A Present for Milo: A Touch-and-Surprise Storybook

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Highly interactive book with dozens of tappable animations.

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Kids swipe to turn a page, and tap anywhere on the screen to trigger animations and sound effects. Kids can tap the "Home" to start the story over again. There's no Continue option, but the app's seamless nature means it's not suited to being paused anyway.

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An icon on the title page leads to a page where you can click to visit the Ruckus website, purchase other Ruckus apps and books, sign up for the company's newsletter, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Present for Milo: A Touch-and Surprise Storybook is an interactive story for preschoolers that follows the cat Milo chasing a mouse. As it turns out, the two are pals and the romp around the house in a lighthearted chase is a ruse to get Milo to where the mice can present him with a birthday present. There's narrated text that kids can follow along with, but since this book is directed at pre-readers, there is no option to read the story out loud by themselves.

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Parent of a 1-year-old Written byBetsy Bozdech October 26, 2011

Cute, but some drawbacks

This is definitely a cute app, but it has some issues that make it a little tricky for younger/impatient toddlers -- the pages have to load all the way before y... Continue reading

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Is it any good?

A PRESENT FOR MILO: A TOUCH-AND-SURPRISE STORYBOOK did not begin its life as a paper book but was designed from the ground up for the iPad, and it shows. Each colorful scene is rich with interactive elements that, when tapped, respond with animations and funny sound effects. The story itself is charming and has a surprise ending that will delight kids. This app is a fun visual treat that encourages kids to touch everything they see on the screen.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $1.99
  • Release date: December 8, 2010
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: Ruckus Media Group
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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