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Even Monsters Are Shy

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Learning(i)

Sweet story gives kids real tips for making friends.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Kids can choose a "Read to Me" narrated version or self-read option. Simply tap the green arrows to move pages forward or back or tap the screen and watch what certain interactive characters and objects can do (not all interactive items glow or flash to clue kids into which ones to tap). The eight easy games include minimal visual clues, but no audio instructions. Kids can also tap on a pages icon on the main screen to go directly to one of the 24 book pages. 

Violence & scariness

No violence, but one game includes little monsters that kids "catch" with circus-style mini-trampolines, and if kids don't place the trampoline in just the right spot, the monster splats on its head on the ground and appears injured, which may be scary for some very young kids.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

No ads or in-app purchases. Links to other apps by this developer are located in a kid-protected area. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Even Monsters Are Shy is a storybook app with eight interactive games and a built-in, three-step plan for making friends. The sweet, 24-page story is about a little boy and his monster, Gurk, who is very shy. The boy gives the monster tips for making friends and encourages him to become more outgoing. He asks him to go to a circus, but Gurk is just too shy. Still, Gurk's struggles lead to a funny, triumphant ending. Kids can read the story or have it read to them by the app's narrator. The games -- which let you shoot marshmallows at targets and juggle bouncy balls -- are just for fun. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions
  • moving beyond obstacles
  • self-awareness
  • empathy

Health & Fitness

  • mental health

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This engaging, 24-page storybook includes beautiful interactive illustrations, a read-to-me option, and eight games -- including one that lets you shoot marshmallows at targets and another that has you juggle bouncy balls -- that are fun and easy to play. 

Learning Approach

Gurk, the monster, struggles with shyness, and shy kids may relate to his feelings. His efforts to learn the new skills presented on the app and to overcome his fear of new friends lead to a funny, triumphant ending.

Support

Kids can choose a "Read to Me" narrated version or the self-read option. Not all interactive items are obvious, and some games are more self-explanatory than others. Adding some verbal instructions, activity extension ideas, and conversation starters to further the lessons could boost the learning experience. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions
  • moving beyond obstacles
  • self-awareness
  • empathy

Health & Fitness

  • mental health

Kids can learn a three-step plan for making new friends as they read an encouraging story about a cute monster overcoming shyness in Even Monsters Are Shy. Kids are encouraged to try simple behaviors such as smiling, introducing oneself, and being oneself to make friends. These basic but important body-language and verbal skills are intertwined with the engaging story (which includes fun, interactive games) that can help kids learn important social lessons. Even Monsters Are Shy is a gentle storybook app that models how to feel more comfortable in social situations.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

What's it about?

Kids can choose a "Read to Me" narrated version or self-read option for EVEN MONSTERS ARE SHY. Tap the green arrows to move pages forward or back, or tap on the screen to watch what happens to interactive objects and characters. The eight easy games include minimal visual clues but no audio instructions. Kids also can tap on the pages icon on the main screen to go to one of the 24 book pages.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Even Monsters Are Shy isn't a solution for shyness, but it can be a lighthearted way to introduce simple ideas to very young kids about how to overcome the fear of making friends. Gurk, the likable monster in the story who's afraid to make friends, learns to smile, say hello, and just be himself. The eye-catching interactive elements, fun mini-games, and quality narration hold kids' attention. Adding some activity extension ideas and conversation starters to further the lessons could boost the learning experience. Even Monsters Are Shy is a pleasant way to help kids learn simple, important social skills.

Families can talk about...

  • Practice the simple behaviors incorporated into this app's story (such as smiling, saying hello, and introducing yourself) with your kids before they go into a situation where they will be meeting people.

  • In this story, wanting to go to the circus motivated the monster to try new behaviors. Find motivating events or activities to encourage your kid to overcome shyness.

  • Parents may need to help some very young kids figure out how to play a few of the mini-games, since the visual cues are limited and there are no verbal instructions.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:March 27, 2014
Category:Education
Topics:Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Size:376.00 MB
Publisher:Busy Bee Studios
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later

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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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