The Very Itchy Bear by We Are Wheelbarrow PTY LTD

The Very Itchy Bear is the third picture book to follow Nick Bland's print title, The Very Cranky Bear, about four animal friends who just want to find a nice, dry place to play cards on a rainy day. In the 2nd book, The Very Hungry Bear, each animal tries to placate the angry (and hungry) bear in hopes of sharing his cave. This book takes the bear (and the reader) away from the familiar cave and animal friends. Bland's storytelling style and gorgeous illustrations are still a highlight in this title, though, published in print in the UK in 2011. In fact, I think this is my favorite app, so far in the series.

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The Very Hungry Bear by We Are Wheelbarrow PTY LTD

This delightful storybook app is a sequel to Nick Bland's 2008 print title, The Very Cranky Bear, about a zebra, moose, lion and sheep who just want to find a nice, dry place to play cards on a rainy day. In this book, each animal once again tries to placate the angry (and hungry) bear in hopes of sharing his cave.

In the end, it is the humble sheep who has the most brilliant idea. The others try to ingratiate themselves into the bear's good graces but Sheep is generous in a way that gives of himself. Light interactivity and perfectly timed animated elements create a wonderful storytelling experience in digital.

Highly recommended!

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The Very Cranky Bear by We Are Wheelbarrow PTY LTD

"In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a cold and rainy day, four little friends found a perfect place to play," begins this delightful animated tale. Based on Nick Bland's 2008 print title about a zebra, moose, lion and sheep who just want to find a nice, dry place to play cards on a rainy day.

Each animal tries to placate the angry bear in hopes of sharing his cave. But they assume the bear would want what they want (a beautiful mane like the lion, great antlers like the moose or stripes like the zebra). In the end, it is the humble sheep who has the most brilliant idea and generous sacrifice to make, on behalf of the bear's true comfort.

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Bizzy Bear Builds a House by Nosy Crow Limited

This original book from Nosy Crow is based on a series of print 'toddler' board books, first published in 2011 and featuring the adorable illustrations by Benji Davies. Children will love assisting Bizzy as he helps out on a building site in this 2nd Bizzy Bear book app - see Bizzy Bear on the Farm for the first app in this series. Interactivity and character dialogue is driven by the reader, including lots of variety and room for open-ended exploration. In order for this cute cub to complete his chores, readers will need to help him by moving building supplies, digging, hammering, and much more.

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Bizzy Bear on the Farm by Nosy Crow Limited

This original book from Nosy Crow is based on a series of print 'toddler' board books published in 2011 and features adorable illustrations by Benji Davies. Children will love assisting Bizzy as he helps out on the farm. Interactivity and character dialogue is driven by the reader, including lots of variety and room for open-ended exploration. In order for this cute cub to complete his chores, readers will need to help him by feeding the pigs, herding sheep, collecting eggs, picking apples and much more.

Although this app is no fairy tale, it does have many things in common with Nosy Crow's other two book apps (Cinderella & The Three Little Pigs). It is polished and solidly made, Read more …

The Land of Me - Story Time by Made in Me Ltd.

This book app is one of the finest examples of digital storytelling to come across my tablet in a long time. It is beautifully made, created by The Land of Me. Upon opening it, readers are greeted by a scene with a serious but loving storyteller in the form of Granny Olive and three juveniles: a bear named Buddy Boo, a raccoon named Eric and a bird named Willow. This wise old tortoise will have your child as enthralled as her three charges, the minute you open this app. It is lovingly detailed, solidly built and thoughtfully tailored to its target audience of ages 2-6+.

While the stories in this app are very short (barely 2 minutes long), there is enormous replay value, since there are Read more …

Auryn HD - Teddy's Day by Auryn, Inc

This book is a favorite in our house! It is a story about a little girl that wants to find out if her teddy bear is actually coming alive and doing things when she's asleep or at school. So she hides watching him, page by page, saying "I'm gonna catch you" until eventually she finds him with honey on his lips at the end of the book.

