Abigail’s Tales: First Day by Dabster Entertainment – Review



 

What we love…

beautifully illustrated book that tells us about Abigail’s day and her nervousness about it as well as all the ways she no longer needs to feel nervous.  Sharing ways not to be nervous was my son’s favorite part.

What we’d love to see…

way to customize the games so they didn’t get so hard quickly and ability to turn off the time

Summary

This is a beautifully illustrated book and game app which will help kids get over their jitters before the first day of school.  I can’t wait to try it with my older son before he goes back to school in the fall.

Our Rating

[APP ICON] Abigail’s Tales: First Day is the story of Abigail and her first day of second grade.  When she wakes up, she realizes it’s the first day of school and she begins to get nervous about it.  Abigail begins to get nervous about her funny feeling in her stomach, her mom reassures her about her first day of school and calls them butterflies.  Abigail gets ready for school and meets her classmates in Ms. Brady’s class.    This app features word highlighting, narration and beautiful illustrations.  It is both a storybook and a game.  The app features a typical second grade day including lunch, a field trip and time with friends.  The app includes a matching game and an opposite game.  The matching game has pictures and items to match.  The opposites game requires you to match up words.

I liked the reminders on how to help Abigail prepare for her first day, deep breaths, good thoughts, a uniform that is similar to other kids. A hug from Mom helps make the butterflies go away as she heads to class.  I also liked the story, it reminded me of somethings I might have done or my older son might have done like running around on the playground.  It’s great to see Abigail with her friends in the story and she’s no longer nervous about going to school.  First day jitters are always so hard for my kids – and I’m hoping when August rolls around that we will be able to read the story and remember that the first day is just another day.  I liked hearing that Abigail liked cats – I prompted my son to what he would say and he said art and lunch!  The ending also made me laugh when Abigail puts a special surprise in Jake’s pocket!  I also liked that kids could choose to have narration on/off/restart as well as the text highlighting on or off depending on their reading level.

In terms of enhancements, the games did get hard quickly.  The timer made my son a bit nervous the first few times he played.  I did like that the app adapted and made it harder or easier for him.

There are no in-app purchases, external links or advertising contained within the app.  This app is best for early grade school or perhaps older if kids are nervous before the first day.

This is a beautifully illustrated book and game app which will help kids get over their jitters before the first day of school.  I can’t wait to try it with my older son before he goes back to school in the fall.

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Abigail's Tales: First Day
Abigail's Tales: First Day
by Dabster Entertainment LLC

Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone5-iPhone5, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 294.51 MB

$0.99USD

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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.

 

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Who is the Ugliest of All? by The Happy Dandelion – Review



 

What we love…

fun interactive app featuring a girl as she dresses for a Halloween event, I really loved all the interactions on each page – and seeing what would happen if I tapped multiple times

What we’d love to see…

design your own treat bag, dress some of the other characters

Summary

This fun interactive Halloween themed app includes a girl and her inner voice as she gets ready in the mirror.  Join her adventures in picking her dress, shoes, socks, and makeup while getting ready.

Our Rating

Who is the Ugliest of All? iconWho is the Ugliest of All by The Happy Dandelion is a universal Halloween themed app for iOS featuring an interactive mirror.  The main character is a young girl who is trying to figure out what to wear to a Halloween trick or treat.  This storybook app has the main character picking out a dress – which she admits is tight and stained is her attire of choice.  She then puts on her stockings with a few repairs needed and mismatched socks of orange and teal as well as two different shoes – one grey and one brown.  Then it’s off to makeup, nails and hair.  Her hair has a raven nest with three small chicks and UV sunglasses to protect her eyes.  Be sure to check out the other apps by The Happy Dandelion which include Queen Bee in Paris, The UnStealer.

This app features narration of the story – simply tap on the text to have it read aloud as well as a variety of interactive elements on each page.  On the dress page there is a belt to tap, the dress which twinkles and disappears and then re-appears in the mirror.  By tapping on the mismatched shoes – a new rip appears which is quickly fixed by a spider who you can later swing after she’s completed her repairs.  Navigation is via hidden buttons at the top of each page – simply tap the left side to go back and the right side to go forward.

