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Kids can learn storytelling skills and how to use their imagination to produce new content. Big Nate: Comix By U! can help kids practice using dialogue to tell stories, express emotion, and use humor effectively. There's no spell check or filter on this app, so parents may want to establish some rules about language and content, and they may want to check spelling when kids complete a comic. Kids can also learn how to collaborate with someone else's partially completed work (for example, drawings but no dialogue) to create new content. Kids can develop their creative skills as they add their own ideas to Big Nate's already big stories.
Ease of Play
Easy to play, especially for kids who are proficient in reading and spelling. Three modes of play -- Story Starter, Fill in the Blanks, and Start from Scratch -- give kids options. Kids can also simply view five original comics on the app by Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce.
There is no filter on this app, so kids can type in whatever words they want into the comic strips.
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Products & Purchases
A tab on the app's main page links kids to iTunes, where they can purchase Big Nate books and audio books. There's also a tab for "More Apps" on the same page, but there's also a warning that "More Apps is for Grown-ups!" You have to swipe two fingers across the screen to access a page where you can purchase more apps from Night & Day Studios.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that BIG NATE: COMIX BY U! gives kids a way to create their own stories on a comic strip using the popular characters from the Big Nate book series. While Big Nate is especially popular with boys, the bold, colorful comics and numerous characters and settings will appeal to both boys and girls who like comics and storytelling. Three modes of play give lots of options to kids at different spelling and storytelling skill levels. Kids can share their creations with friends via email or save them in a personal in-app gallery.
Is It Any Good?
Especially for kids who are interested in comics, Big Nate: Comix By U! will provide many sessions of fun. Many of the pre-designed backgrounds are related to school or outdoors with friends and include similar settings to the Big Nate books, so kids can often use their real-life experiences in the creation of their own versions of the Big Nate comic strips, providing an outlet for personal storytelling, identifying emotions, humor, and creativity. Kids who cannot yet spell or read well may be frustrated with this app, unless assisted by a parent. For Big Nate fans, this app is sure to inspire and entertain.
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