My Cat at Home in the Wild by Jennifer Rogala- Review and Giveaway

My Cat at Home in the Wild by Jennifer Rogala- Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

Hand painted illustrations, how the book shows the parallels between domestic and wild cat behavior.

What we’d love to see…

Word highlighting as it is read, options to turn off narration and background music

Summary

This book app featuring a house cat called Kingsley and a variety of wild felines will be a hit with young animal lovers. The story does not have any interactivity but does feature an interactive game, puzzles and an opportunity to learn more about wild cats.

Our Rating

My Cat At Home In The Wild My Cat at Home in the Wild is the first book app from children’s author Jennifer Rogala and is based on her print book of the same name. It is accompanied by hand painted illustrations from artist Dwight Kirkland. As well as the story the book also includes some extras-  a game, jigsaw puzzles, and information about big cats. The story does not contain any interactive elements- it is more like an eBook, all the interactive elements are in the extras. The story is narrated, there is no “read by myself” option. I really like the background music – it has a slow drumbeat and haunting feel, that reminds me of Native American music. The narration and music can not be switched off without muting the iPad.

The story introduces the reader to a grey tabby named Kingsley. Kingsley is an indoor city cat, but her owner imagines that she dreams of being in the forest, jungle or savannah like her wild cousins. The story tells us not only about Kingsley’s daily life, activities and quirks but also about wild cats who do similar things. e.g. “She climbs the curtains, like a snow leopard climbing the icy mountains of Asia.” At the start of the book each page is accompanied by a painting of Kingsley, as the story progresses many of the illustrations are split screen showing both Kingsley and one of her wild cousins behaving similarly.

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I liked the parallels the book draws between wild and domestic cats, the peaceful background music and the hand painted illustrations. I would like to see some options added to support emerging readers- word highlighting as it is read and ability to switch off the narration. I also felt that the narration seemed rushed at times, so I’d like it read at a sightly more relaxed pace. Much as I like the background music it would be good to be able to lower it or switch it off for children who find background music distracting.

Extras

In the story children are introduced to a whole range of wild felines including familiar ones and others that may be new to them. If their interest is piqued they can learn more in the “Big Cats” section. This has a picture, information and sound recording for eight types of wild cats featured in the book: lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, pumas, servals and caracals.

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Game

The reader is shown a picture of Kingsley from the book and challenged to find the matching picture of a wild cat doing a similar action. This is a fun activity and also acts to reinforce what the reader has learned in the story –  the names of the wild cats and their behavior. There are 15 pictures to match.

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Puzzles

Each of the 15 pictures can also be enjoyed as a 32 piece puzzle. The pieces automatically are in the correct orientation and click into place when put in the right spot. This is a fun extra but it would be nice to see an option to vary the number of pieces so that it can be enjoyed by a wider age range, as it may be hard for some of the youngest readers.

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Summary

My Cat at Home in the Wild is designed for children from 4-8 years old. I think it will appeal most to 3-6 year olds, but slightly older animal lovers will also enjoy it. It features Kingsley, a house cat, and a variety of wild felines, and will be a hit with young animal lovers. It features beautiful hand painted illustrations and a haunting background music track. I like how the book shows the parallels between domestic and wild cat behavior. The story does not have any interactivity but does feature an interactive game, puzzles and an opportunity to learn more about wild cats. It would be nice to see some features added to support emerging readers.

 

iTunes Link: My Cat At Home In The Wild – Jennifer Rogala

My Cat At Home In The Wild My Cat At Home In The Wild by Jennifer Rogala

Price: $0.99 USD

Four Stars from TheiMum.com and Digital-Storytime.com. “Will be a hit with young readers... the book shows the parallels between domestic and wild cat behavior.”

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
 Review of Little Lamb in Amsterdam by Joshua and Donna Wilson

Review of Little Lamb in Amsterdam by Joshua and Donna Wilson



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What we love…

Beautiful illustrations, cute character

What we’d love to see…

option to select language for entire book instead of just page by page, auto play option for the story to be read out automatically as you turn the pages instead of needing to select narration on every page

Summary

This cute little storybook app filled with beautiful illustrations, interactions and travel facts is great for little ones to learn about the art, history, culture and food of the Netherlands and the Dutch language.

Our Rating

Little Lamb in Amsterdam

Little Lamb in Amsterdam by Joshua and Donna Wilson from The Happy Dandelion is a cute story of a little lamb that takes a bike ride across the Netherlands. This storybook app has text and narration available in both English and Dutch. It has an instructions page, a contents page where little ones can easily return to a favorite page, a brief history of Netherlands and a map of the country. The app has no in-app purchases, third party ads, external or social media links.

Little Lamb lived on a farm outside a small village with her mum. One day she wondered what lay outside her gate so she decided to go on a bicycle trip to see the country for herself.  She rode through an old fishing town, old windmills and past fields after fields of tulips. She stopped on the way to try on some traditional wooden shoes, eat some flowers and take in the sights.

