It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, from Canadian app developer Loud Crow Interactive, is a universal app and an adaptation of the classic Halloween story from Charles M. Schulz. If you are looking for a slice of Halloween nostalgia you need look no further. It has the orignal music, artwork and dialog from the TV Special and is narrated by Peter Robbins the original voice of Charlie Brown.  You can switch the narration off, and control the background music level independently. The words are highlighted as it is read, and touching individual words makes them be spoken too.

The app opens to a old record player playing a record of the soundtrack and you then open a book to Read more …

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This story is great for year-round storytelling, emphasizing the message that being different can be a good thing. It’s about a square pumpkin that is sad at first because he can’t roll like the round pumpkins in the patch. But then a storm comes and being square has its advantages. After the storm, Spookley is celebrated instead of ridiculed for his difference.

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

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"


Go Away, Big Green Monster! for iPad by Night & Day Studios, Inc.

Ed Emberley's classic print title from 1992 is spelendidly represented in app form, making the original 'die-cut' pop-up style title as relevant for today's children as those who preferred the old school version. Each page, just like the original, takes the potentially scary 'monster' and deconstructs each element, giving children the delightful experience of conquering their night-time fears.

First appear the eyes, then nose and teeth, breaking down the elements of children's fears about monsters in a fun and colorful way. A whole new digital generation can now confidently say, "Go Away, Big Green Monster!" Features include the ability to have the story narrated by Ed Emberley himself, or Read more …

KidsMag Halloween Special Edition by Portegno SA

This app contains a short but cute storybook about two kids (Teo & Bianca) who explore their basement to find costume materials – with scary and funny results. Beyond the story, you’ll find an exceptional assortment of extras. It has puzzles, spot-the-dot, coloring pages, sequencing/matching activities and much more than I can even list. 5-Star extras in this & every edition of “KidsMag”!

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

Mickey's Spooky Night Puzzle Book by Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications

This is a cute, short title from Disney Digital Books, featuring puzzles and hidden ghosts alongside a cute story. Mickey is looking for his pirate costume in the attic with some spooky results. Mickey’s other Disney friends join him by the end of this tale. Includes recordable narration and other intuitive settings. Children are treated to light animation after completing each puzzle.

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



Violet and the Candy Thief - Interactive Halloween Storybook by Black Dog Books, LLC

In this new adventure about a little girl who has an alter-ego she calls “Phantom Girl”, readers have a new mystery to solve. Who is eating all the candy? Children will love exploring this interactive gem of a book. It features very light animation paired with great storytelling and a charming main character. There’s lots to play with in this sort-of scary & super-fun read!

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

Amelia and Terror of the Night by OhNoo Studio

From OhNoo Studio, Amelia and Terror of the Night is one of the most animated and interactive apps I have seen this year. It definitely will 'Wow' you the minute you begin the app and children are likely to disappear with your tablet, the minute you show it to them. The app even uses motion to let the reader explore the edges of every page and has tons of games hidden within the story. The book has a 'lift the flap' quality that brings something fun and innovative to every page. There are even adorable bugs that you can tap and hold to see them squirm - something hard to resist for both young and old alike.

The interactive elements are primarily in the form of several sections of Read more …

What was I Scared of? - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This is a great year-round ‘scary’ story to share with children of all ages. It has the classic appeal of Dr. Seuss, including whimsical illustrations, a great narrated story plus light interactivity – all based on the OM platform from Oceanhouse Media. An empty pair of pants terrifies the main character but brings a lesson about both fear and tolerance.

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

Tilly Witch - Don Freeman's classic Halloween story book for kids (iPad version, by Auryn Apps) by Auryn, Inc

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Elly Book 9 by Dipali Vaidya

Elly is a little reindeer with cute woodland friends. This series of books is very simply made with one sound effect to trigger on most pages. The stories are great for preschoolers, with appealing cartoon graphics. In this episode, Elly gets invited to a costume party with a spooky theme & has to decide on what to wear. Elly books are also now nicely narrated. 

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

Boo! HD by PicPocket Books

In this short, poem-like story we find gorgeous illustrations and a lyrical tale that celebrates all the traditional elements of Halloween. It has a simple interface with light animation & interactivity (mostly scary sound effects and sparkles around the moon). Also features lovely background music and text that highlights as read. A beautiful digital presentation by Gina Ricci.

