The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn is a new app from the talented team at Oceanhouse Media. Launched in 2009, this developer has produced hundreds of high-quality apps for young readers, including all of the titles from Dr. Seuss. Their new version of The Cat in The Hat will not disappoint, but what is different in this title? How has "Read & Learn" improved or changed the digital reading experience?

If you have seen earlier Dr. Seuss book apps, you'll know that most of the titles have little or no animation and limited interactivity. These well-constructed apps are a staple of digital reading and valuable still, but the new "Read & Learn" version takes advantage of the Read more …

Treasure Kai and the Seven Cities of Gold by Treasure Bound Books Pty Ltd

In this sequel to Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island, readers are in for a treat! Full of exceptional interactivity that is both story-related and fun, this title surpasses the first book in a way that is rare for a series. The first title was based on a print book with a similar approach to non-linear storytelling, using a series of treasure chests at the bottom of the book (with small toys representing each new page). In print, this title has been a family favorite in our home to this day. But, in digital, this title really took the storytelling up a notch, with a design that feels tailored to the medium of the touch tablet without losing any of the ingenuity of the original Read more …

Middle School Confidential 3: What’s Up with My Family? by Electric Eggplant

The third title in the Middle School Confidential series is now available for the iPad. This remarkable series is a must read for tweens & teens and a 'must download' for parents, educators and other concerned adults who want the young people in their lives to manage the typical struggles of adolescence just a little bit better. This series is really unique, offering something rare in the App Store; it's polished and well-crafted to the adult eye, but more importantly, teens will relate and enjoy the graphic novel format.

Many of my fans may not realize I am new to the world of children's literature, but if I am an expert in anything, it is actually teens. I spent the past two decades Read more …

How Rocket Learned to Read – by Tad Hills by Random House Digital, Inc.

The 2010 New York Times bestselling title, How Rocket Learned to Read is one of those paper books that makes a great interactive app, especially with the thoughtful enhancements from Random House Kids. Not only is it lightly animated with nicely tailored interactive elements, but these additions rarely distract from what is essentially a beautifully constructed story. Tapping the page causes Rocket's tail to wag or his eyes to blink, but most enhancements focus on the young reader. Parents, teachers & librarians will appreciate the educational features, like tap-to-hear for individual words, along with highlighting word for word in time with the lovely narration by Hope Davis.

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Being Global by SachManya LLC

"What does it mean to be global?" asks this upbeat digital children's book, accompanied by an invigorating guitar tune that makes readers want to dance to the same global beat. Based on the 2009 print title from Little Pickle Press, this nicely crafted picture book makes a smooth transition to digital. It features light animation and interactivity, plus lots of extras.

The story features a laundry list of ways children can think globally, with a focus on diversity, caring for the planet, and building community. Ambient sound effects and excellent pacing give the whole experience a polished, multi-media feel. This can be especially nice for storytime with multiple listeners on autoplay. The Read more …

Ranger Rick's Tree House by National Wildlife Federation

Ranger Rick is a tried and true magazine subscription for kids in print (and now in digital). The interactive app includes a free sample issue and subscription service. It is filled with activities, stories and games about wildlife, for kids ages 7-12.

With a well-crafted and intuitive design, Ranger Rick's Treehouse is an interactive version of the traditional magazine that parents and children have come to love. Educational enhancements are thoughtful and relevant for reading comprehension in this lovely new app.

Highly Recommended!

This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating Read more …

Timbuktu Magazine - Stories and games for parents and kids. by Timbuktu Labs, Inc.

Are you looking for a digital activity book app for kids 6-10+? Timbuktu has an exceptional offering for your tablet, full of thoughtful, polished content that has been beautifully designed and curated for elementary school aged children. Educational, easy to navigate and most importantly, fun for kids. Timbuktu sets the standard high for a digital children's magazine worthy of the 21st century young reader.

The set up for this app is simple, letting kids use the free version for a single issue that is packed with a ton of content. Watch also for special sales on the in-app purchases for single issues & subscriptions. The app does contain links to the appstore, email & the web, but Read more …

The Monster at the End of This Book by Sesame Workshop Apps

This animated re-imagining of a classic Sesame Street book will enchant parents & kids for many re-readings. It may not be a good bedtime choice, but for any other time of day, this one will be a hit. Grover's attempts to keep the reader from turning the pages are even more delightful and amusing in animated form, especially with the chance to interact by touching the screen to undo the brick wall, boards, knots and other tricks he tries to keep the pages from turning. 

