The UnStealer by The Happy Dandelion – Review & Giveaway of all five apps!



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What we love…

whimsical story that helps bring positive meaning to the “un” with beautiful illustrations

What we’d love to see…

word highlighting as the story is read, better instructions on how to “use” the app when first opened, for example you need to touch the first word on the page in order to hear the narration

Summary

Whimsical tale of the “un” stealer who takes away bad feelings and brings good ones in with the simple removal of two letters before many words.

Our Rating

Guest review by Carissa of Digital Storytime
The UnStealer, by Joshua and Donna Wilson, is a new book app from developer the happy dandelion, with an enhanced tale about semantics that is never un-satisfying. The ‘unstealer’ is a bandit who steals the prefix ‘un’ from the front of many otherwise un-happy utterances. He is pictured primarily in silhouette as he leaves each page, although a full picture is on the cover, showing him with UN’s spilling out of his pockets. These fun illustrations create a nice visual background for a well-written picture book about modifying the meaning of words (for the better).

A sad clown is cheered up when his unfunny feelings are ‘undone’ by this word-smithing thief, as well as many others who find themselves in unwelcome situations. The interactive elements for young fingers are perfectly tailored to the narrative, reinforcing concepts well. Tapping on the colored words for things like ‘large’ or ‘small’ and ‘upper’ or ‘lowercase’ causes the “UN” on the screen to change accordingly, for instance. The app has no ‘extras’ but plenty of content to engage young readers in their pursuit of a good story.

Pages are turned by a simple swipe and settings include a page guide, home button but no audio settings. Audio narration is nicely read, feeling polished despite a slight echo, although the text does not highlight as narrated. It’s not obvious at first how to use the ‘read to me’ function unless you first check out the ‘how to’ menu (access it from the title page). To start the voice-over, you simply tap the first letter of the first sentence at the top of the screen.

Note: For silent reading, be aware that there is no way to stop the narration if accidentally triggered, except to swipe the page; this app also over-rides the hard mute button, so volume must be manually muted for sound effects to be silenced (on the iPad, tested only at time of review).

Other helpful tips include to, “try touching and dragging everything!” which is good advice for this title with tiltable, tappable enhancements. Each page is full of things to explore, fun surprises and a story that is worth many repeat visits. HopefullyThe UnStealerwill leave my sentences alone, because this is one unforgettable tale!

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This app is a delightful story that helps turn the “day” into good with the simple removal of the “un” with lots of interaction on each page, bright colorful illustrations and after the “un” is stolen a happy ending for each of the mini-stories.

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Giveaway

If you would like to win copy of all 5 apps from The Happy Dandelion, please enter via the widget below. The apps are: The Unstealer, A to Sea (read our review), Queen Bee in Paris, Little Lamb in Amsterdam and Who is the Ugliest of All. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide, and an iTunes account is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!

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Fierce Grey Mouse HD by Chantal Bourgogne & Tizio BV- Review




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Summary

A charming book app with beautiful hand painted illustrations. An outstanding book app for young readers.

Our Rating

This was review first published on Digital Storytime on May 12, 2011

Fierce Grey Mouse HD Prepare yourself for one very cute mouse story. This book opens with a little grey mouse removing the word ‘little’ to put the word ‘fierce’ in its place for the title page. The letters are like cut-outs from magazine copy, giving the book a whimsical quality. The illustrations are hand-drawn and color-drenched, creating the perfect backdrop to the story. Every page is also filled with small but delightful animated elements triggered by tapping on the characters.

Little grey mouse wants to be fierce. So he lifts weights, practices pouncing and perfects his roar. Then he hides in a tree to wait for someone to scare. His good friends come by first, calling for their little mouse friend to play. Instead they are scared out of their wits by something ‘fierce’ roaring and pouncing from the tree. Eventually mouse is all alone and realizes he’s lonely. The subtle moral emerges that he doesn’t need to be ‘fierce’ to be happy; in fact his friends prefer him to just be a ‘little’ grey mouse. It ends with the friends playing peacefully again.

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This ebook is well made. It has cute page turn arrows (of mouse’s duck and pig friend holding arrows), a nice page guide, ample settings and even the ability to change to a normal font for easier reading (an important feature for young learner readers). There are also a couple nice little extras: 2 different matching games and 2 pages to color from the story.

This is the kind of title that delights young readers and adults alike, making it a great bedtime read (minus the games of course). The book also comes with several options for English, Spanish & Dutch narration. Overall, this is an outstanding book app, from the opening page to the final scenes. It has gorgeous graphics, charming characters and just the right amount of animated interactivity to engage young readers. My highest recommendation.