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She took a break by the seaside and then made her way to the capital city of Amsterdam where she did some window shopping and sightseeing along the canals.

She tried a variety of meals at a Dutch restaurant before heading out to some great museums.

She was admiring paintings when she started to feel homesick and decided to ride back home to the farm and be reunited with her mother.

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This little storybook app is not only cute but also interactive which means little ones will find it engaging. Pages can be turned with just one swipe. The story can be read out in either English or Dutch with the option of additional information which can be accessed by a pop up bar at the bottom of the screen where information can also be read out in either English or Dutch.

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This cute app would be perfect if we were able to select the language of choice from the beginning and if the story was read out from the start rather than having to select the flag on every page each time we want the story to be read out.
Overall we really liked this cute app, my daughter thought Little Lamb was very cute and her favourite bit was when Little Lamb went to a Dutch restaurant and tried all the different food. This app is great for little ones to learn about the art, history, culture and food in Netherlands and the Dutch language.

iTunes Link: Little Lamb in Amsterdam – Joshua Wilson

Little Lamb in Amsterdam Little Lamb in Amsterdam by Joshua Wilson

Price: $4.99 USD

Come explore the Netherlands with Little Lamb, on her bike journey, across the country. You will ride past must-see attractions, discover Dutch art, culture, food and learn many Interesting and educational.

Catherine is a mother of a little miss almost 3 years old. Originally from France she now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She loves to explore their beautiful city with her daughter and sharing their adventures with other parents. Catherine has a passion for social media, blogging, technology and food. Before the arrival of her daughter, Catherine was studying and working in the field of IT and still loves all things tech! She loves finding new apps for her daughter to learn and play with and share great apps with other parents.
 A Shark Knocked On the Door by Mighty Yeti Studios- Review and Giveaway

A Shark Knocked On the Door by Mighty Yeti Studios- Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

The app lets you create your own version of the story by letting you interact via touch points, bilingual storybook.

What we’d love to see…

A few hints showing where the touch points are in the story, a “Next button” instead of swiping to turn pages and word highlighting as it is read.

Summary

This app has great graphics, voices and the interactive aspect of the storybook makes it a fun storybook app to read and play with.

Our Rating

A Shark Knocked On the Door - An Interactive Animated Storybook App For Kids

A Shark Knocked On The Door by Mighty Yeti is an interactive storybook app in both English and Spanish. It is designed for both iPhone and iPad for kids aged 5 and under. Mighty Yeti is a Half Moon Bay, California – based animation studio dedicated to telling stories in exciting new ways. Mighty Yeti have released another storybook called ‘Mr. Cupcake has the Sprinkles’, which we recently reviewed, and are currently working on two more.

 

This storybook app is a fun and ‘hands-on’ reading adventure of a boy and his grandmother who decide to make a boat and float it down the gutter one rainy evening. After the boat is lost down the drain, the little boy and his grandmother go home and minutes later find a shark knocking on their front door, and then the fun really begins!

 

The app can either read the story in English or Spanish or if the reader prefers, they can choose to read it to themselves with the text available in either language. The beauty about this app is that it has over 100+ reader touch elements throughout the storybook which make the story a ‘hands-on’ and fun experience.

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We liked that we can interact with the app and animate characters and objects to involve us with the story. It is a fun and quirky story that little ones will find amusing. The app has great graphics and sound and we like how the little boy tells the story with rhymes. My daughter loves looking for elements to click on the page and parts that make funny sounds. Her favourite part of the story takes place under the sea where she can touch whales, seals and fish and hear the noises they make. She also finds the shark’s voice amusing.

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We would like to see a few ‘hints’ on each page of the storybook to help little ones find the touch points as well as a ‘Next’ button at the bottom of each page as we find it makes it easier for little ones to touch buttons rather than swipe pages. We would also like to see word highlighting as it is read.

 

The app has a page navigation menu you can select while reading the story which lets you select or skip pages. It also allows you to go back to the main menu. The app has a settings page where you can change the language spoken to English or Spanish as well as a help and credits page. It also has a ‘More from Mighty Yeti’ page where other titles are mentioned (without the in-app purchase option). There are no in-app purchases or third party ads in this unlocked app which makes it a safe app for little ones to use.

 

Overall we liked this quirky animated storybook and would recommend it. My little one really enjoys this ‘hands on’ app as it incorporates two things she loves: reading and playing!

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iTunes link: A Shark Knocked On the Door – An Interactive Animated Storybook App For Kids – Mighty Yeti Studios

A Shark Knocked On the Door - An Interactive Animated Storybook App For Kids A Shark Knocked On the Door - An Interactive Animated Storybook App For Kids by Mighty Yeti Studios

Price: $FREE

Description

** Experience the fun adventure of a young boy and his grandmother in this exciting and heartfelt interactive rhyming book app!