This app features the internal dialog  of a girl getting dressed for Halloween.  Join her as she finds her dress, puts on her mismatched socks and shoes while getting ready.  My favorite part of the app was putting on her makeup because all of the colors made me laugh – green lipstick, blue blush and the magic marker eyebrows.  The animations and illustrations in this app are great, I enjoyed tapping around (and tapping some things multiple times) to make sure I captured all of the various animations.  Seeing the gloves with no tips against the green smile and animation was cute as you could interact with each element.  The best though was the Raven’s nest in her hair – and the raven feeding her chicks with the worms!  The app is for older kids and adults as some of the self talk especially when she refers to herself as ugliest can be a bit self depreciating until you get to the last page when you discover she’s dressed for Trick or Treat!  On the last page you can unwrap a mummy, tap on Frankenstein, or make the magic stone glow.   The app ends well when you discover that the girl was simply putting together a Halloween costume!  I have to say that I have looked at this app multiple times – and it never fails to delight with the fun animations.

In terms of enhancements – it might be fun to dress some of the other characters on the last page or even to design her trick or treat bag,

This fun interactive Halloween themed app includes a girl and her inner voice as she gets ready in the mirror.  Join her adventures in picking her dress, shoes, socks, and makeup while getting ready.  The app is child-safe with no external links or in-app purchases.


Who is the Ugliest of All? Who is the Ugliest of All? by Joshua Wilson

Price: $3.99 USD

Who is the Ugliest of All? is an interactive Halloween Story featuring a young girl's internal dialog. With her questionable fashion choices and increasingly odd imperfections she challenges our conventional.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.



One Present, Please by Rain Boot Media LLC – Review



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What we love…

beautifully illustrated original text perfect for Elfie to bring and share with my kids that had mini games and seven different presents to keep my kids engaged

What we’d love to see…

a way to lock out the presents so you can’t open them all at once as well as an “easy mode” for some of the hidden objects as my younger child would lose interest. I’d also love to see it tie into the “12 days of Christmas” theme as well.

Summary

Overall, this is a beautifully illustrated app which really reminded me of Christmas and the tempting urge to open my gifts before the “big day”! I also liked that it encouraged Jake to give back a special surprise at the end.

Our Rating

One Present, PleaseOne Present, Please by Rain Boot Media LLC is a universal app for iOS which has seven days of holiday fun that culminate in opening a new present each day with a gift.  This Christmas themed app includes an original, interactive storybook which includes a storyline about why Jake feels he should open the present and then the challenges he must complete to accomplish them.  You can either “read to yourself” or “read along” and have the text narrated by Jake and his mom.

The story features beautiful illustrations with a young Jake who has beautiful blue eyes and a grin as he tries to bargain with his mom to open a Christmas gift.  The app also has you searching for objects like a “pear on a chair” or a “fish on a dish” to find the first gift.  You can pinch and zoom to make the image larger to make it easier to find the hidden objects.  After you successfully complete the task you get to open the gift – complete with the sound of ripping paper. You turn the pages with a candy cane and as you find the hidden objects they turn purple in the scene. My older son’s favorite present was #2 since he got to play the piano.  The app does try to pace you and encourages one present a day, however, you can override this and open all seven presents in one day.

I loved the illustrations in the app as well as the storyline which appealed to both my 8 year old and 2 year old.   The mini games were a bit too challenging for my 2 year old, but his older brother was quick to help him.   The story also has a fun storyline and I liked the mini games sprinkled in which made the app fun to play like the piano and memory game as well as “playing” the present.  My older son’s favorite part of the app was that his friend Elfie brought it and he didn’t get into “trouble” that night.  Elfie has been making a lot of messes here – and I was excited to see him sitting on the iPad instead of in a pile of cotton balls or diving into the dirty laundry.  I also liked that my son really had to look to solve the hidden objects and complete the mini games.  The storyline was great too – especially when Jake gets a special gift that he can give to someone he loves at the end of the story.  I also liked the realistic narration in the app as they switched between Jake and his mom. I also liked that it made my son think critically as he looked for the hidden gifts.

