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What we love…

heartwarming story cleverly presented by turning the whole book into a machine, fantastic graphics, plenty of interactivity, very educational, text highlighting, tappable words

What we’d love to see…

guided play for operating the machine

Summary

A brilliant and refreshingly different storybook app about a little girl who invented a machine so that her Dad could stay home and be with her.

Our Rating

Kalley's Machine Plus CatsIt’s a book.  It’s a machine.  It’s a book machine.  Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats by Rocket Wagon is a beautiful and brilliant storybook app unlike any I have ever seen.  It is a true story about a little girl who wished her Dad could stay home with her instead of having to go to work, so she cleverly designed a machine that she believed would make her wish come true.  She knew that one reason her Dad had to work was so they could have food to eat and she thought that if she built a machine that could make food, then her Dad would not have to work anymore.  This little girl is the daughter of the author and developer of this app.  He realized that while they could not make the machine in real life, they could create it in a storybook app.  Although the machine is only in virtual form, it may still make her wish come true.

 

Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats is a book and a machine all in one.  The whole book is one giant machine.  The navigation and menu options are part of the machine’s controls and are seen throughout the book.  Switches are used to toggle the narration, music, and sound.  There is also a switch to turn the presence of cats in the book on or off (this is where the “Plus Cats” comes from).  Buttons are used to turn the pages and to navigate back to the home page.  Every page has cranks, levers, switches, buttons, or gauges that children can use to operate the machine. The machine has many functions and every page highlights a function such as smashing, enlarging, shrinking, baking, painting, sorting, stamping, and of course making food.

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This book is a gem.  Besides having a heartwarming story and plenty of entertaining interactive objects, it also has excellent educational value.  It encourages reading by using text highlighting and tappable words. It shows children how combining two primary colors creates a new color.  It provides opportunities to teach children about how gears, levers, and switches work.  It can be used to supplement lessons in mechanical force, weight, pressure, air pressure, vacuum, and temperature.

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This book is a real hit with my daughter.  She loves the story and has a lot of fun operating the machine.  She relates well to the little girl in the story and tells me how much she wishes her Dad could stay home too.  My son is equally mesmerized with all the gears, switches, and functions of the machine.  He enjoys looking at the details and trying to figure out how the different parts work together.  Perhaps he’ll come up with his own special machine too.

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The only thing I could think of that I would like to see in a future update is a guide on how to operate the machine or guided play.  It could come in the form of pop up arrows and pop up texts that explain what the switches do.  Since not all children will need or benefit from this, the guided play should also be something parents and teachers turn on or off.

 

It’s not often that I find a storybook app that stands out like Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats.  It is, in my opinion, an intelligent and must have app.  I highly recommend this book, this machine, this book machine to anyone with kids because I am certain that they will love reading and operating it as much as my children do.

Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats – RocketWagon

Kalley's Machine Plus Cats Kalley's Machine Plus Cats by RocketWagon

Price: $0.99 USD

Based on a true story of childhood optimism, Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats is the super-fun interactive story about a 4-year-old girl’s drawing and her heartwarming plan to save her dad from his daily.

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Kalley's Machine Plus Cats Kalley's Machine Plus Cats by RocketWagon

Price: $0.99 USD

Based on a true story of childhood optimism, Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats is the super-fun interactive story about a 4-year-old girl’s drawing and her heartwarming plan to save her dad from his daily.


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Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.

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