Cars 2 Storybook Deluxe is an iPad eBook app that brings the recently released movie to the iPad in storybook form. The publishers describe it as a
supercharged children’s book app filled with vibrant art, professional narration, exciting music and sound effects, plus A-list celebrity voices from the film.
My daughter (Zoe) and I are big fans of iPad eBooks and she also loved the first Cars movie – so this one had instant appeal for us and I felt sure it would be a hit with Zoe. Sadly, that has not ended up being true. It’s been a very disappointing app for both of us. Hit the break for reasons why …
Olivia Acts Out – the charming new iPad eBook app featuring Nickolodeon’s piggy star Olivia – has just had a major price drop today. It normally goes for $4.99 and is now on sale for just $0.99 for a limited time (no actual end date stated).
My daughter and I did a review of Olivia Acts Out for iPad recently, and we’re both big fans of the app. If you or your kids enjoy the Olivia TV program you’re sure to enjoy this nicely done eBook app. The story is good and the animation is very well done.
Here’s an App Store link for Olivia Acts Out; at its reduced $0.99 price for a limited time.
Fox in Socks is one of the latest Dr. Seuss titles to come to the iPad and iOS from Oceanhouse Media – and it’s currently on offer at an ‘introductory price’ of $1.99 (down from $3.99).
Oceanhouse Meida are officially licensed to bring Dr. Seuss’ works to iOS – so their eBooks all use wonderful original artwork and are faithfully and lovingly rendered versions of his books.
Here’s more information on this title from its App Store page:
"New socks. Two socks.
Whose socks? Sue’s socks.
Who sews whose socks?
Sue sews Sue’s socks."
"Fox in Socks" introduces two delightfully funny characters, Fox and Knox, who converse almost entirely in rhyming tongue-twisters. Together they move through the story and describe each scene with rhymes that grow in complexity. Jump in and join the fun, but take it slowly because this book is dangerous for your tongue!
Three new eBook titles, a series of The Berenstain Bears titles, have hit the App Store this week. The titles are: The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers, The Berenstain Bears Go To Sunday School and The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule.
Oceanhouse Media – publishers of the superb and popular Dr. Seuss eBooks for iOS – are the joint publishers of this new series – which bodes very well for the quality and charm we can expect in this series.
Two more Dr. Seuss eBook titles have hit the App Store over recent days – Yertle the Turtle and The Big Brag. I’m not familiar with either of these, but the descriptions for them look as enticing as ever. Here’s a slice on Yertle the Turtle:
Yertle the Turtle, the king of the pond, is unsatisfied with the small stone that serves as his throne. He commands the other turtles to stack themselves beneath him so that he can see further and expand his kingdom. As the stack of turtles get’s higher and higher, poor Mack, the turtle at the very bottom of the pile, is in great pain. Mack asks Yertle for a brief rest, but Yertle just tells him to be quiet. Finally fed up with Yertle’s abuse, the plain little turtle named Mack does something to upset the balance of power and free all the turtles.
eReader is the latest eBook reader app to hit the iPad. The app has been a popular one on various platforms, and now its iPhone version has been updated to a universal app that will also run on the iPad.
Here’s a little bit of detail on eReader, via jkOnTheRun’s recent post about it:
Users of eReader Pro on other platforms will feel right at home as the iPad app is very similar to existing versions. Access to the user library is done within the app, but purchases are made in a separate browser window. You can start shopping at ereader.com for books from inside the app, but it fires up the Safari browser for the actual shopping excursion. Books can be perused and purchases made in the web browser. It does provide a link after purchase to take you back to the reader app, which is pretty cool.
As on other platforms, the iPad app provides lots of display configuration options — fonts, themes, day/night display — and it is easy to set things up the way you prefer. Fans of the eReader Pro autoscroll feature — which scrolls the page up slowly to allow reading without page turning — will be happy to note this is possible in the free iPad version.
Always good to see more eBook reading options for the iPad, as it is such a great device to read on.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is the latest Dr. Seuss title to be brought to the iPad (and the iPhone) by Oceanhouse Media as a standalone eBook app. Here;s a little slice of the description of this story:
Did you ever fly a kite in bed? Did you ever walk with ten cats on your head?" Such are the profound questions posed in this well-loved Dr. Seuss classic. Through his rhymes and riddles, Seuss’s intention is clear: teach children to read in a way that is both entertaining and educational. From a one-humped Wump and Mister Gump to yellow pets called the Zeds with one hair upon their heads, children will be entranced–so amused and enchanted, in fact, they may not even notice they are learning to read!
Barnes & Noble’s B&N eReader for iPad is the latest eBook reader plus bookstore app to hit the iPad. It’s coming in over a month after the built-in iBooks app and Amazon’s Kindle app – but has a strong set of features, a big content library, and one unique feature that should be appealing for many users – the ability to lend books to others.