Extraordinary Jenny Jones by Paperplane Co.- Review
Extraordinary Jenny Jones is an interactive book app from Singapore based developer Paperplane. It is available as an iPad only app with over 20 hand-illustrated interactive pages and with hidden object mini-games, it is also available as an iBook with 50 illustrated pages and 20 additional pages of bonus content including an interview with the author and activity guides. This review is of the app version. There are options to turn the music and sound effects on/off and there are read to me or read-by-myself options, there is no text high lighting as it is read. There are no adverts or in-app purchases. The home page has a paper airplane icon – clicking on this leads to external links – to the developers website, Facebook and app store, I would like these links removed or childproofed.
In many ways Jenny Jones is an ordinary little girl, after all there millions of Jennies and no shortage Joneses either. She lives in an ordinary house in an ordinary suburb of an ordinary city and is part of an ordinary, loving family. In one way though Jenny Jones is extraordinary – what everyone else sees as round she sees as square and vice versa. The story shows the reader how life looks from Jenny’s perspective, and has interactive elements to illustrate the point, including a moon that turns square when you touch it; square balls to throw at a funfair; square peas, square corn on the cob, and square tomato slices to eat. Over favorite was the square wheeled bicycles that move when you turn the pedals. Despite seeing the world in a different way Jenny is happy – her parents love her and both she and they embrace her differences and feel that her viewpoint is just as important as anyone else’s.
Interspersed between the story pages are four puzzle pages. The first is a single page picture with 3 round objects to find in 90 seconds, they turn square when you touch them and the page turns from sepia to full color when all the objects are found. Subsequent puzzles are bigger – spreading over several pages as a panoramic scene and have more objects to find. Jenny’s cat Chairman Miao can give hints if the child gets stuck (he also gives hints on the other interactive pages too). If the time runs out without the child finding all the hidden objects, it resets with a whole new set of hidden objects to find (they are different every time). Once you are in a puzzle page you cannot move on to another page without completing the puzzle. I would like to see an option added to continue the story without doing the puzzle, as it can be frustrating for kids when they almost complete it, but run out of time and have to start again and get them all before they can continue.
The illustrations in the app are hand drawn, very detailed and colorful, and they really bring the story to life. The story is professionally narrated but the narrator does have a noticeable (? Eastern European) accent, I would recommend listening to the introductory video to decide if you find this charming or distracting, as personal tastes vary. The interactive elements, mini-games and spot the round objects puzzles add some fun and extra entertainment value. The puzzles are a little inconsistent though in what they consider a round object – Russian nesting dolls are considered round (although really they are curved but not round), but the mums round beads on her necklace are not. The story itself does have a charm to it, and sends a nice message about how not everyone sees the world in the same way and encourages children to accept others that are different.
The app and iBook are both FREE in May as an introductory offer but will be paid apps after the introductory period is over.
Extraordinary Jenny Jonesby PaperplaneCo
Category: Books, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPadThirdGen4G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadMini, iPad 3G, iPad 2 3G, iPadMini4G, iPadFourthGen, iPad WiFi, iPadThirdGen, iPadFourthGen4G
Size: 241.15 MB
Screenshots for iPad(Click to enlarge)
Extraordinary Jenny Jonesby John Sheterline
Category: Children's Fiction, Books, Children & Teens
Requirements: Compatible with
Size: 35.36 MB