Alphabet Book

App review by
Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media
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Ads, loud buzzer mar otherwise engaging learning app.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn the names of shapes, numbers through nine, and the letters of the alphabet. The Learn section gives kids the opportunity to recognize the written names of shapes and numbers, but this skill is omitted from the Quiz section. Alphabet Book achieves its simple learning goal well -- shape, number, and letter naming -- but misses out on opportunities to incorporate more learning.

Ease of Play

Simply touch the screen to view different cards and choose correct answers.

Violence & Scariness
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Consumerism

Advertisements pop up along the bottom and the top of the screen, encouraging kids to purchase other games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alphabet Book is a kids app that aims help children learn to identify letters, shapes, and numbers. In the "learn" section, kids can scroll through different shapes, numbers, and letters while a narrator pronounces each item. After spending time learning each category, kids can go to the quiz section, where they will be tested on their knowledge. The quiz section displays four different cards, then asks the player to identify the correct item. Correct answers get applause; incorrect answers get a very loud and discouraging "buzz."

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What's it about?

Kids start off in the Learn area with a grid of letters, numbers, and shapes. The narrator states the names, and kids can tap the speaker button to listen to the names as many times as they want. The Quiz area presents a grid of four objects, and the narrator states the name of one. Kids can select the speaker button any number of times before tapping the right one. A big red X and a buzzer tells them if they’re wrong; a green check and applause tells them if they’re right. Kids can choose to move on before getting it right or just try again.

Is it any good?

ALPHABET BOOK's bright colors and clear pronunciation make this app a potentially engaging way for kids to learn to identify capital letters, numbers, and shapes. The quiz section can be fun for kids who enjoy showing what they know, although the loud, discouraging buzz for incorrect answers can be startling. That -- and the very distracting advertisements -- prevent Alphabet Book from being a great learning tool.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help your kids cut out letters and shapes from magazines and make collages.

  • Do a shape hunt around the house.

  • Help your kids decorate large name signs for their rooms.

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