Dabby Dill and the Hiccup Pickle by Pickled Productions is a picture book app designed for the iPad for iOS. The app is about a little girl Dabby Dill and her unfortunate bout with the hiccups as she tries to get rid of them. To learn a little bit more about the author Brad and Pickled Productions – be sure to check out the developer interview to learn more. The app features “story mode”, “read along”, “self read” and a fun game at the end where you match up patterns based on the hiccups! The app features recipes, selected vocabulary words and many touchable illustrations contained within the app.
One of our favorite features of the app was the bright colorful illustrations as well as the touchable animations contained within the app. We also loved the variety of hiccup cures ranging from the water, blowing on your thumb, scaring the hiccups away and more. Many of the cures were cute and made my son and I laugh as we read them – our favorite was Aunt Nana’s Secret Hiccup Cure – as hiccups are a common happening here at our house. We also enjoyed following along and playing the hiccup game while matching up the pattern of hiccups. It made for a fun game of observation as we tried to make sure we followed along correctly.
In terms of enhancements – I would have preferred for the words to be highlighted versus underlined as it seems easier to follow along with the narration. It would also be nice if there was a page at the end which had the definitions of the vocabulary words contained within the story so that they can be reinforced with your child. We also found a few times that an animation was pretty close to the page turn button so we turned the page accidentally a few times.
This is an app designed for both boys and girls who may get the hiccup’s occasionally. We really liked how Dabby tried to find a cure at a variety of places before restoring to the “secret” hiccup cure provided by her aunt. There are no external links or in-app purchases contained within the app. It appeals to children from preschool to elementary school.
Requirements: Compatible with
Size: 0 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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