By Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal, April 11, 2017
Drama of historical proportions, a storyteller’s pacing, choice details, archival images, music, and challenges punctuate Sarah Towle’s first app, Beware Madame La Guillotine (Time Traveler Tours, LLC). That app’s narrator and guide through the streets of Paris during the Reign of Terror is Charlotte Corday, the 24-year-old from Normandy who killed journalist and Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat in his bath in 1793. In her latest production, Towle presents the story of the 1976 discovery of drawings by Michelangelo, written by Mary Hoffman. The app was created with support from Kickstarter backers. For you, it’s free.
If a 400-year-old mystery involving one of the greatest artists of all time piques your curiosity, then Buried Alive: The Secret Michelangelo Took to His Grave (Time Traveler Tours with Mary Hoffman. iOS, Free; Google Play, Free; Gr 6 Up), is an app for you.
This extraordinary story is narrated by none other than Michelangelo himself, whose work has, in many ways, come to define the Renaissance city of Florence. An examination of the master’s art and his personal story, from his childhood to his later work, adds depth and focus to an experience not found in many travel books. Here, with Michelangelo as their guide, viewers learn about his work along with information about his family, influences, benefactors, and the politics of the day.