Parents' Guide to

David Wiesner's Spot

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Stunning, innovative ebook best with companion guide.

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David Wiesner's Spot is an innovative pairing of technology and natural curiosity and creativity. It takes advantage of kids' desire to look closer and ask questions, all while providing a beautiful landscape in which to do it, and kids will definitely be excited to explore. It stops just short of being amazing, though. You can zoom in and out, but there are very few clickable hot spots with resulting animation. This may have been deliberate on the part of the author, but once the kids understand that the goal is to explore, they end up doing a lot of tapping to see what will happen. It's disappointing to delve deeper and deeper, only to end up on a static image before having to retreat to look elsewhere. Just a bit more animation would take it from intriguing to delightful. Also, though the pinch/zoom dynamic makes sense, it's a difficult motor skill for young kids and a tedious one for adults. A toggle to allow people to tap on the hot spots would be friendlier. Though it doesn't bring quite as much replay value as it could, this lovely app is a wonderful addition to a virtual library, especially paired with the guide for parents.

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