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Nighty Night HD
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Nighty Night HD is a short, nearly wordless interactive book about going to bed. Kids get to tap the rooms of the house (or barn) that still have lights on, and then, once they've entered that room, they get to turn off the light and put the animals to sleep. There's not much of a story and the few words are only spoken, not written, so parents shouldn't expect this to be a reading app. It does however, have nice cause-and-effect lessons for toddlers (and will be just plain fun for preschoolers and kindergartners) and is accompanied by soothing going-to-sleep music.
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Is it any good?
NIGHTY NIGHT HD has strikingly beautiful graphics, especially in its lighting effects. And toddlers will love having control over bedtime for the animals. They know they must eventually turn off the light in each room, and that when they do, the animal will go to sleep, but until then, they can keep tapping the animal to play with it for as long as they want. Once kids have given in to the temptation to turn off the light in a room (and it is quite tempting), they can try to wake the animal, but it won't work. The animals may blink or stir, but they won't get up again. Lesson: Lights out means sleeping -- period. It would have been nice to have the story's few words spelled out on the page for kids to read (rather than just spoken by the narrator), but you need to think of this more as an interactive version of a baby's board book than an older kid's picture book.