There is, however, still no way to simply read the book. The words do highlight as Grover speaks them, though, which is a nice feature for young readers. I just wouldn't suggest giving up your print copy anytime Read more …

Shout Science! by Scott Dubois

Shout Science! by teacher, Scott Dubois, is a cool new app that engages kids in scientific discovery in a fun and engaging format. Shout Science! is a wonderful tool for teachers to educate kids about the scientific revolution, which took place in Europe beginning in the 1500’s. But – Heads Up, this app offers many features that could be applied to other subject areas so don’t let the title limit you! Geography, reading, math, and the arts, are all incorporated into the three narrative biographies of some of the earliest scientists. Shout Science! is the type of app that any teacher will love to illustrate an array of different ideas and skills.

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Wubbzy's Dance Party by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC

The Wow Wow Wubbzy’s song is very pretty popular around our household!  It is very catchy what can I say?!  The new Wow! Wow! Wuzzby app by Cupcake Digital is pretty catchy and quite fun as well!  The first page opens up and we can chose between three different color stars – a purple, blue and pink one.  Of course we started out with the purple star and the story starts off.  It was a busy day in Wuzzleburg.  Wubbzy and his friends were getting the Wubb Club ready for the annual dance party.  You can have it read to you or you can read it yourself.  Flying across the first page are two little blue birds that squawk when you Read more …

Wubbzy The Superhero by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC

Wubbzy’s fans ... A new, fun and interactive storybook app is now available - Wubbzy The Superhero by Cupcake Digital is another great adventure featuring Wonder Wubbzy and Flower Power Daizy. A top app packed with tap-and-play features and educational games!

Wubbzy’s Superhero is an interactive storybook app that will thrill all kids familiar with Wobbly and his friends. This time kids need to help Wonder Wubbzy and Flower Power Daizy to rescue a poodle in a poodle in a tree, find the lost key to Wuzzleburg and more in this madcap adventure. No job is too small or too big for the famous heroes.  A top story based on the the well known Emmy 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 …

Be a Buddy, Not a Bully -- A Tales of Midlandia Storybook by National Network of Digital Schools Corp

Be a Buddy, Not a Bully written by Michael Scotto and developed by Midlandia Press is the third iPad book app in the “Tales of Midlandia” series. Just on time for back to school, it is a fantastic book that raises the sensitive issue about bullying via a great story about friendship, fairness and sharing with stunning illustrations, top audio and great interactive features ... Another Fun Educational Top Pick!

Be a Buddy, Not a Bully is the third in the Tales of Midlandia series. It is about sweet Harvest the farmer who has a problem with Buck the banker. Buck is a mean little guy who is digging Harvest’s corn field Read more …

Builda the Re-Bicycler by National Network of Digital Schools Corp

Midlandia is a fictional land where anthropomorphized canines work, live and have all sorts of adventures. One Midlandian, Builda, is the owner of the bicycle factory, supplying everyone with their favorite form of transportation. When a bike breaks, even with something as small as a flat tire, the habit in town is to throw it away and get a new one. But the local dump is beginning to overflow when Builda has a big idea that can make life better for everyone.

This lightly animated and interactive series is full of fun illustrations with lots of detail to show off Midlandia and its inhabitants. Nice hints show kids where to tap, triggering sound effects and cute animations, most of which are Read more …

A Shiver of Sharks by LITTLE BAHALIA PUBLISHING LLC

This is Little Bahalia Publishing's sequel to Julie Hedlund's first book app, A Troop is a Group of Monkeys. This title focuses on the creatures of the sea, featuring Pamela Baron's gorgeous illustrations with light but polished animation and well-crafted interactive elements. Each page has a different animal grouping shown with the proper plural term for a group of each marine species.