** Discover over 100+ interactive touch points.

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Catherine is a mother of a little miss almost 3 years old. Originally from France she now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She loves to explore their beautiful city with her daughter and sharing their adventures with other parents. Catherine has a passion for social media, blogging, technology and food. Before the arrival of her daughter, Catherine was studying and working in the field of IT and still loves all things tech! She loves finding new apps for her daughter to learn and play with and share great apps with other parents.
 Fairy Tales ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Books ! by Amayasoft – Review  + FREE GIFT

Fairy Tales ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Books ! by Amayasoft – Review + FREE GIFT




What we love…

Fun interactive 3-D scenes,

What we’d love to see…

word highlighting as it is read, hiding of the “buy gold coins” links in a dedicated parent area, indicator on when to turn page and more help in finding interactions.

Summary

This is a nice collection of classic folk tales with some fun 3-D interactivity. I would recommend downloading today and unlocking the bonus gold coins before the offer expires (December 29th) as you can currently get 4 free books instead of the usual one.

Our Rating

Fairy Tales ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Books ! Fairy Tales ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Books is a new book app library from Amayasoft. It includes 1 free book -The Princess and the Pea, with other books available for in-app purchase. As a special Christmas gift Amayasoft is currently allowing users to download up to 3 additional books (valued at $7 total) for free – but this offer is only until December 29th so act fast! The books have “read it to me” and “read by myself” options. the narration is done by a professional British narrator, here is no word highlighting as it is read. The app also includes a bonus game “star dust” where you move around constellations until images become visible in them, there are 6 star images per book so 48 total images to find.

The titles currently available are:

• The Princess and the Pea ( Free)
• Cinderella
• Goldilocks and the three bears
• Mother Snow
• The Enormous Turnip
• The Three Little Pigs
• The Three Spinners
• The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids

To buy additional books you purchase gold coins within the app, the current offer gives you 7,000 gold coins free, most books cost 2,000 gold coins (i.e. $2), Cinderella costs 3,000. Each day the app is opened you can pick a treasure chest to win more gold coins. The in-app purchases are protected with a parental gate (where you need to turn e.g. eight, five, six into 856 to unlock) as well as your iTunes password, but there is  banner “buy 8,000 gold coins” visible from the home page I would like to see this hidden in the parents area to prevent kids begging for coins or trying to buy. I would recommend leaving IAP’s switched off in settings to be on the safe side.

The books all follow a similar format and for the purposes of the review I looked at The Enormous Turnip and Mother Snow in more detail.

The books are divided into chapters, and you can access each chapter separately if you wish, so children can easily return to their favorite sections. Each chapter has 2 portions: a text section and 1 or more pop up 3-d scenes. The written section looks just like you are reading a traditional book and there is no interactivity in this part. iPhone Screenshot 4

The 3-D pop up scenes are  interactive and the child helps the characters act out the chapter they just heard, they can also tap on objects such as plants to find out more about them. In the 3-D scenes there is narration but no text apart from occasional hints on interactions.

The 3-D scenes are fun and engaging and do add to the storyline. In the Enormous Turnip the reader can help to pull the turnip by adding all the various characters in turn, help the old man in the garden and join the family as they sit down to eat the turnip. In Mother Snow they can help Anna as she explores the magic garden and visits Mother Snow. The Enormous Turnip has 3 chapters and Mother Snow has 6, both books have color illustrations in the text sections as well as the 3-D scenes. Although there are hints to some of the interactions, there is no indicator to tell you when you have found all the important interactions, and when to turn the page. At times it felt like we were missing some, for instance at the end of The Enormous Turnip the old man says “lets sing a song about pulling up The Enormous Turnip” and we couldn’t find a way to get him to sing, and in Mother Snow we couldn’t work out how to see Mina getting her reward. I’d like to see the page turn arrow flash when it is time to move on, and for important interactions (such as the song) to be marked in some way (by a hint or flashing dot perhaps) if you miss them.

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Overall, this is a nice collection of classic folk tales with some fun 3-D interactivity, though in places it feels like it could do with a little extra polishing, and I would really like to see the “buy gold coins” message hidden. I would recommend downloading today and unlocking the bonus gold coins before the offer expires (December 29th) as you can currently get 4 free books instead of the usual one.

To download: iTunes Link Fairy Tales ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Books ! – Better World


Fairy Tales ~ Interactive Bedtime Stories for Kids Fairy Tales ~ Interactive Bedtime Stories for Kids by Better World

Price: $FREE

Wow! Fairy Tales and Games in one app! Read favorite stories and play games!

“Fairy Tales” is a kid reading app with interactive mini games and fairy tales for children which makes reading .


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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.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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