Friday, April 08, 2011
Monkey & Croc an iPhone app for kids
Yesterday I downloaded my first picture book app for an iPhone. I haven't exactly jumped on the band wagon sooner, partly because I don't have any little ones at home any more. Besides, I tend to love the feel of picture books. The app I downloaded was Monkey & Croc by Will Terry. I totally loved it. It's a simple, but engaging story that would amuse if you were, say at the grocery store checkout with an ansty toddler, or stuck in traffic with a whiny preschooler in need of a snack. The art is clean, bright, and punchy enough to be appeal. The story line is pretty simple, but hey, it works well on a small screen. You can choose to read it yourself, or have it read. Each word lights up as it's read. And, there aren't a lot of bells and whistles of the sort that can be off-putting. The only thing I didn't like was that if you choose the voice feature, the enunciation of individual words tends to impede the story's flow. Still, for $2.99 you can hardly go wrong...and it's available as a PDF, through Amazon (for Kindle), Barnes & Noble (for Nook) and as an app for an iPad or iPhone through iTunes. Below is the trailer that Will says, "I had way too much fun making."