Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures: What's Cooking?

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Unexciting Sesame Street story in a glitchy app.

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Ease of play

The highlighting of words makes it easier for young readers to follow along, but there are a few strange glitches, during which the screen with flash white -- they don't interrupt the story, but they can be distracting. There's one problematic element in the coloring pages, too: There's no way to see what color the crayon is set to until you start drawing with it.

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This is a Sesame Street app, featuring the show's logo and characters.

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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.

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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:January 25, 2011
Category:Books
Publisher:Sesame Street
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Teen, 17 years old Written bypaul334 February 22, 2015
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Why Sesame Street?....

A disturbing app about how to harvest human organs. There is one sexual scene with Bert, Ernie, and a tub of gazpacho. Overall, just plain gross!
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Parent of a 6, 10, and 14 year old Written byKako January 19, 2015
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Cute!

When Noggin aired Sesame Street Unpaved, it highlighted episodes including Ernie and his roommate, Bert. This story is better for kids than the funny antics of Ernie from the early episodes, as it accounts for new educational standards. Not to mention how cute the clay models are!
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