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…]
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.
The book app, Snow White by Nosy Crow, is a smart, and sometimes hilarious take of a classic fairy tale. In true Nosy Crow style, this app features vibrant illustrations. It preserves the key elements of the classic story, but removes the scary stuff (gone are any references to bringing her heart back to the queen). A modern sensibility persists, and the results are often hilarious (my favourite: the time Snow White refuses the queen’s poisoned cupcake because she just brushed her teeth). The interactivity is well-placed: for example, children can rock their iPad to put baby Snow White to sleep or, later in the story, they may help the stepmother make her poisoned brew. This app is a healthy brew of vibrant illustration, a modern sensibility, and clever interactive moments. It promises to pull your child into a magical world of reading and storytelling. [Read more…]
The Little Bug is an interactive, 28-page story about a blue caterpillar and the insects it encounters in a garden. Children and parents will enjoy the stellar graphics and the abundance of interactive elements. This story celebrates the diversity and ingenuity of nature. It also empowers children to reflect on their own talents.