Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy - HD Kids Book

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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The first storybook app for deaf children.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

There aren't a lot of controls in the book. Finger swipes will turn the page, as expected, but arrows that appear at the bottom of the page are the recommended way to read the book.

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An obscure link hidden amongst the app's settings takes readers to a page advertising other books from iStoryTime.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy is an electronic book that is designed with deaf children in mind. The book has the standard "read to me" and "read it myself" options, but deaf children can have the booked signed to them via an interpreter, a first for ebooks. This promotes reading skills for deaf children and gives hearing kids a chance to observe, if not learn, American Sign Language.

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Is it any good?

Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy is one of the first apps for kids to take the needs of deaf users in mind. The ASL interpretation of the book is well done, with plenty of expression on the interpreter's face relaying the impact of the author's words. It is, however, much less interactive than other children's storybook apps, which is a wasted opportunity. And often the entire page's dialogue isn't
shown at once, so kids choosing to read without narration may inadvertently skip parts of the
story by finger swiping between pages instead of using the arrow keys on screen.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: August 5, 2010
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: FrogDogMedia LLC
  • Version: 2.0
  • Minimum software requirements: OS 3.2

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