Treasure Kai and the Seven Cities of Gold by Karen Robertson -Review

Treasure Kai and the Seven Cities of Gold by Karen Robertson -Review



 

What we love…

We love the feeling of adventure, and that the reader is learning a little history at the same time.The treasure chests and keys are a great way to keep the reader involved, and keep the story fresh.

What we’d love to see…

More adventures in the series!

Summary

A very engaging and entertaining read, bright colorful illustrations, professional narration, interactive elements, and an exciting storyline. We loved the original Treasure Kai story, and this is even better! Highly recommended.

Our Rating

Treasure Kai and the Seven Cities of Gold

Treasure Kai and the Seven Cities of Gold is an interactive book app, and the much anticipated sequel to Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island. It was written by Karen Robertson and developed by RipplFX Mobile Media. It is an iPad only app, an iPhone version is coming soon.

20121011-115324.jpgIf you are already a fan of the first Treasure Kai book, I’m sure you will have been awaiting this book as eagerly as my kids – as soon as my son spotted the familiar Treasure Kai logo he had to start reading. If you aren’t already familiar with Treasure Kai, he is like a young Australian version of Indiana Jones, and the first few pages of this book do a great job of summarizing his previous adventures. The story starts in Kai’s bedroom when his friend Kate bursts in to tell him all about a dream she just had – it is the same dream Kai had about Shark Island. Or was it a dream? When Kai woke up he found a treasure map and a clue in his pocket and he shows them to Kate. When they study the map they see an X marking a spot in Mexico, Kai touches his globe lamp in the same spot, and disappears!! Kai has been transported back in time to Mexico in 1540, where Francisco Coronado and his men are searching for the Lost Seven Cities of Gold, he realizes they have the same map as he does, and creeps closer to hear what they are saying. Meanwhile, Kate is desperate for a way to connect with Kai. Remembering the words of the clue she searches the shop where she finds a special way to keep in touch with him- Kai’s magical locket.

Back in Mexico, Coronado tells his men legend says this land hides the Seven Lost Cities of Gold to reveal them we must collect a key from each city and bring them back here. A pyramid guards each city, and the keys are in a chest on top of each pyramid. When a key is placed on the map it states a challenge which must be overcome to reach the next city. The one who first brings back all seven keys to the chest of top of this pyramid, will reveal the Lost Cities, and will rule them all. There is more than one key in each chest, so Kai ends up in a race with Francisco Coronado to try to collect all the keys first. The reader can also take part in the race to find the keys -each time Kai reaches a pyramid, the reader picks a chest and sees which key is inside, each key leads to a different challenge. The keys shuffle every time you restart the story, so the challenges are faced in a different order each time the story is read.

20121011-113044.jpgAs Kai faces all these challenges Kate is watching the action, encouraging and helping him. He has many challenges to face such as riding a horse off a cliff, riding a dirt devil and crashing through an anthill. Each page has light animation, realistic sound effects and subtle interactive elements that are in keeping with the story; it also has background music in places which adds to the atmosphere. Kai wins the race, but is faced with a dilemma – does he stay in the Lost Cities as their King and let the Cities be discovered by the world, or does he choose to hide the cities forever and go back home? To go back home Kai has to remember the order he found the keys in. The reader can take the challenge to put the keys in the right order too, but don’t worry, when put in the correct spot the keys click into place, and you can keep trying until you get it right.

The app has read by myself and read to me options, with words highlighted by the phrase as it is read. The music volume and sound effects can be independently adjusted, the text box can be moved around the screen, and the narration can be paused.  There are no adverts, social media links, and no external links except in the settings  screen which has links to The Treasure Kai website where there are extras including a video game, videos and activity pages.

Overall, we really enjoyed this book, it is very true to the original Treasure Kai story, but at the same time is different enough to keep my children’s attention. We loved the feeling of adventure in the book, and the fact that you learned a little history at the same time. The treasure chests and keys are a great way to keep the children involved in the story and to make it a fresh experience every time. We liked that the keys were all different and that you need to collect all seven keys to complete the story. It is a sequel that doesn’t disappoint, my three children give it an enthusiastic thumbs up and vote it even better than the original.

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Treasure Kai and the Seven Cities of Gold – Treasure Bound Books

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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).
 Treasure Kai and The Lost Gold of Shark Island by Karen Guinn Robertson – Today’s Featured Free App

Treasure Kai and The Lost Gold of Shark Island by Karen Guinn Robertson – Today’s Featured Free App



Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island - Interactive Book App for KidsToday’s Featured Free App is the awesome Treasure Kai and The Lost Gold of Shark Island, written by Karen Guinn Robertson and illustrated by Victor Guiza. This is a fun adventure story that’s a twist on the “choose your own adventure” format. With over 13,000 ways to find the treasure, kids keep reading until they finish the story! This universal app brought to iTunes by Treasure Bound Books, is the first of a series of books about Treasure Kai, and was the winner of “Best in Category” for Apps at the New Media Film Festival, San Francisco 2011. The app is narrated with word highlighting as it is read, you can move or resize the text box, independently control the music volume and switch off the narration to read it yourself. It is also available as a print book. [Read our full review] The sequel to this app Treasure Kai and The Seven Cities Of Gold is launching today, so the first Treasure Kai is free in celebration.