This is a very cute story appropriate for the youngest of kids and yet touching in a way parents will enjoy, too. The narration is a little girl's voice, but still clear and easy to listen to. Each page highlights some of the interactive elements, which include animations, music and many extras like a puzzle and even a coloring page that let's you post your Read more …

Nothing Ever Happens at the South Pole by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

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Paddington Bear by Harper Collins Publishers Limited

This app is based on the first book in the classic Paddington series, published in 1958 by Michael Bond. It tells the story of how the little bear came into the lives of Mr. & Mrs. Brown at Paddington Station in London and his many adventures. This digital translation features the full story, along with lots of enhancements to engage a wired generation. Hints guide young readers to explore R.W. Alley's classic illustrations for light animation and interactive sound effects, giving this retelling a modern feel without losing any of the original story's charm.

As a digital book, this title is solidly made with easy navigation and ample settings. Page turning is by simple arrows and text Read more …

Pooh's Birthday Surprise by Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications

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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 …

A Bear Ate All The Brussels Sprouts by Bite Studio Limited

A Bear Ate All The Brussels Sprouts is a wonderful interactive book app about a little boy and some tall tales at dinner time. Little Timmy claims several wild animals have eaten all his least favorite foods ... that is until his mom threatens no dessert (because it was eaten by imaginary animals, too). Told in delightful rhyme with attractive original illustrations, this book will please both adults & kids with its light animation, creative interactivity and whimsical story.

The interactive elements were a hit with my little boy, but also reinforced the storyline. The bear (that ate the brussels sprouts) sits in a thought bubble and gobbles up sprouts if you flick them off Timmy's Read more …

Just My Friend and Me - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Just My Friend and Me by Mercer Mayer is one of the main series of Little Critter titles, published in print in 1988. In this title, Little Critter asks to have a friend over for a playdate at his house. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 19 of the little mice, 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 in this Read more …
The Berenstain Bears' BIG Bedtime Book by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The Berenstain Bears' BIG Bedtime Book was published in print in 2008, and is a great value in digital, featuring six stories from Mrs. Grizzle, the Berenstain bears' babysitter. The stories she tells the cubs are fun twists on familiar fairy tales, starring the bears themselves. The titles included are: 

1. The Three Little Cubs and the Big Bad Pig

2. Goldibear and the Three People

3. The Gingerbread Bear

4. The Three Billy Goats Gruff Meet the Bogg Brothers

5. The Little Red Hen

6. Little Red Grizzly Hood

Each story is under ten minutes on auto play, making all six great for bedtime reading, even for shared storytime. There are also lightly interactive elements that add both fun and Read more …

The Berenstain Bears’ Really Big Pet Show by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Really Big Pet Show is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2008. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

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The Berenstain Bears: Safe and Sound! by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Safe & Sound is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2009. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

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The Berenstain Bears Lose A Friend by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Lose a Friend is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2007. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

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The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

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I Love You All The Time by Cookie Bear Press, Inc.

With Goodnight Moon, the most read bedtime board book of all time now an app, it stands to reason Cookie Bear Press would jump on the bandwagon as well with their own 1999 classic I Love You All the Time. My twins were born in 2002 and I got a copy of this book with the bright red cover and big heart as a shower gift. I don't remember much from those intensely sleep deprived years, but I do remember reading this book over and over.

This sugar sweet bedtime affirmation by authors Jessica Elin Hirschman and Jennifer Elin Cole has made the transition from paper to pixels rather well. The simplicity of the original is carried over. This is a bedtime story so everything is low key and Read more …

Laloo the Red Panda by Laloo LLChttp://laloo.us/

An adorable little red panda cub who loves bugs stars in this story, which includes lots of action and suspense as little Laloo gets trapped by a poacher and then makes friends (including many new bugs) on his long journey home. Many insect species are also highlighted in the story, along with great information about the culture and natural environment of East Asia. Subtle but engaging interactive elements are well-crafted, although hints for some of them would be a nice addition.

The red panda (Ailurus fulgens, or shining-cat), is a small arboreal mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China, with fewer than 10,000 adults of the Read more …

Not Without Bear by appropo llc

This adorable title is perfect for very young children, based on the lift-the-flap edition printed in 2000. The illustrations and text combine beautifully as the reader gets to search on each page for the little girl's teddy bear. The girl in the story, Audrey, likes to do lots of things ... but not without bear, providing youngsters fun interactivity and a topic close to most kids hearts.

