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Five notable interactive book apps for children

Alice Atomic Antelope, $8.99 Helping to launch the boom in iPad children's apps, this adaptation takes John Tenniel's iconic, surreal illustrations and animates them in response to the iPad's movements, leading readers down a rabbit hole.

PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit Loud Crow Interactive, $3.99 This app reproduces the classic format of Beatrix Potter's books, right down to the typography and the soft page turns, adding narration, music and images that spring to life at a touch.

Fox in Socks Oceanhouse Media, $3.99 The Dr. Seuss book gets a minimalist adaptation, with still images and narration. Touching the page makes the app pronounce the name of whatever was touched, aloud.

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The Three Little Pigs Nosy Crow, $5.99 One of several Three Little Pigs apps, this adaptation from London (UK)-based Nosy Crow (not to be confused with Vancouver's Loud Crow, another top app-maker) won awards for its nuanced animation, layered interactivity and gorgeous art.

Barnyard Dance Loud Crow Interactive, $2.99 Sandra Boynton's popular cardboard books get a digital makeover in this series, with freshly-redrawn art, along with narration from bluegrass musician John Stey.

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