in under the bed, and then he walks on the ceiling. The book continues in this manner with Mott riding on the ceiling of the school bus and then flying into space before returning to earth at the end of the day. It ends with the little boy being very careful to get up on the right side of the bed the next morning.

When this book recently made our top 10 bedtime book list, I re-read it with my son and we discovered that the developer had added Read more …

Wheels on the Bus HD by Duck Duck Moose

This is an adorable little app under the category 'education' although it reads right through like a musical storybook. It also features a favorite song of many young children and their parents, "the wheels on the bus (go round and round)". It is an ideal title for children under 5, even as young as one or two.

The developer, Duck Duck Moose, is known for making quality children's apps. They have several wonderfully colorful, musical and educational titles in the app store and this one is no exception. It is well made and easy enough for a small child to use themselves. The interactivity is just right for young hands to master, while the animation & sound effects are both amusing and Read more …

Just Grandma and Me - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media

Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer was published in print in 1983. It is a beloved story about 'Little Critter' and a trip he takes with Grandma to the beach. He is a cheery companion as he 'helps' by washing the sand off her hot dog in the ocean. He also almost blows away with the beach umbrella and gets to bury Grandma in the sand. She shows good cheer and tireless patience with her favorite little guy.

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 Read more …

Petunia Pepper HD by PicPocket Books

Petunia is a loveable underdog right from the start of this great digital book based on the print title published in 2010. This little girl has had some seriously bad luck on picture day in the past, from puffy hair, missing teeth and even pink eye! So this year she prepares carefully, but you know what they say about the best laid plans? Things for Petunia definitely go awry but a surprise ending makes for a satisfying read for elementary age children.

As a digital offering this title is simply but solidly made with easy swipe-style page turning and a clear font that highlights along with the expressive narration. There is also some very light animation and a few story-related sound 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:

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Myro Arrives in Australia - Animated storybook 1 by NickRose Ltd

Myro Arrives in Australia by NickRose Ltd is a lovely storybook book app for your kids. Meet Myro, the the Smallest Plane in the World, in his new home in Australia and follow him on his first flying adventure in the endless skies of the Australian Bush!

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Myro Arrivs in Australia is the first book in the series of six adventures about Myro, the smallest plane in the world. It is a well designed storybook app that will delight your little ones. The app offers 32 pages with animations and interactive features and various reading modes - Read to me with top narration by Christopher Biggins and other great actors; read myself or if you prefer, record Read more …

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