Great narration, by author Anna Grossnickle Hines, includes all but the final sentence ... 'but not without Bear' on each page until the reader taps to find Bear hidden. The app has simple, arrow page-turning and an easy-to-read font (although no highlighting as narrated). Background music is Read more …

Elly Book 10 by Dipali Vaidya

This is a winter/holiday themed title from the popular Elly book series from Jon Higham. It is perfect for both pre-readers and learner readers, with simple but engaging text (although it does not highlight as narrated). Elly is a sweet character with lots of forest friends that help her out in every episode. In this title, Elly meets a polar bear that needs help getting back home. All the friends work to help the lost bear find his way and in the end the whole group gets to travel to see the northern lights. Featuring light animation & simple interactivity, this is a great title for bedtime or anytime for ages 2-6. Featuring lovely narration by Rose Higham and a simple, but well-made Read more …

The Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This is a delightful title from Oceanhouse Media with unique interactivity, based on the print book published recently, in 2011. Like other omBooks, this title has light interactivity that lets readers tap any image to hear & see the word, reinforcing visual connections for young readers. For fans of the beloved Berenstain Bear family this holiday book app will be a treasured Christmas treat. Flexible settings, highlighting word-by-word with narration, great illustrations & sound effects make this a top-notch choice for holiday reading. You can even record your own voice reading the story! This is a holiday classic that makes the digital transition look effortless.

Recommended!

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The Berenstain Bears Go Out to Eat by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Go Out to Eat is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, first published in print in 2009. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

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The Berenstain Bears and the Tooth Fairy by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Tooth Fairy is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2012. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

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The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This is a delightful title from Oceanhouse Media with unique interactivity, based on the print book published in 2007. Like other  omBooks, this title has light interactivity that lets readers tap any image to hear & see the word, reinforcing visual connections for young readers. There is also additional interactivity, in the form of 'lift-the-flap' areas on every page. Find hidden things, open doors and much more! For fans of the beloved Berenstain Bear family this holiday book app will be a treasured Christmas treat. Flexible settings, highlighting word-by-word with narration, great illustrations & sound effects make this a top-notch choice for holiday reading.

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The Big Brag - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

A rabbit and a bear are full of their own importance, bragging to each other about their superior abilities in this digital edition of a classic Dr. Seuss book, from Oceanhouse Media. The original print title, Yertle the Turtle and other stories contained three tales and was published in 1958. This tale is essentially about vanity and being overly competitive.

The rabbit claims that his hearing is so good, he can hear the tiny cough of a fly on a hill 90 miles away. Not to be outdone, the bear claims it's his nose that makes him superior to the rabbit. "I can smell twice as far as you hear," claims the bear, saying he can smell 600 miles away, where a hummingbird egg has just Read more …

The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Influence by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. The Bad Influence is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2008. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

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The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The beloved family of bears helps out with a ‘Ghost Walk’ (basically a ‘Haunted House’) that is being held at the cubs school as a fundraiser. You’ll find lots of wholesome fun in this cute and slightly scary title. Papa bear needs Mama to reign in his enthusiasm at times, but in the end he is the one who has nightmares! Lightly interactive and nicely narrated with OM book format.

This title is one of over a dozen titles briefly reviewed for a special post, "Enhanced Spookiness! Top 10 iPad Book Apps for Halloween"


Rosie: Yellowstone's Most Famous Bear by Max Waugh

Rosie: Yellowstone's Most Famous Bear is a truly breathtaking digital book. Not many iPad/iPhone books are just made of photos, but this book, by wildlife photographer Max Waugh, is really delightful. The photos follow Rosie, a bear that lives in Yellowstone near the Roosevelt area. This bear is one of several over the years to be called Rosie, and visitors to the park love to sight her and her cubs.

The book begins with a large footprint. My son was captivated. Who made this print, we wondered together. I asked him, "Was it a person?" "No!" he said, laughing at my silliness. After photos of a bison & an otter, we come upon the maker of the footprints ... Rosie! The book explains her 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.

Recommended.

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The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Papa tries to find the perfect tree for the family for Christmas ... but so many other creatures live in the tree that he doesn't want to take away their home. In the end, the family finds a new way to celebrate ... A heartwarming and original tale perfect for holiday reading with young children. This OM Books title, from Oceanhouse Media, features the original illustrations from the print edition of this classic with light enhancements including images that say their name with a light tap, highlighting word-for-word with narration and great sound effects. A great family-friendly title for seasonal reading with a focus on biblical lessons.

