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The Complete Fairytale Play Theater app review

Combine elements from Nosy Crow’s fairy-tale app series (The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White, and Goldilocks and Little Bear) to stage your own once-upon-a-time puppet show with The Complete Fairytale Play Theater (September 2016; iOS only). Start a new story and give it a title and […]

Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Jungle app review

A companion to Axel Scheffler’s flip book of the same name, Flip Flap Jungle (Nosy Crow, 2015; iOS only) allows you to create seemingly infinite animals by combining the top half of one and the bottom half of another. Want to see what a parakeet might look like with four furry legs? Swipe the bottom of […]

Goldilocks and Little Bear app review

It’s not exactly news that I love Nosy Crow’s apps, particularly their fairy-tale series (see our reviews of The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Snow White). The latest in the series, Goldilocks and Little Bear (November 2015; iOS only), makes the most of the app format. Choose […]

Snow White app review

The latest in Nosy Crow’s series of fairy-tale adaptation apps (which includes The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk) is Snow White, released last week. Snow White employs the same winning formula of the other series entries: cheerful illustrations and animation; witty humor; well-integrated interactivity; straightforward navigation; charming […]

Jack and the Beanstalk app review

The latest in Nosy Crow’s fairy-tale app series, Jack and the Beanstalk (January 2014), features all of the developer’s thoughtful design hallmarks (main text and speech bubbles narrated by child actors; intuitive, no-reading-required navigation; a wide repertoire of possible interactive responses; subtle verbal and visual interactivity prompts), but this is perhaps the most activity-driven and […]

Flip Flap Farm app review

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 […]

Little Red Riding Hood app review

All signs point to happily-ever-after in this interactive picture book app of the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood (Nosy Crow, April 2013). Vibrant, cheery colors set a lighthearted tone for wide-eyed and well-freckled Red’s familiar adventure through the woods to Grandma’s house. Unlike other, more gruesome renditions which often include an ax-wielding woodsman, […]

Rounds: Parker Penguin app review

Nosy Crow’s second entry in their series of life cycle educational apps for preschoolers is Rounds: Parker Penguin.

Animal SnApp: Farm app review

Animal SnApp, developer Nosy Crow’s latest series of preschooler apps, kicks off with Animal SnApp: Farm (October 2012) illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Six alliteratively named barnyard denizens are introduced in a puzzle which asks users to swipe their screen and align the animals’ top and bottom halves. Correctly matching the pieces and completing an animal […]

Rounds: Franklin Frog app review

Rounds: Franklin Frog by Barry and Emma Tranter (Nosy Crow, August 2012) is a great interactive nonfiction app for one- to three-year-olds. First in Nosy Crow’s new series of nonfiction apps based on life cycles, Franklin Frog presents the life of a frog — including feeding, hibernation, mating, birth, metamorphosis, and maturation — in an […]