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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about storytelling. Opportunities to choose plot direction and color some story props allow kids to contribute creatively to the story. When kids explore the story choices, they'll see how different choices can lead to different results.
Ease of Play
Each step is clearly explained and easy to do.
Products & Purchases
Kids can use the app without buying anything, but there's a push to purchase the finished book, and that hardcover book is part of the major appeal of the app.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
With lots of silliness, this choose-your-own-adventure story will certainly get kids giggling, even if there is limited opportunity for their creative side to shine through. The world of the OOKS is just the right amount of kid crazy. Ooks themselves are silly combinations of your kid's favorites -- color, food, animal -- and they visit places like the marshmallow volcano or the café where kids can choose overcooked bellybutton fluff or a scrambled shoe as the day's special. It's easy to imagine kids having fun as they make their way through a classic story of good vs. evil with their own character as the hero that helps good prevail. But, as a story creation app, OOKS is less successful. There are a few key points here and there throughout the story where kids can provide input by coloring a chef's hat, or choosing from two options for how their ook will solve the story's main conflict. But the bulk of the story and drawings is all preset. Though it's exciting for kids to see their name on a book, given the price tag, more opportunities for a kid's unique creativity would be even better.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.