Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Children's App Review, How the dodo learned to fly


I have a soft spot in my heart for dodos, mostly because one of my own children's novels features one. So I decided to take a look at a free book app: How the dodo earned to fly, by Olivier Mamet.

When kids click on the icon in their iPads, it opens to a screen inviting them to choose Info, Read myself, Read to me. The graphic design is really appealing -  bright, colourful, cute. Reading is a matter of swiping pages which have a small amount of text in a box, over a background picture. Some pages have additional areas to click, making the app slightly interactive. But the story itself in this free app is really only an introduction to the whole app, with an invitation to purchase the full version at the end. Content in this free app works smoothly.

I admired the graphic design of this app. Sadly, there is a spelling error in it, with persistent becoming "persistant".
The great thing, with free apps like this, is that they are an opportunity to "try before you buy". You can get an idea of whether you like the style of writing and art work in a book, or whether you will enjoy playing a game. Take a look at How the dodo learned to fly via iTunes.

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