Curious George and the Birthday Surprise by i Read With – Review and Giveaway


Curious George

What we love…

Graded conversation starters and comprehension questions to engage young readers of different ages.

What we’d love to see…

Read-along text highlighting and more Living Words.


Another delightful eBook from the i Read With series that gets parents and children reading together and interacting more during their shared reading time.

Our Rating

This is a story of Curious George being left alone at home as the Man with the Yellow Hat went about preparing for a surprise. George found hats, games, decorations and a cake, and wondered if the surprise was a party. He tried to help but he created a mess instead. Fortunately for everyone, he managed to clear the mess and found out, to his surprise, that the birthday party was for him.


All kids love a birthday story and they will enjoy reading about Curious George’s silly antics over and over again. There are 3 ways to enjoy this book – Listen, Read & Talk and Theater. The Listen mode is the familiar Read-to-Me mode with narrated text and prompts to the interactive spots. There are up to 3 Living Words on each of its 17 pages. Touching the Living Words will bring them to life and animate the object/animal (that the word represents) in the story at the same time. This mode is perfect for the child reading alone. It would be great if read-along text highlighting is added.

This is an app that has been specially designed with the parent in mind. The Read & Talk mode gives you the opportunity to read the story and initiate conversations as you share the story. It provides you with a question or comment on every page for engaging your child. The questions are great for promoting reading comprehension and the comments are wonderful conversation starters. You can also personalize the reading experience by recording over the audio for the Living Words and choosing avatars for yourself (both father and mother avatars are available) and your child.

The app is set up to encourage children to read the book again and again and it grows with the child. There are 3 reading levels with the higher levels offering more Living Words and more advanced questions/ comments with the ability to record your child’s response. As your child reads more, he will also unlock more stickers which he can play with in the Theater. The Theater is where your child can create and record his own story using puppets and scenes from the story. There are 4 scenes to choose from and up to 15 stickers to use. It’s a wonderful storytelling activity for kids to recall or extend the story.


I really like that this eBook is so packed with wonderful features for both the parent and the child to make the shared reading experience an enjoyable and fulfilling one. You have a children’s favourite character, a birthday theme, a classic story with different levels of reading and hands-on parents guide all conveniently packed in an app, what more can you ask for in an eBook? It is a great book for all curious learners and a must-have for any Curious George fan!


Curious George and the Birthday Surprise by i Read With – Tribal Nova

Curious George and the Birthday Surprise by i Read With Curious George and the Birthday Surprise by i Read With by Tribal Nova
Category: Books, Education
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
Size: 73.55 MB


Code Giveaway


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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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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.

20 thoughts on “Curious George and the Birthday Surprise by i Read With – Review and Giveaway”

  1. I’ve been a fan of Curious George since I was young. I’d like to share this with our little ones too! Good luck everyone! πŸ™‚

  2. My Daughter LOVES LOVES LOVES Curious George. I love him too since he teaches something about science every time too. We live in Canada.

  3. I like Curious George stories and love sharing them with the kids at school. It’s a good way to instill the love of learning and the love of reading in the younger children.

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