October 8, 2015

Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” on the iPad | Touch and Go


Our reviewer Pam Schembri cites the performers’ commentary as one of the strengths of this production, and calls it “a treasure for both professionals, students of music, and dabblers.”

Moobot’s Back with “Billy’s Booger” in Digital | Touch and Go

Billy’s Booger: As described on the Moonbot site, this “highly anticipated,” “completely (sorta) true story from William Joyce’s experience in the fourth grade” has been “40 years in the ‘picking.’” And it’s now available in digital.

The Bard Gets Bawdier |”Ryan North’s To Be or Not to Be” | Touch and Go

Studying parody or William Shakespeare’s Hamlet in class? Looking for retelling of a classic with an unusual twist? Don’t miss “Ryan North’s To Be or Not to Be,” now in digital.

Iain Pears’s Multilayered “Arcadia” | Touch and Go

With no desire to thrust himself “into the vanguard of digital innovation,” Iain Pears nonetheless finds himself there with publication of “Arcadia.” The author notes, “…I undertook the project because I had reached the limit of my storytelling in book form and needed some new tools to get me to the next stage.”

A “Completely and Utterly Disgusting” Game, Among Others | Touch and Go

With only a few weeks left before summer is over, it’s time to download a few playful apps. While fun and games rule, you’ll discover that planning, strategy, and skill also come into play. Oh, yes, and then there’s that “completely and utterly disgusting” game for fans of Roald Dahl.

More “Endless” Fun | Touch and Go

Originator has won high praise for its “Endless” apps—a playful educational series that focuses on basic reading and math readiness skills. Their latest release is an introduction to Spanish for children learning it as a first or second language.

Warren Buckleitner Curates a Starter Set of Apps

You might say that the iPad’s been cursed by its own success—full of mid-to-low quality apps that tease kids with free offers. Here’s a starter list of better apps, with something for every youngster.

“Homes” Around the World | Touch and Go

Travel around the world to see how people live in Mongolia, Guatemala, Yemen, and the United States in an app from Tinybop.

Sandbox Science on the iPad

Generations of kids have been introduced to science concepts at sand and water tables. Today, they can also explore sandbox apps.

Cat’s Cradle: A Graphic Adventure | Touch and Go

Jo Rioux’s middle grade graphic adventure, available in both iOS and Android, is well drawn and engaging, and will leave readers eager for more—despite some technical challenges.