A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures: What's Cooking? is a licensed Sesame Street storybook app, featuring clay versions of the Bert and Ernie characters. The story, read by the show's Gordon, is about Bert and Ernie trying to run a bakery. They get a difficult order from a customer and Bert tries to follow all the recipe directions as well as he can. Ernie, on the other hand, just follows his gut and has fun. Everything seems to go wrong, but when the customer shows up, he's happy with their creation. The message is that wonderful things can happen sometimes when you go off on your own and get creative, but know your child before you read them this story, as some preschoolers (those who have trouble following rules to begin with) may take the moral the wrong way. In addition, the app is also affected by a few strange glitches, and the coloring pages don't work very well.
Is it any good?
The clay-character illustrations in BERT AND ERNIE'S GREAT ADVENTURES: WHAT'S COOKING? are certainly appealing, and the narration by Roscoe Orman (Sesame Street's Gordon) is great. But this is still a lackluster storybook app. The app's strange tendency to flash white in the middle of a bit of narration is annoying to say the least, and makes kids think the app is about to crash (even if it doesn't). The story itself is not very exciting (and some authority-flouting preschoolers might not understand the nuance of the message). And while it's nice to have coloring pages as a bonus, these pages don't highlight the color that is in use, so that kids don't know which color they are using until they start to draw.
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