A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to express themselves through storytelling. They'll also practice speaking clearly and reading out loud. Reluctant readers may be enticed by the involvement of tech.
Ease of Play
Response time lags sometimes and the menu can be a bit confusing.
Products & Purchases
If kids try to save more than one story, they are invited to purchase unlimited saving capabilities for $.99
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This app offers an idea that may appeal to some families but doesn't work well enough to satify them. New advances in voice recognition get developers really excited, though it's less clear if the technology works well or makes sense for families yet. In some ways, the idea is interesting: enrich your stories with sound and visual effects to make story time an immersive experience and enhance the stories that kids make up on their own. And, when it's working well, that can be what it feels like. Unfortunately the transcription often lags far behind your natural pace of reading so the effects come in too late. And, only some words have associated effects, so you have to choose your stories and words carefully to match what's available (hint: animals, weather, and transportation are good themes). It's nice to save the stories, but is incredibly disappointing that all you can save is a print copy of your transcribed words. There's no way to go back and hear the story again, or re-read that same story to get the sound effects going again. On the other hand, some families may wonder why they need a screen to enhance story time. Isn't the power of the imagination what reading stories is all about? For those families, Noisy Book may feel like yet another way that technology is creeping into everything that we do.
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