Red in Bed

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Silly story about colors is short and sweet.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about colors.

Ease of Play

Swipe to turn pages, tap to color.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Red in Bed is a simple interactive book about colors. Though kids can engage with the story by tapping on color blobs and objects, there's no read aloud feature so parents will need to read with their kids. Kids swipe on the home screen to start, which may surprise kids who are used to tapping to dive in. Parents can turn the music off in the settings menu and choose from five languages: English, French, Spanish, Hungarian, or Japanese. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

From the home screen, swipe to start reading RED IN BED. When Red feels too sick to get out of bed, the other colors promise to color for it. Orange, yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet each get a turn to color objects, including ones that should be red like a fire truck or a tomato. On each page, kids tap the grayed out object to fill it with color. Red eventually feels better and gets out of bed, and kids can tap the wrongly colored object to make them red. Each color blob also has a musical note, which plays when kids tap it.

Is it any good?

This sweet little story incorporates color and music in a short, bare bones ebook. Red in Bed has lovely graphics and a simple but lovable plot. Kids will get a kick out of coloring strawberries orange, a stop sign yellow, and so on -- and will feel satisfied when they can color the red things red again. It's also fun to hear a musical note upon tapping the color blobs, and it's nice to play multiple notes together. But the story isn't about music, and there's nothing to scaffold or support musical exploration. With no read-aloud feature, Red in Bed is an app for parents and kids to use together. The story is short, and the interactive elements limited. Just as with any traditional book, the lasting power of Red in Bed depends on how many times kids want to repeat the same story over and over again. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the colors in Red in Bed. What other things are orange, yellow, green, and so on?

  • Cuddle up and read the story together. