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Time for App-y Hour!
App-y Hour is our weekly pick for fun and education book apps for kids.
It also means the weekend is here and time for some Saturday /Sunday R&R (readin and restin). Jump Into A Book has been coming across many, many delightful children’s book apps lately so we’d like to start sharing those with our readers for a new Friday feature. We think reading apps are like bridge for families to learn how to balance real books and e books and we firmly believe it is still completely possible to “jump into the pages” of a book, even when there’s no physical book present.
This week: Cozmo’s Day Off:
Cozmo is an alien who’s having one of “those” days. He’s trying to get to work but nothing is going right. Full of fun an color, this app goes wild with such inventions as an adorable robot chef (who doubles as a popcorn machine), zooming personal spaceships and bulbous cityscapes.
Here’s a quote from a review at Kirkus Reviews: The art style is reminiscent of 1950s imaginings of the space-bound future; metal antennae and gas pumps exist alongside space travelers and aliens. The story, told in (pedestrian) rhyme, is narrated by an ecstatic-sounding announcer. In an inspired bit of programming, that narration, or reader narration recorded by the app, can be pitch-adjusted with a simple slider. It’s an unnecessary but very fun feature older parents who may once have played their LPs at 45 RPM will appreciate. The app’s comprehensive list of options may be daunting, but the developer has thought of everything: It includes a help document for parents that reveals every hidden nugget in the app’s 10 pages. It turns out there are more than 100. Few story apps are as ambitious, as eye-catching or as playful as Cozmo’s. (iPad storybook app. 4-12)
Cozmo’s Day Off is available on iTunes HERE.
What book apps have you enjoyed lately?