A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Even Monsters Get Sick is a cute and engaging story about Harry, whose monster at first seems tired and bored, but turns out to be sick. Of course the monster gets better after some TLC, and they have a great time together. It's a relatable story, especially for kids who are feeling under the weather. There are lots of interactive features and activities that are innovative and relevant to the story.
What's it about?
In Even Monsters Get Sick, kids can listen to the narration by Harry, the main character, read it on their own, or have it read by someone else. They can discover interactive features on each page. Some are more involved than others, like having Harry bounce on a spoon to launch soup into the monster's mouth. Kids can also tap on the text to hear it repeated. There are six activities embedded within the story, and kids can discover something new with each reading.
Is it any good?
Even Monsters Get Sick is a well-done book app. The narration is in a child's voice, and the pictures are just right. More importantly, the interactive features enhance the story rather than distract from it. For example, there are a couple of puzzles that are inserted within the story, but they forward the plot -- like when they are trying to get home, the puzzle is to lead the characters through a maze home. While the interactive features do not focus on building vocabulary or reading skills, they generally have a functional purpose (like scrolling the page to make the wagon keep moving), keeping the focus on the story.
Even Monsters Get Sick is a great example of taking an engaging story with the right mix of humor and lesson and combining it with interactive features to elevate the reading experience.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension
- Skills: Health & Fitness: preventing sickness
- Price: $.99
- Release date: July 6, 2012
- Category: Books
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 116.00 MB
- Publisher: Busy Bee Studios
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
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