A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
What's it about?
Tap "Create a Comic" and choose from three modes: Story Starter, Fill in the Blanks, or Start from Scratch. Story Starter provides the beginning frames and gives kids options for characters, backgrounds, word balloons, props, and sound effects. In Fill in the Blanks, kids get a completed comic drawing but empty word balloons to fill in. Start from Scratch provides different layouts but no content. Once kids complete a comic, they can save it or send via email. Kids can also view original comics by Big Nate's creator.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
If your kid is having a challenge at school with a teacher or friends, suggest he or she try to play it out in a comic and see what happens.
Ask questions about your kid's comics: Why did you choose those characters? That sound effect? That background? What was that character feeling in that scene?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling
- Skills: Emotional Development: identifying emotions
Creativity: imagination, producing new content
Communication: multiple forms of expression
- Price: $2.99
- Release date: August 17, 2012
- Category: Education
- Topics: Book characters
- Size: 29.20 MB
- Publisher: Night & Day Studios, Inc.
- Version: 1.2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
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