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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).
Treasure Kai and The Lost Gold of Shark Island by Karen Guinn Robertson – Review

Treasure Kai and The Lost Gold of Shark Island by Karen Guinn Robertson – Review



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Reviewed by Mary

Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island - Interactive Book App for KidsTreasure Kai and The Lost Gold of Shark Island, written by Karen Guinn Robertson and illustrated by Victor Guiza, is a universal app brought to iTunes by Treasure Bound Books. This is the first of a series of books about Treasure Kai, and was the winner of “Best in Category” for Apps at the New Media Film Festival, San Francisco 2011. The app is narrated with word highlighting as it is read, you can move or resize the text box, independently control the music volume and switch off the narration to read it yourself. It is also available as a print book.

20120620-230747.jpgThe story starts in Kai’s parent’s store – The Treasure Shop. The treasure shop is full of cool artifacts and many of them have interactive elements – with cool sound effects when you touch them such as a Didgeridoo playing, a train passing a rail crossing or a low flying plane. My kids always have fun exploring the shop, as it is full of little details. Later in Kai’s bedroom he is listening to a news report about a shipwreck that has just been discovered full of treasure, he falls asleep and starts to dream about hunting for treasure. He starts out on Shark Island where he finds a treasure chest, which holds a map and his first clue. What happens next depends on the child- either they can turn the page and read from front to back, or for a random adventure they can choose a treasure chest on each page, the contents of which determine where the story goes next. Each chest contains a clue in rhyme that takes him to a new location where has to solve a clue to overcome a challenge to get to the next clue. He eats bugs and has to get past falling rocks, sharks, snakes, quicksand, headhunters and more. Finally Kai finds the treasure, then he wakes up to find a real treasure map in his PJ pocket, his adventures are just beginning ……….

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This was one of the first books I bought for the iPad and we still enjoy it. Kai is a sort of ” G-rated Australian Indiana Jones” – he gets into all sorts of fun adventures but in a way that is fun and child friendly. I love all the interactive elements (the scurrying bugs is a favorite) and the bright colorful illustrations, it is professionally narrated and the music and sound effects add to the atmosphere. The ability to change the story each time by picking the treasure chests is a fun addition too. Having the words highlighted as it is read is a great feature to encourage reading, and I like having both read to me and read by myself options. There are no ads, in-app purchases or social media links but there is a link to the Treasure Kai website. The website has a free video game, videos and other fun stuff. There are a few things I would like to see in a future update: an option to stop the interactive elements from working until the narration on that page is finished, and a parental lock option for the link to the website . The website has some really fun activities for children, but I’d like to be able to control my child’s ability to leave the app.

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Overall, I would highly recommend Treasure Kai and The Lost Gold of Shark Island- it is a fun adventure that does a great job of engaging children in the story. The interactive elements are fun without overpowering the story, and the “choose your adventure” option helps to keep the story fresh. This book is recommended for age 5+, but my children also enjoyed it at 4 years old, so it may appeal to some younger children too. We are looking forward to the next Treasure Kai adventure – Treasure Kai and the Seven Cities of Gold which is due to be released in July 2012.

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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).
Children’s Author Includes Fans in Story Book App – News

Children’s Author Includes Fans in Story Book App – News

Treasure Kai and the Lost...[prMac.com] Sydney, Australia – Treasure Bound Books features four children as cartoons in the Treasure Kai book app, makes history. Imagine yourself as a child appearing in one of your favorite books for the whole world to see. In the flexible world of book apps, it’s possible for today’s children and that dream has come true for four fans of the acclaimed children’s book app, “Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island.”

Karen Robertson, author of “Treasure Kai,” held a contest – “Be an App Star” – to find fans to feature in the app. To land the cameo roles, the children drew treasure maps and included the hero, Treasure Kai, somewhere on their maps. Award-winning illustrator of Treasure Kai, Victor Guiza, designed cartoons in the images of the winners. The new version of the app that features the fans can be downloaded via the Apple store.

“With book apps, authors have a whole new way to involve fans with our stories because we can easily change content and update our apps,” said Robertson. “The ‘App Star’ contest has been a terrific way to build excitement among our readers and buzz about our app. Children and parents from around the world participated, something that would have been hard to do with our printed book.”

A public online vote determined the 15 semi-finalists who advanced to a panel of guest judges that selected one winner from each age group. The winner are Riley Darlison 6, Hunter Brossman 7, and Walid Sibai 11. Angela Walsh, an 11 year-old with Down syndrome, won the “Creator’s Choice” award from the author and illustrator for her enchanting abstract map.

If children’s wishes for presents came true last Christmas, they will get to meet the new app stars. Almost half of children ages 6-12 – 44% – wanted an iPad for Christmas, according to a Nielsen survey. The next most requested gifts were iPod touches (30%) and iPhones (27%), all of which run the Treasure Kai app.

Book app, “Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island” is a Digital Storytime Top 25 Most Essential Children’s Book App, Top 10 Most Original, and won “Best in Category” for apps at the New Media Film Festival in San Francisco.

Located in Sydney, Australia, Treasure Bound Books Pty Ltd creates interactive books apps and companion online content for kids. The developer is committed to bringing children all over the world dynamic digital reading experiences that inspire a love for reading. All Material and Software (C) 2007-2012 Treasure Bound Books Pty Ltd / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, the iPod logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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