Millie & The Lost Key is part of series of book apps about a dog named Millie. The first one, Meet Millie, is free – so try it out before purchasing the rest. Millie is a dog on an wacky mission, a quest to find the key to endless bacon. This journey is ostensibly a doggie walk through Central Park. Told from Millie’s perspective, however, the walk is anything but sedate. Millie is the Indiana Jones of the canine world, in a frenzy of motion and danger, as she searches for her holy grail: the key to endless bacon. On her way, she encounters a crazy cast of characters, including a unicorn, piranhas, pirates and a rogue cat.
Crepes by Suzette is a simple story of a day in the life of a crepe vendor (aptly named Suzette) who wanders through Paris. After purchasing ingredients in a market, Suzette pushes her cart through some Paris’ most quintessential settings: Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Luxembourg Gardens, Notre-Dame Cathedral, to name a few. The book is a travelogue, a celebration of Paris, and an innovative multimedia experience. [Read more…]
The world of Simple Machines is whimsical, wonderful and beautifully rendered. Through open-ended play, children get to explore the physics of motion that govern six basic machines (and, no, a mobile phone is not one of them). There are levers, wheels, pulleys, screws, inclined planes and wedges. Each machine is featured separately so there are six very different playscapes to pick from. As kids tinker around, they see the laws of motion in action. For instance, when kids use a pulley to lift things, they’ll discover that a simple, one-wheel pulley can lift a bird, but it takes more pulleys to lift a space shuttle. [Read more…]
Milli the Snail is on a quest to find out what she does best. Or, as Milli puts it: “What makes me, me?”. With no other snails to consult (she is the only snail on Apple Tree Hill) – she sets off to consult her neighbours. The story is an allegory of the journey we begin as children. It is a journey to understand what makes each of us unique. Over the course of her journey, Milli discovers something important. What makes Milli unique isn’t the hefty shell she carries on her back. What makes Milli unique is her ability to be helpful. What makes this app unique is its beautiful watercolour and potato-print (yes, you read it correctly: potato-print) illustrations.
Help! The Huevos Rancheros gang have stolen gold and are camped out in the buildings of Mystery Word Town. Your child gets to assist a ghostly sheriff by conducting a room to room search of each of the buildings – until the gold is recovered and the criminals are captured. Six-shooters are not required, but a willingness to spell comes in handy. That’s because as players move from room to room, they collect letters and insert them into incomplete words. When a word is completed, a new room becomes accessible for them to explore. There’s gold in each building, and when a player finds all of the gold in the building, a criminal is captured: another one down for the Huevos Rancheros gang. [Read more…]