1 Little Boy

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Charming journey of imagination and counting.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Navigating the story is easily achieved with buttons at the bottom of the page. And children will quickly learn how to bring the characters into existence by tapping the screen.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
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Consumerism

A link from the title screen takes users to a Web page listing the developer's other apps.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Very private but users can connect to their Twitter or Facebook pages to share their thoughts about the app. Those connections, though, are through log-in pages owned by those social media companies and the data does not seem to be collected by Touchoo.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 1 Little Boy is a charming storybook app that encourages players to boost their counting and reading skills. A little boy takes a journey of imagination, picturing himself skipping down the road -- and other locations -- with his stuffed animals, all of whom are clever nods to other fairy tale standards (such as Puss in Boots and the cow who jumped over the moon). Animals make appropriate sounds when their images are touched and can be tapped into existence on subsequent screens, which aids in learning numbers. The story can be read without aid by an older user, narrated by Aviv Katz or parents with an iPad or iPhone can record their own voices to narrate the story to their children.

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1 Little Boy is not just good. It's wonderful. The story is basic, but the twist that the entire trip has occured in a child's imagination is a great way to encourage your kids to dream. The apps enhances the story with gorgeous artwork and a bare-bones approach to letting the story unfold. It's one of the few apps that allows parents to record their own voice to narrate the story, which makes it more personal for young readers. The price is a little higher than we'd like, but it's by no means excessive. This is a wonderful addition to your app collection if you have young children.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:June 3, 2010
Category:Education
Publisher:Touchoo
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.2 or later

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Adult Written byDori123 January 8, 2011
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5
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Great Book!!

Great interactive book! Teaches counting in a fun engaging way. My kids just love the sound effects and play them it over and over again.
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Adult Written byuriash October 23, 2010
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2
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My kid can't stop reading and playing with it!

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Parent Written bypattyvega July 23, 2014
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2
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Illegible on iPad

The top line of text got cut off from my iPad 2 and iPad mini so we couldn't read it. For the price we were expecting more interactivity and better graphics I didn't realize the original comments were 2010 and this might have been more innovative at the time. There are no prompts on what to touch and much of the screen does nothing so my 3-yo son got bored and frustrated. I couldn't read the text so I got frustrated too. I tried reinstalling and restarting but the text was still too high to read. Very simple text, we've been reading similar counting board books in print since he was born so it is closer to 2 year than 3 year. Looks good on iPhone so it might be good for a kid with a Touch but bedtime reading from iPhone is not fun. I will update review if it gets updated but not worth the price if you are on an iPad.

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