From a swarm of eels to a herd of seahorses, children will enjoy learning about the unique (and often comical) names for scores of sealife that go way beyond your usual school of fish. Among my favorites was the smack of jellyfish and fever of stingrays, plus the lovely narration is there Read more …

Penelope HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

Penelope the Purple Pirate is a wonderful story for kids about a little girl who doesn't want to take a nap, so while stuck in her room, she dresses up and then imagines she is a pirate out at sea. She wears a purple sash and has friends among the sea animals. She rides on the back of the turtle to find an island and search for treasure. When she 'returns' from her adventure she is ready for her nap (tired from all her travels, perhaps?).

This book features simple narration with a tiny bit of animation, like sparkles around the treasure. The sound effects that were added in the update are really nicely spread out, with something 'hidden' on nearly every page. They are things like splashing Read more …

Read with Biff Chip & Kipper. The complete series: All 48 books. by Gazoob Limited

From Oxford University Press, this app is based on the early reader series about three siblings, Biff, Chip and Kipper. According to the developer's website (Gazoob.com), the print series is "used to teach reading in 80% of UK primary schools." Families and schools will find this relatively expensive app has a full set of 48 books for ages 4-6. Parents and teachers should note that the narrator for this series has a crisp, clear UK accent along with regional spelling for British English. The set includes:

  • Level 1: Getting ready to read. Age 4-5 years

  • Level 2: Starting to read. Age 4-5 years

  • Level 3: Becoming a reader. Age 4-5 years

  • Level 4: Developing as a reader. Age 5-6 years

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Peepers: A Zany Peep at Opposites by Once Upon an App

This simple children's book about opposites has anything but a simple approach to it's design.  Peepers are bird-like creatures with colorful, crazy "feathers", zany eyes and extra long legs.  The illustrators' whimsical style matches perfectly with the text, sound effects and cheerful narration.

This book has two modes, interactive or automatic. The interactive mode is by far more fun, though, allowing the child to choose between two possible words to fill in the blank for the 'opposite' word in each pair (ex. "I say, fancy, You say ______." plain or sparkly). The child then can touch/hold & drag the correct word into the blank, although this took my child & I a Read more …

Professor Garfield Forms of Media by Paws Incorporated

The Professor Garfield apps from Infinite Learning Lab, a popular non-profit foundation with a great website for kids content, is one of those free series that came out early in the launch of the iPad. I don't know how I managed to miss this exceptional set of titles. Recently, my 6 year old became a rather fluent reader and has been obsessed with the Garfield cartoon books from our local library.

So I decided to just search the app store for other "Garfield" content in the hopes of treating my 6-year old to something fun on Christmas morning. When I discovered the four-app series from Paws Inc. under the education category, and free, I was truly stunned. These four totally FREE apps Read more …

Living vs Nonliving : Do you know which ones will grow? by CJ EDUCATIONS CORPORATION

If a piglet grows into a pig, shouldn't a stool also grow to be a chair? What about a car ... can it grow up to be a truck? These are the types of curious questions children ask, reflected beautifully by this book app. It's engaging in a way that is perfectly tailored to the learning needs of toddlers and preschoolers, with nice narration, relevant interactive enhancements and great pacing and chunking of the text.

Based on the print title Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? published in 2011 by Susan A. Shea and Tom Slaughter, this is a story that makes the digital transition seamlessly. A quiz is included within the pages of the book and also as a separate game, testing children's reading Read more …

Elfishki and the Giant Cake (English + Russian) by Pavel Mamaev

In this beautifully animated tale, readers are introduced to a new world - Rainbow Island (in the middle of the Sparkling Sea). This magical world is inhabited by little people, called Elfishki. "Some of them could fly like butterflies and some could swim like mermaids. They shared the island with animals who could speak and trees who did not talk, but understood everything." This place, where miracles happen 'every day', is home to Elfizz & Maggie, two Elfishki shop owners who do not get along.

On the important occasion of Mr. Thomas' birthday, Maggie needs to bake a large cake but has trouble with her oven. Elfizz is the only other person with an oven large enough, so she reluctantly Read more …

Books for Kids: At the beach by FUDEA-IIE-UFRO

At the Beach or En La Playa is a delightful digital title for the iPad. It is filled with lovely beach scenes that depict a typical day at the ocean's edge. Every page is full of animated sea creatures & birds, along with interactive elements that animate briefly. The book also has a nice assortment of activities at the end that include reading comprehension questions and other education activities related to an ocean theme.

