Review of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

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Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (May 2013), an animated picture book app from developer Twin Sisters, offers an extra musical twist on this classic nursery rhyme. The app features a standard read-to-me option with an adult male narrator, as well as a sing-to-me option with an adult female singer and children’s chorus. One […]

Flip Flap Farm app review

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Flip Flap Farm (September 2013), Nosy Crow’s latest app and companion to the split-page board book of the same name, takes the barnyard animal fun of its predecessor, Animal SnApp: Farm, and presents it in the style of a body flip book. Eleven top halves of various animals pair with eleven bottom halves, allowing for […]

Flora’s Forest app review

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Flora and friends spend an afternoon flying a kite on the lawn in the storybook app Flora’s Forest (NoodleBright and HabitatSeven, 2012). Then a huge gust of wind snaps the string, and Flora chases her kite into the dark forest where eerie sounds and creepy shadows set an unsettling scene. When Flora stumbles upon a […]

I Love Mountains app review

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Cute kid Sloan Graham, the bear-suit-clad main character of Forest Giant’s nonfiction app I Love Mountains (2012), has a passionate interest in the titular landforms. She shares fun geological facts about mountains through nineteen interactive pages, beginning by describing the three different types of mountains and the plate tectonics that form them over time. She […]

Goodnight Safari app review

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In Goodnight Safari (2012), a cozy bedtime storybook app from Polk Street Press, users propel the narrative forward by helping wildlife from the African savanna prepare for lights out. Once basic touchscreen activities, such as reuniting a baby zebra with its mother or dunking a baby rhino in a pool of cool water for a […]

Color Uncovered e-book review

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Like any good discovery museum exhibit, the San Francisco Exploratorium‘s Color Uncovered interactive e-book (2011) invites users to experiment for themselves as they learn about color. The creation of color by waves of light, humans’ and animals’ perception of color, blending of colors, and complementary colors are just a few of the seventeen color-related topics […]

Bramble Berry Tales Book 1: The Story of Kalkalilh app review

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Loud Crow launches its Bramble Berry Tales series with the debut storybook app, The Story of Kalkalilh (August 2013) based on a myth from the oral tradition of the Squamish, indigenous people of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. During a visit with their grandparents in the Rocky Mountains, rebellious Lily gets up in the middle of […]

Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs app review

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In a series of apps by Cognitive Kid, child stand-ins Ansel (an alien) and Clair (a flying robot) travel through time to document Earth’s history for their planet Virtoos. In Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs (Cognitive Kid, 2012), the first in a dinosaur-themed trilogy, the duo visits a present-day paleontological dig, then heads to the […]

Pigeon Presents…Mo on the Go! app review

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Pigeon Presents…Mo on the Go! (Hyperion, July 2013), Mo Willems’s second app, offers five activities populated by animated characters from his books. As in Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App!, there’s lots of interactive Willems wackiness. “Leonardo’s Monster Maker” invites users to mix and match monstrous features to create a customized monster. Once completed, […]

Apps for preschool and primary users

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With all the traveling summer brings, it’s good to have a few tricks up your sleeve to keep kids entertained in the backseat or on the plane. These interactive apps for preschool- and early elementary–aged users fit the bill nicely. Animal SnApp: Farm, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, introduces six alliteratively named barnyard denizens in a […]