Review by Alison
Developed by Sesame Street and Callaway Digital Arts, this interactive e-book delights readers young and old. Callaway Digital Arts was funded in 2010 to create meaningful digital experiences which transform the way families connect with media and each other. Apps created by Callaway have reached the #1 spot in Books, featured as App of the Week and listed in Apple’s Best Interactive Story Apps of 2010. This app was reviewed on an iPad 2 and is also available for the iPhone.
The main character in this story, loveable furry old Grover comes to life through animations and activities throughout the book. I really liked that the reader could personalize their name on the bookplate. Grover acts out the various scenes in the book which include: tying the pages together, building a wooden wall and finally building a brick wall. It was easy to figure out what you were supposed to do on each page, because a yellow circle appeared with each task, something that is very good for young readers. It is easy for young children to follow along with and interact with because the words are highlighted while it is being read and the illustrations and animation are wonderful. At the end of the book, there are questions that you can discuss with your child about the book.
If I could change anything about the book, it would be the ability to “lock” pages until the reading finished. When an animation is happening, this happens so I’m not sure why it isn’t consistent througout the book. Often my son would get impatient and want to move on to the next page and we wouldn’t finish either the reading or the activity. Once we read the book several times and he figured out that there were activities on most pages, he did follow through and finish them.
This is one of my favorite e-books that our family has read. The interaction, animation and story bring it to life. When we try to read our paper copy of the book, our little boy wants to go and get the iPad because he likes that one better. It was a great app for the all of us to look at and play with together. I hope that Sesame Street and Callaway Digital Arts have further collaborations to bring other Sesame Street Books to life. This app recently reached #5 in paid apps and #1 in books in the App Store. It was also the 2011 Children’s Technology Review, Editor’s Choice Award and named one of Babble’s 50 Best iPhone and iPad Apps for Kids in 2011.
“I had many, many Little Golden Books as a child and this one was undoubtedly my all-time favourite. Seeing it come alive in digital format is amazing and it brings back so many great memories from my childhood, snuggling under the bed covers to read my Monster bookcan’t love sharing this experience with my own children now!” – Amanda
The Monster at the End...by Sesame Street
Category: Books, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76
Size: 206.65 MB
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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.