The story itself is very short, but tells a poem-like tale about a day at the beach. The interactivity ties nicely to each page's text, although there isn't a lot of 'plot' to reinforce. There is a sand castle you can tap to see it fall (or be built), boats that Read more …

Have You Heard - kids interactive book app by Yoozoo Limited

Children love a garbled story ... the errors teach as much as they entertain. This book app, created with Kwiksher software, weaves a delightful story with an ending that is full of surprises. The tale begins with Farmer Blue, arriving on his tractor to talk to a little bird, Peko. He tells Peko that he needs to go to town to get three things, plus one 'surprise', although something gets lost in translation as the message travels across the farm ...

This app features simple but crisp and colorful graphics with nice narration (British accent). After meeting Farmer Blue, Peko passes the story on, resulting in a list of items so far off from the original, that the 'surprise' the farmer Read more …

The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ & Friends – Play & Explore by StoryToys Entertainment Limited

March 20, 2014 marked the 45th birthday of Eric Carle’s beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To celebrate StoryToys released a fantastic new app called The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends: Play And Explore. Parents and Children who have grown up with Eric Carle’s works are sure to recognize characters from several of his books including Brown Bear, The Very Quiet Cricket, Mister Seahorse, The Mixed-Up Chameleon, The Grouchy Ladybug, and Hermit Crab. Indeed, this app feels as if all these characters came together for one awesome birthday party!

There are eight chapters or sections in this app. It features the same beautiful and vibrant illustrations children have come Read more …

Snuggle Mountain HD by PicPocket Books

Snuggle Mountain is a new digital offering from PicPocket books, a developer that can be counted on for bringing wonderful picture books once in print back to new life as digital apps. This one is a beauty, published in 2003 and includes rich illustrations and lyrical text. The story follows little Emma as she wakes up early and climbs the 'snuggle mountain' that is her parent's bed, trying to wake the sleeping 'two-headed' giant for breakfast.

The book has nice educational enhancements, including highlighting words as the story is narrated and a list of ideas for reading readiness for Kindergarten. There are also several nice follow-up discussion questions and even a recipe for 'Snuggle Read more …

Gerry the Giraffe HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

Gerry the Giraffe HD is a delightful story about Gerry and his quest to improve his volleyball skills written by Melissa Northway of Polka Dots Publishing and published by PicPocket Books. This beautifully illustrated book is set in Africa where giraffes love to play volleyball. Gerry is left behind when his friends on the “Super Sonics” team go off to volleyball camp. Gerry is sad that he is not invited to volleyball camp because he is small and they believe he is unable to play. His mother gives the sage advice that he will grow up and perhaps he should try to improve his skills over the summer. Gerry thinks about it and decides that his Dad’s advice of Read more …

I Don't Like Pink HD by PicPocket Books

This sweet book from author/illustrator Brooks Jones is about a little girl who just doesn't like pink. It features original music and delightful narration by the author herself. The illustrations are crisp and colorful, featuring a little girl and her friend using speech bubbles for all of the dialogue.

When Gabi's grandmother sends her a pink t-shirt as a present, she feels really mad. Her friend (a little boy) actually likes pink, so Gabi decides to give the shirt to her friend. He gives her his blue shirt, since blue is actually a color Gabi really likes a lot (it makes her want to fly she says, while pink just makes her mad). This cute exchange is followed up by several nice discussion Read more …

A Not So Fading Light by GotFocus Solutions Ltd

One day, while a little boy and his sister are eating breakfast, they hear on the news that the sun will only last another '4.8 billion years'. "The boy thought this didn't sound like a lot," begins this funny, lightly animated and interactive tale that will have curious children riveted. The two main characters solve the sun's dilemma (although not in a scientific way), in this deeply satisfying story that young readers won't soon forget.

Fun things to tap and explore pop out on every page, providing lots of fun ways to engage with the story, including many that are nicely tailored to the plot-line. These elements are simple but satisfying most of the time, however they are not Read more …

Chimps Should Be Chimps Storybook - Lincoln Park Zoo and Project ChimpCARE by Manning Productions

"In a zoo in a town, like one that you know ..." begins this storybook about our closest primate relatives. We are introduced to the zoo where a 50th birthday party is happening for 'old Poe'. His grand-daughter, Lulu, asks questions about his life that he tells to the reader in brief passages that go back in time. Poe was forced to be in the circus and in movies, showing a dark side to the love affair humans have with their nearest primate kin.

