What we love…

Bright and colorful details that fascinate readers.

What we’d love to see…

Child-proofed social media and website links. A page menu for fast access to a favorite page.


A treat for the senses, this app is great bubble fun for anytime, anywhere enjoyment.

Our Rating

Bubble Tubbie is the iPad version of the picture book of the same name written by award-winning contemporary artist, author and designer, Epiphany Schwarz. It contains 14 pages of bubble theme poems, each page decorated with Epiphany’s original art and photography. Reading this is like looking at a digital scrapbook of a child’s happiest moments and bits of imagination. Special effects are added to some of the images and these are tagged with pulsating bubbles to invite the readers to activate them.

20130616-003330.jpgThere is a Bubble Garden of flowers and vegetables, a Bubble jungle of animals, a Bubble Marsh of amphibians and plants, a Bubble Jet of the city skyline, a Bubble Playground of fun and play, a Bubble Ballroom of crystal chandeliers and dancing partners, a Bubble Shoe Shop of fancy shoe embellishments, a Bubble Ocean of underwater scenes and sea creatures, a Bubble Pet Store of cuties, a Bubble Beach of sandcastles and beach toys, a Bubble Ice Cream Parlor of sweet treats and a Bubble Space Ship of planets and spaceships. All of these bubble worlds then come together to play with your child at bubble bath time. The images of different shapes, textures and colors are so intriguing to my young son that he spent much more time admiring the details than on the poems themselves. Though the overall layout is rather busy, they provide the visual sensory input that he needs.

20130616-003615.jpgThe poems introduce some advanced vocabulary to the readers and some of these are explained in the side bar. On top of every page are five words associated with bubble bath for added fun. There are the ‘Read to Me’ and ‘Read by Myself’ modes, with a line moving below the individual words as they are read out. The narration is done by the author’s two young daughters and their sweet innocent voice is just delightful.

The lovely piano excerpt, Ondine by Mark Choi playing on the opening and last page is another reason why I like this book app. Described as “lyrical, watery and ethereal, with an otherworldly feel, in an impressionist style”, it is just the perfect music to complement the feel of Bubble Tubbie.

If you ask me what is not so great, I would say it’s the easily accessible social media and website links that are not appropriate for a kid’s app. Fortunately, such convenience for the adults can be contained by adding a parental lock to the offending page, hopefully in the app’s next update.

20130616-003413.jpgA treat for the senses, this app is great bubble fun for anytime, anywhere enjoyment. If your kids enjoy the app, don’t forget to check out the physical book formats (hardcover book with bath stickers and a translucent plastic bathtub book with LED light bubble ball) from the website as well!



Bubble Tubbie — Kids Bathtime Bedtime Story Book Bubble Tubbie — Kids Bathtime Bedtime Story Book by Epiphany Schwarz LLC
Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 207.87 MB


NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.


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