What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bartleby's Book of Buttons Vol. 1: The Far Away Island is a short, but incredibly imaginative and fun interactive storybook about a man who collects buttons. Any time he finds himself in need, he tries pressing some of those buttons to see how they will affect his situation. There may not be too many pages in this ebook, but each one is loaded with a lot of interactivity. Note that there is no voiceover, though, so pre-readers will need a parent or older sibling along for the ride.
Is it any good?
The best part about BARTLEBY'S BOOK OF BUTTONS VOL. 1: THE FAR AWAY ISLAND's very long title is the "Vol. 1," because once you play with this app, you'll be eager to see more. Each page of this book is packed with buttons, levers, switches -- even a pump -- and there's a whole lot of fun to be had in trying them all out. But those interactive bits are for more than just exploration -- they affect the story. In order to move past each page, you need to fix, change, or reshape Bartleby's environment in some way. And figuring out which buttons to press, in what order, is how you do it. This is just as much a game as it is a book.