As an educational title, this book is well made and has a nicely crafted story. Enhancements are not quite animation, but do provide movement and great sound effects as the illustrations are panned-over to show each of Poe's reflections on his past. Read more …

Three Little Pigs - S28 by Stella 28 Limited

Fairy tales are not difficult to find in app form. Of all the tales retold in digital (and print), the Three Little Pigs is one of the most popular. But all fairy tales are not created equal. This title is unique, not because the story is especially original, but because of the educational enhancements. Readers of fairy tales will be disappointed if they are looking for a quirky or interesting take on this famous story, but for teachers and parents, this is an app that is set up perfectly to engage reluctant readers.

The story is simple, following the plot of the three pigs and their homes made of straw, sticks and brick. I asked my son (age 6) after the first read through to tell me about Read more …

Viewpoints: The Blue Jackal and the Lion by KidsAndBeyond, LLC.

A personable little blue jackal appears on the title page of this book, speaking directly to the reader. "Find out how I, a jackal, became king of the jungle, and how the lion, the old king, feels. Tap me to begin the story," he says. Told in animated scenes with a fair amount of dialogue not present in the text, this title feels very modern in its storytelling approach despite the ancient fable it is based on.

The jackal, the story explains, accidentally falls into a pot of blue dye and as a result, he is temporarily made king of the jungle by the other animals who do not realize his 'blueness' hides nothing but an ordinary jackal. The displaced king has his own story, told after the tale Read more …

Fable: The Lion and The Hare by Green Broccoli, LLC

This delightful fable is told with a modern twist. The story starts with two kids in Chicago waiting for their grandparents to arrive from India. The grandfather brings the "Panchatantra" to share with his grandkids. It is a collection of Indian fables retold the world over, with stories about animals that teach many lessons. In this tale, a hare outsmarts a fierce lion by tricking him into thinking another lion is in a well. The lion dives after his foe, leaving the forest safe for the animals.

The illustrations are bright and colorful, featuring modern scenes from a suburban Chicago home, mixed with more traditional pictures of the story "The Lion & the Hare". The book Read more …

The Amazing Adventures of Eco Boy, Vol 2 by Lana Sultan

This is a short and informative ebook app about recycling plastic. It is part of the series of Eco Boy books, and features a new character, Bio Girl. The story begins with children littering the beach with their empty plastic bottles. This 'rubbish' gives rise to a plastic-based villain named Bottlexo who terrorizes kids by throwing plastic bottles at them. In response, a little girl is inspired by Eco Boy's example to become "Bio Girl". The two kids combine their superpowers to clean up the plastic bottles and put them into recycling bins.

This book, like the first volume in the series, is told in rhyming verse; "On a new mission, we shall be together. Looking after our planet to make it Read more …

Sarah little fairy and grandma by Sanoen Publishing s.l.

Sarah is a little girl who loves her grandmother, but when Grandma Mary comes to live with her family because of Alzheimer's Disease, she has a lot to learn. This book app demonstrates through storytelling the common issues children face when an older relative or grandparent is suffering from this type of memory loss.

Sarah listens to the explanations from her parents, but she is also helped by a magical fairy doll. Remembering that people with Alzheimer's often remember things from long ago better than recent events, Sarah becomes a hero when Grandma Mary wanders off. Sarah shows that 'knowledge is power' by suggesting the family search near grandma's childhood home, where they find her Read more …

Books for Kids: Daniel and his toys by FUDEA-IIE-UFRO

Daniel and his toys is an extremely short title at only 4 pages, but it is very interactive with lots of educational features. Readers can tap on the boy to get him to put away his toys, put apples in his dump lorry (truck) and ride his tricycle (nice modeling of wearing a helmet too). The stories in this series of "Books for Kids" are all bi-lingual, too, making them great learning tools for Spanish-English language activities.

