Cozmo's Day Off - Children's Interactive Storybook

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Cute story; astonishing amount of interactive elements.

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Very young kids may need you to show them how to use some features, like the voice changing meter for the narrator, but once you explain how those things work, even preschoolers should be able to handle doing them. The book provides you a way to navigate to your favorite page.

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The man in the moon is depicted with a pipe sticking out of his mouth. If you tap the pipe, however, stars float out of it.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cozmo's Day Off - Children's Interactive Storybook is about a cute alien who runs into a series of obstacles on his way to work, only to discover upon getting there that he had the day off. There are scores of interactive elements, some of which are easily marked, but others that remain hidden for children to discover as they explore each illustrated page. There is one illustration that shows the man-in-the-moon with a pipe in his mouth, but when tapped, that pipe releases stars, not smoke. There are also a number of mini-games, including a memory-game, a "whack-a-mole" style alien catching scene, a jigsaw puzzle, and an old-school spaceship flying game.

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COZMO'S DAY OFF has an astonishing number of interactive elements (over a hundred, according to the app's iTunes info). Each page offers a playground of tapping, with so much to find and do within each gorgeous semi-retro illustration. In addition to triggering animations and audio cues, you can move objects around in the illustrations. You'll also find bona fide mini-games to play. Not all of the interactive bits are well marked, but that only serves to encourage exploration. And many of the items in the pictures will produce a different response when tapped for a second or third time. One super-fun element is the voice-changer that allows kids to manipulate the sound of the narration -- the voice-over can sound like a low-and-slow ogre, a regular reader,  or a speedy, high-pitched alien. The story here is cute, but slight. Most kids won't care about the thin plot, though -- they'll be too busy searching out all the amazing things they can make happen on every page. As a very neat bonus, the app even has a cool music soundtrack.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$3.99
Release date:January 10, 2011
Category:Books
Size:256.00 MB
Publisher:Ayars Animation Inc.
Version:1.2.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Parent of a 14 year old Written byVic Renneberg January 26, 2011
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IT WILL BLOW YOU AWAY WITH AWESOME ANIMATION AND FUN FOR THE KIDS

AYARS ANIMATION HAS DONE IT AGAIN WITH 'COZMO'S DAY OFF'
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Adult Written byCHRISATTACKS April 18, 2011
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today greatness is spelled Ayars Animation!

I think we've all had a day where every obstacle is thrown in our way on the way to work, and our friend Cozmo is no different! I have nephews (6 and 11) and they both love the story of Cozmo! The interactivity, and the cool extras in the story, make this app one of a kind! Ayars Animation has done it again!
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Parent of a 16 year old Written bydugaboo February 11, 2011
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Cozmo's Day Off is packed with fun and educational value!

There is a featue to allow you to become the narrator. How cool is this, the kids can "read" and "record" their own voice. Then they can speed it up or make it veeerrrryyyy slllloooowww.
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