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

Lula's Brew for iPad by Jacob Rhodes

Lula's Brew for the iPad (iPhone version also available), is a delightful read with wonderful narration by the author. This book is an original story and illustration from Ms. Dulemba, who has authored many other children's books, including, "Soap, Soap, Soap".

It is a good example of a title that brings all the fun of children's literature to the brilliant screen of the iPad without adding anything extra, just simple narration, which is optional and manual page turning (although auto-page turning would be a nice feature on future updates).

We thoroughly enjoy this book at bedtime, with or without the audio. It is also a wonderful example of books being published directly from Read more …

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really BIG Adventure by Egmont UK

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really BIG Adventure is an amazing digital offering, adapted from a 2009 award winning print title for readers age 4-8. It features small animated touches and fun interactivity. The real treat, though, can be found in Stephenson's gorgeous illustrations and story, narrated engagingly by Michael Maloney. In print, this book was shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book award and a winner of the Practical Pre-School Bronze medal.

The 5-star reviews at Amazon.com from readers just reinforce the book's literary reception. Charlie is a little boy with a wild imagination. He ventures into a scary castle to find a little princess having a Read more …

The Greebley Greebley by James Scanlon Pty. Ltd.

In this book, you’ll find a monster that you can design yourself and then see appear inside the story’s pages. It’s about a town famous for having it’s own monster, The Greebley. One day the townsfolk kick him out for being a nuisance, but they soon realize the town is not quite the same without their mascot. Light interactivity and nice background sounds, but no narration. Overally a well-crafted monster story, perfect for year-round reading.

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


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 …

Welcome to Monster Isle in 3D - A Peek 'n Play Story App by Mobad Games

Mobad Games has once again brought a 3D book app to the iPad for a storytelling adventure your child will not soon forget. It begins not unlike Gilligan's Island, with a group of innocent tourists going for a short boat tour. Lots of interactive elements and light animation enhance the story nicely, along with dozens of fun items to find. A detailed list of the hidden 'extras' can be found in the page-guide and includes pieces of the map of Monster Isle, which can then be viewed at the end of the story.

Settings for this title include the ability to turn hints on or off, silence the background music (a familiar tune from Mobad's previous apps plays that is nice enough, but on a Read more …

Boquitas: The Hunt for the Chupacabras by Lima Sky

This is a well-crafted storybook app about a family living with a pet chicken named Diva. After criticizing her sister's pet, Candela discovers that Cari's beloved chicken is missing! Could the legendary Chupacabra have gotten to her first? Even Abuela believes in the monster, so when the two sister and their brother Beto venture into the woods to save Diva, many surprises are in store.

This title features great animation, interactivity and music ... but it is not narrated. Available in both English and Spanish within the same app, it is still a great read to share with children or have them read by themselves. With lots of suspense, cartoon-like animations and an engaging storyline, this Read more …

Simone and the night's monsters by Simiula

Simone and the night's monsters is a unique ebook app about a little boy who bravely battles a crazy assortment of 'monsters' that inhabit his room after dark. His mom checks on him because of all the noise, but every time she opens the door, the scary creatures disappear. Instead of believing Simone's stories, she says, "Simone, stop making such a racket! Go back to bed right now."

After a nearly sleepless night where Simone triumphs over a green blob monster, giant spider, vampire, skeletons and a witch, he wakes up to a very messy room and very unhappy mom. He trudges off to school, sleepily. Meanwhile his mother is shown in the last scene scolding the group of monsters and making them Read more …

Doubting Dasha by Tatyana Mironova

A little girl named Dasha is the heroine of this story app, created by Tatyana Mironova. Dasha is braver than all the people in her village, or at least her actions are brave because she doubts that the scary creatures in the forest really exist. When she volunteers to venture out into the night to find out who is stealing the villager's grain, she is laughed at ... at first.

Over the course of a dozen pages, however, Dasha proves herself to be both brave and smart. Her extraordinary adventures introduce her (and young readers) to wolves, witches, giants and more. In the end Dasha discovers ways to help each of the feared (and misunderstood) creatures, making friends along 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 …

Witchemina - Interactive Children's Storybook by Black Dog Books, LLC

This story is about a little witch who doesn’t want to do the traditional ‘witchy’ things she is supposed to do. She loves beautiful flowers and wants to get a precious seed to grow. She goes to great lengths to find a ray of sunlight to make her dream come true. Lightly animated and rather long for a picture book, but very cute. Minor technical problems on iPad 2 still awaiting update as of this review.