The app is solidly made with both swipe and arrow page turning, highlighting with narration and tap-to-hear for any word in the text. The reading comprehension activities that follow the story are really the best part of this app, though. Questions that check Read more …

Tails by Rob Angevine

This imaginative digital book features very little enhancement but shines none-the-less. How can you go wrong with with a story that is funny, easy for young readers on their own and also a great bedtime choice? Kids love "what if?" questions and this book is fabulous for that and more ... what if people had tails? Would they be long and 'rat like' or bushy or maybe small like a rabbit's tail? Would they get in the way or be useful? Over 18 pages, readers will enjoy simple but fun illustrations that accompany the story.

The interactivity is so limited I didn't notice it at first, including just a few sound touchspots. There is also a tiny bit of movement of the images on a few pages, but Read more …

Monkey And The Crocodile (for iPad) - by Niyaa by Kunal Desai

This instructive folktale is from the Panchatantra, a collection of Indian animal fables. It tells the story of a crocodile that tries to outsmart a monkey in order to eat his heart. The monkey is fooled at first but turns out to be the smarter of the two. The story is simple enough for children to understand but also filled with complexities that make for good discussion.

As a digital title, this one has a nice array of settings, including a home button and help menu. It features easy to read text as well as simple, arrow-style page turning. I found the narration included to be a bit 'over-expressive' but that can be a matter of taste. In addition to the English narration, this app has an Read more …

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 …

Willie Mouse HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

This cute title from PicPocket Books is based on the story & illustrations from Alta Tabor's classic picture book, published in 1920. Willie mouse is determined to get to the moon, so he heads out on a journey that takes him past many other creatures, who he asks for help. "The moon is made of green cheese, my mother says so," reports Willie to each of the animals he asks for assistance.

Each character tells Willie that the moon is too far away for a little mouse to travel, and that it isn't made of 'green cheese'. But Willie is determined, traveling until night-time. He has a snack and falls asleep, waking when the moon is high in the sky. Then Willie is grabbed by an Read more …

Doris and the Dragon Tree by Rats on Cats Publishing Handelsbolag

Doris and the Dragon Tree is an exceptionally cute and engaging story about a little girl with a big imagination. One day she finds a tiny seed pit on the playground and decides it might be from a dragon. She plants the seed and waits for it to grow, which takes a very long time. Her little sister is skeptical at first, but soon branches appear with tiny 'dragon' buds. The dragons grow, eating up everything in the family's refrigerator and making mischief with their smoky dragon farts.

There is no question that this is a winning story, well crafted and accompanied by lovely narration (although it does not highlight). The illustrations are also fun, with a combination of hand drawn Read more …

Flight of the Pamplemousse by Whynoceros LLC

Flight of the Pamplemousse is an original iPad tale told in rhyming verse about a boy who dreams about a mythical creature called the "Pamplemousse". He overhears a story half in French that includes a reference to grapefruit or 'pamplemousse' while he is falling asleep, causing him to imagine a fanatastic adventure with a giant Moose-like creature with wings.

This night-time dreaming adventure features beautiful, although almost hypnotic, narration in a crisp British accent. The story may be over many of the youngest readers heads, although my Kindergartner understood it best when I read it to him aloud with different pacing and emphasis, asking questions along the way. The app also Read more …

Rose Milany at the beach by Jean-Marc FILIPPI

Rose Milany At The Beach is one of a series of interactive books, from the Rose Milany Collection.  In this eBook, a young girl named Rose Milany spends the day at the beach with her little dog.  The reader is invited to interact with Rose Milany and to choose her bathing suit, sunglasses and even build a sandcastle. The games solicit sound and visual memory of the child”. There is an option to ready and play the eBook in English, French or Spanish.

The eBook contains approximately 20 pages; 10 with the ability to interact with the page.  Included are 3 games and a song. The 3 games are

  • Momoread: find objects from the story
  • The Stickers: Fill in the blanks from a Read more …
Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System by MINILAB LTD

Blast off with Professor Astro Cat in this delightful new learning app from Mini Lab Studios in partnership with their sister company, Flying Eye Books, an award-winning children’s book publisher. Professor Astro Cat's Solar System features fun facts about all the planets in our solar system. Presented in a book-game hybrid app, this content is not only educational but also deeply engaging. Kids earn medals as the learn, including answering True/False questions in a rocket game that is so fun they barely realize they are being tested. My 9 year old was enthralled and especially enjoyed the chance to build his rocket as he progressed through the levels.

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