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The Berenstain Bears Hug and Make Up by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Hug and Make Up is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2006 after an earlier 1992 publication date. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

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The Berenstain Bears Computer Trouble by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Computer Trouble is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, first published in print in 2010. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

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Snowpo: The Trip for Fish and Chips by Tinkertanker

Snowpo: The Trip for Fish and Chips is a short but sweet book app for kids ages three and up with unique interactivity. It is the story of a very hungry polar bear who has a hankering for fish and chips. What better way to satisfy such a craving than flying off to London to sample the local fare? Snowpo does get into a bit of hot water along the way, but this is a fun tale overall. The storyline has a nursery rhyme quality about it, told in simple but solidly written verse to match the cool, retro-looking artwork.

This digital book also offers crisp narration that highlights word-for-word, pairing nicely with the polished illustrations. The images have a cartoon-like quality that kids will Read more …

The Berenstain Bears Learn to Share by Oceanhouse Media

The Berenstain Bears Learn to Share by Stan & Jan Berenstain was published in print for the first time in 1992.  This version has the addition of Mike Berenstain as an author and was re-published in 2010 as part of the Christian-themed Living Lights series with a focus on faith. This book focuses on sharing - from 2 Corinthians 9:7: For God loves a cheerful giver. The Living Lights series is designed to "help children learn how God wants them to live every day."

Sister Bear tells this story, about how she has lots of playthings she doesn't like to share but that sometimes it's more fun to play with someone else. She finds Brother Bear and lots of friends to organize into a Read more …

The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Battle by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Battle by Stan & Jan Berenstain was published in print for the first time in 1993. In this title Sister & Brother bear argue about bedtime with their parents, sluggishly picking up toys while whining about how unfair things are. Even when Father Bear tries to get the cubs to join in a race to pick up their room, the children are sullen and uncooperative.

In print, the title has received mixed reviews, including several on Amazon.com that point out that unlike many of the other Berenstain Bears' books, this one doesn't seem to have a clear moral. The young bears seem to win in the end, wearing their parents out rather than a typical ending where the whole Read more …

The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors by Oceanhouse Media

The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors by Jan & Mike Berenstain was published in print in 2009.  it's part of the Little Lights Berenstain Bear series that "helps children learn how God wants them to live every day." This book has as its central message the need to be good neighbors and appreciate people for their actions, not their appearances.

This book received mostly good reviews for the print version at Amazon.com. There was one review that does point out a slight inconsistency, though. If you (or your child) are fans of the whole series of Berenstain Bears books, it should be noted that in this book the history of the Bogg Brothers is bit overlooked. The brothers are Read more …

Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Children's Classic Stories by KwiqApps by KwiqApps Inc.

This book, for iPhone/iPad, is based on one of the most popular English language folktales. Goldilocks and the three bears has been beloved by many children and their parents for over a century, at least. When I went to get the itunes link for this book, I had to sort through dozens of other versions of Goldilocks. I have not seen them all, but this ebook is a nice version if you are looking for good storytelling with a tiny amount of animation. The book is not interactive, but sticks to the familiar version of the story in a way that young children will enjoy and older kids (6-10) might like as a book to read by themselves.

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Over in the Jungle by Dawn Publications

Over in the Jungle is a beautifully illustrated book app based on the print title published in 2007. Author Marianne Berkes weaves a simple but sweet story about jungle animals over ten pages, counting one-by-one until by all the animal babies have been found. This well-crafted tale, told in rhyme, is delightful and can be read aloud, narrated (with highlighting) or even sung to young listeners.

As lovely as the story is, the illustrations are even better! Beautiful colors depict diverse creatures from monkeys to insects with light interactivity and animation. The jungle comes alive with Jeanette Canyon's original creations. Music is also lovely as an addition to this multi-media app, Read more …

Duck, Dog & Bear Go to Africa by TaleSpring LLC

This is the story of Duck, Dog and Bear traveling in Africa where they meet new animals such as a monkey, elephant and giraffe. The story is 16 pages of single sentences written in rhyme and targeted to children two to four years old. The app is narrated on each page when a button is pushed and illustrations are manipulated by hitting the "tap" button. The app has music, but minimally. Pages can be moved forward or backward by tapping the page arrows, swiping left or right or by choosing from the page selection.

There are two ways to approach this app. The first is to view it as more of an iBook since that medium usually offers fewer features and relies more on the story as a selling Read more …