 

In terms of enhancements, a few times my younger son would get frustrated with the mini games especially when we really had to look around to find a hidden object.  I also wish there was a way to “lock out” the app from being able to open all of the gifts in one day.  The topic of the app is limited to Christmas but it’s a perfect app to be able to install annually. My older son asked me why it didn’t match up to the 12 days of Christmas — he thought it would be fun to have a few additional stories instead of just a weeks’ worth.

Overall, this is a beautifully illustrated app which really reminded me of Christmas and the tempting urge to open my gifts before the “big day”!  This seemed to satisfy my older son from wanting to find his gifts as we looked for each of the objects in the hidden object and the bonus was that I didn’t have to clean up after Elfie for a few days.  Huge win!

One Present, Please
One Present, Please
by Rain Boot Media LLC

Category: Entertainment, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 178.36 MB

$1.99USD

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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.

 

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.



Snot & Fluff – A Space Adventure by OhNoo Studio – Review



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What we love…

beautiful illustrations, music and fun story which encourages kids to use their imaginations as well as the tale of friendship

What we’d love to see…

ability to turn off the sound with the exception of the narration, collection spot for the stars and items that have been found through the story

Summary

My son hopes that there will be more Snot & Fluff adventures to see them journey through the galaxy now that they are back together.  He can’t wait to see what additional imaginative adventures that the two come up with on their journey!

Our Rating

Snot & Fluff - A Space Adventure Snot & Fluff by Onhnostudio is a whimsical space themed adventure story where Spot dreams of journey’s and Fluff is a cook testing new recipes.  The two are good friends and Snot decides to go on a space adventure to see if he can learn more about the galaxy who catches a comet with a lasso and gets ready for his adventure!  Unfortunately, Snot forgot to leave Fluff a note, and set off on his journey.  Fluff begins to get worried when he sees Snot fly away without his friend on the comet and he gets very sad about thoughts of losing his friend.  Fluff begins to tidy the cottage and decides to put together a space rocket to find Fluff – but he does improvise a bit while building it using his culinary creations including sticky custard to put the pieces together.  The app is designed for preschool through early elementary school and is gender neutral and appealed to both boys and girls when I tested it with them.   You can also page through and skip pages in the book to move to your favorite portion of the story.

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I love the beautiful illustrations of the book as well as the interactive elements and music on each page.  Some of the pages have mini puzzles like performing a series of tasks or collecting hidden stars (there are 88) to unlock a hidden page at the end of the book!  I also loved the imagination that was used throughout the story like using sticky custard to put together the space ship which was both smart and a great way to improvise to get the space ship put together.  My son also liked the hands that turned the pages.   Snot also goes on a mission to find a missing key for the pirates and after accomplishing the mission begins to miss his friend Fluff and his great desserts. The book has a theme of friendship as Snot and Fluff try to reunite.  The book is narrated and you can repeat the audio by tapping on the page after it is completed.  I also loved all the plays on words like “King Jelly”, “Broccoli Bandits”.  Snot heads to the Candinext planet to rescue his friend Fluff and the two are reunited!  Fluff is there making sweets and is very happy to see his friend.  Fluff tries to fix the kings missing horn – a task many have failed at and been put into jail using one of his confectionery creations which is successful!

 

In terms of improvements, my son asked for a counter or somewhere to keep his stars that he collected as well as the items that Snot lost including the pipe organ.  I would like a way to turn off the sounds/narration if a child didn’t want to hear them and wanted to simply focus on the text, currently I turned down my device but that meant that my son couldn’t hear the story.

There are external links including to the app store, but they are protected with a parental gate.  The story is available to be read and narrated in English, Polish, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish.

My son hopes that there will be more Snot & Fluff adventures to see them journey through the galaxy now that they are back together.  He’s currently busy drawing his own intergalactic adventure and wants to know the secret of the Broccoli Bandits!  This is a fun and imaginative book that encourages kids to touch and solve puzzles throughout the story and reunites the two friends Snot & Fluff.

Snot & Fluff - A Space Adventure
Snot & Fluff - A Space Adventure
by OhNoo Studio

Category: Books, Family, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 281.21 MB

$2.99USD

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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.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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