A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Browse the BOOKFUL library to find a book and then choose to read it or play its associated games. The read mode starts an audio narration and 3D illustrations. At any time kids can switch to AR mode, turn off the background music, and access a how-to tutorial. In 3D mode, kids can rotate, move, and resize graphics; in AR mode, they simply walk around the graphic to see it from different angles. Games use the same 3D or AR graphics as the books, and include memory, spelling hide and seek, and coloring activities.
Is it any good?
Though the 3D and AR graphics are certainly cool and lots of fun, it's not clear that they add much to the reading experience in this small library. Both the 3D and AR graphics offer a really neat way to get a 360-degree, animated look at the book's graphics. On a small phone screen, the graphics feel a bit small, so the bigger the screen, the better the experience. Though while some of the books are great titles, the focus on super fancy graphics may actually distract kids from the actual reading. The games are mostly simple, but they do add an additional way for kids to interact with the app. Parents looking for a digital library to offer reading practice and kids literature to their kids will do best looking elsewhere. But parents looking to let their enjoy some of technology's latest achievements in creating digital worlds may want to check out Bookful.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the books in Bookful. What books appeal to your kids? Why? Read them together and talk about what you read.
How is it different reading a book on a screen versus on paper? How about the 3D and AR graphics? What does it feel like to watch the story happen all around you? Does it make it more interesting? Why or why not?
If any of the books spark kids' interest, help them find more information. Do they like the music series? Listen to classical music or to the sounds of different instruments. Loved the snakes book? Find out more with documentaries, internet searches, or visits to the library or pet store.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (free download includes limited content; purchase individual books for $3.99 each; package of nine for $19.99)
- Release date: January 7, 2019
- Category: Books
- Topics: Dinosaurs, Book Characters, Music and Sing-Along, Science and Nature
- Size: 176.60 MB
- Publisher: Inception VR
- Version: 1.1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.0 or later
- Last updated: January 14, 2019
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