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

Giddy Ghost and Whimsical Witch by PixelMat Software

 A late entrant on our list, this recently released title features a story about a clumsy ghost who can't seem to climb a staircase. The ghost enlists the help of a new witch. Between the two of them, they are able (with the reader's help) to create just the right bubbly brew to help the ghost stop tripping. The story itself is cute with light animation & interactivity. Page turn & interactive elements are a bit touchy but overall a fun read for little trick-or-treaters.

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

Boy Dumplings HD by PicPocket Books

This is a nice little story about a ghost that tries to eat a chubby little boy who is out late one night. From PicPocket Books, this title features a great traditional tale about a boy who convinces a scary ghost that he has a recipe for ‘boy dumplings’ that is so tantalizing that the ghost doesn’t realize it is almost light out.

A very clever boy and even more creative recipe. Great for year-round reading and teaches how to take advantage of another’s greed and evil intentions. Great story although image resolution and page layout coul

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

The Witch Has An Itch by Dipali Vaidya

This little book app features great storytelling and delightful illustrations, based on the print title by Donna Guthrie. The format in digital has some odd page layout issues, but is otherwise a fun read. The main character is a mean witch that has to learn to be nice when she becomes itchy every time she does something evil. Very cute story!

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

Halloween eBook by Paul Harrington

A simple but very unique little book with narration and the ability to personalize each page with a photo of your child. Designed by a mom for her autistic son to “help teach children to identify, label, and categorize words, by commenting on the text and pictures.

The question ‘Where?’ is used repeatedly throughout the book to help children learn location concepts such as- ‘in front of’, ‘behind’, & ‘next to.’” Tap text to trigger narration. This is a FREE app that has lots of potential. 

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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 …

Monsters vs Robots by Leonardo Amora

From Amoraleite and created with Kwiksher software, this new app has a cute story and fun puzzles bundled into the app. The monsters and robots have gathered in the imagination of one young boy, for the final battle. When the "monster boss" arrives it's a showdown of epic proportions. Only the robot monkey knows the code, but young readers can enter it to call the robots over for a rumble!

Relevant interactive elements, like turning out the lights and tapping characters to see additional dialogue fill each of the pages of the short title. The enhancements are polished and intuitive, giving young readers an engaging and sort-of-scary experience appropriate for ages 4-8.

Simple page turn Read more …

Trick or Treat - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Trick or Treat, Little Critter by Gina and Mercer Mayer is one of the holiday-themed Little Critter titles, published in print in 1993. The whole family is getting ready for Halloween in this book, detailing traditional activities like picking out costumes, carving a pumpkin and trick or treating. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 25 of the little mice hidden on 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." Read more …

Harry and the Haunted House – Wanderful interactive storybook in English and Spanish by Wanderful, Inc.

The Living Books series debuted in the early 1990s, featuring just under 20 titles released on CD-ROM as interactive, animated children's digital storybooks. Before the book app, this series of multimedia picture books was one of the only options for families looking for immersive digital storytelling experiences for their children. I can remember looking for used copies at garage sales, to share with my child in the mid-2000's. It is a series that was both prescient and ground-breaking at the time.

For this reason alone, I really wanted to *love* Wanderful storybooks on the iPad, but in the time that has passed since they were created, a chasm has developed between what we expect for Read more …

The Little Witch at School by SlimCricket

The Little Witch at School is a universal book app from French developer Slim Cricket. It is an prequel to their acclaimed book app The Witch With No Name. In this adventure the Little Witch is still at school and we learn how she lost her name. The app includes an interactive story that can be enjoyed in “read to me” or “read by myself” modes, it can be enjoyed in English or French. There are six games interspersed within the story. There are no adverts or in-app purchases, external links (to Slim Crickets other apps) are behind a parental gate. There is a page navigation guide, so the child can easily return to a favorite page.

The Little Witch is a pupil at Read more …

My Beastly ABCs by Duncan Studio, Inc.

My Beastly ABC’s by Duncan Studios is a delightfully designed ABC app designed to teach and entertain children with an interactive storybook format featuring vibrant illustrations and animations that children and their parents will love.  The app, designed by Duncan Studios features 39 pages, hide and seek as well as interaction on each page as well as a variety of hidden mini games.  Best of all, the app is narrated or “performed” by Jim Dale, from Harry Potter, so immediately people are drawn in by the performance of the book.  The interactive story features a little boy who goes from morning when he gets up on the “wrong side of the Read more …


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