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Bean’s Baby by appropo – Guest post from Digital Storytime



Reviewed by Carisa Kluver of Digital Storytime

What we love…

simple story – similar to a board book designed for the youngest of listeners from baby through age three; beautiful illustrations

Summary

I rarely recommend an app for children under two, but this one is well adapted to the developmental needs of even the youngest listeners

Our Rating

An adorable black cat named Bean joins the app world after being introduced to toddlers in print in 1998. This is a precious series about a cat and “his” baby. We see Bean’s many ‘possessions’ … since anyone with a cat knows they ‘own’ everything in their environment. But in addition to Bean’s ball and his window, there is a baby introduced … so of course this will be Bean’s baby too. Cat and baby lovers will find this equally satisfying, as the timeless love affair begins between a real baby and the ‘baby’ of the household. Families will enjoy this book as they identify with the tension between a beloved pet and a new bundle of joy.

Author Sarah Hines Stephens shares this well-crafted story for the very youngest readers, with illustrations by Anna Grossnickle Hines. Anna’s illustrations can also be seen in another sweet book app, Not Without Bear. In print, this title was well-loved. It is pitch perfect for little fingers and ears, with a slow paced and simple story that begins with a single word, “Bean”, accompanied by an image of a beautiful black cat with green eyes.

This is not a riveting storyline … more akin to an early reader or board book. Very light animation and sound effects enhance the title in a very minimal way that is especially appropriate for young listeners. Lovely narration is optional, including word-for-word highlighting to enhance early literacy. The animation and interactivity could be more polished, but this title, created with Kwiksher software, is a great example of how to enhance a book for babies.

For audiences ages three and under, titles need to follow the motto of “less is more”. Bean’s Baby is a title that clearly took this advice to heart. When reading this book app with a young child, parents and caregivers can expect the minimal use of ‘bells and whistles’ to help kids focus on the main elements of the simple story. Books like this, in digital or print, are the backbone of building early literacy and for that reason alone, I highly recommend this title.

 

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The temptation among many developers of children’s stories in the app world is to add everything possible, but in the end it can overwhelm and over-stimulate young readers. The Bean’s Baby series shows off a style that is spot on for developmentally appropriate reading in app form. This book is available (at time of review) for free, with additional titles available for $1.99, making this a very reasonably priced series to add to any digital library for babies & toddlers. I rarely recommend an app for children under two, but this one is well adapted to the developmental needs of even the youngest listeners. Recommended! –

See the original review at Digital Storytime.


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Bean’s Baby by appropo – Guest post from Digital Storytime



Reviewed by Carisa Kluver of Digital Storytime

What we love…

simple story – similar to a board book designed for the youngest of listeners from baby through age three; beautiful illustrations

Summary

I rarely recommend an app for children under two, but this one is well adapted to the developmental needs of even the youngest listeners

Our Rating

An adorable black cat named Bean joins the app world after being introduced to toddlers in print in 1998. This is a precious series about a cat and “his” baby. We see Bean’s many ‘possessions’ … since anyone with a cat knows they ‘own’ everything in their environment. But in addition to Bean’s ball and his window, there is a baby introduced … so of course this will be Bean’s baby too. Cat and baby lovers will find this equally satisfying, as the timeless love affair begins between a real baby and the ‘baby’ of the household. Families will enjoy this book as they identify with the tension between a beloved pet and a new bundle of joy.

Author Sarah Hines Stephens shares this well-crafted story for the very youngest readers, with illustrations by Anna Grossnickle Hines. Anna’s illustrations can also be seen in another sweet book app, Not Without Bear. In print, this title was well-loved. It is pitch perfect for little fingers and ears, with a slow paced and simple story that begins with a single word, “Bean”, accompanied by an image of a beautiful black cat with green eyes.

This is not a riveting storyline … more akin to an early reader or board book. Very light animation and sound effects enhance the title in a very minimal way that is especially appropriate for young listeners. Lovely narration is optional, including word-for-word highlighting to enhance early literacy. The animation and interactivity could be more polished, but this title, created with Kwiksher software, is a great example of how to enhance a book for babies.

For audiences ages three and under, titles need to follow the motto of “less is more”. Bean’s Baby is a title that clearly took this advice to heart. When reading this book app with a young child, parents and caregivers can expect the minimal use of ‘bells and whistles’ to help kids focus on the main elements of the simple story. Books like this, in digital or print, are the backbone of building early literacy and for that reason alone, I highly recommend this title.

 

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The temptation among many developers of children’s stories in the app world is to add everything possible, but in the end it can overwhelm and over-stimulate young readers. The Bean’s Baby series shows off a style that is spot on for developmentally appropriate reading in app form. This book is available (at time of review) for free, with additional titles available for $1.99, making this a very reasonably priced series to add to any digital library for babies & toddlers. I rarely recommend an app for children under two, but this one is well adapted to the developmental needs of even the youngest listeners. Recommended! –

See the original review at Digital Storytime.


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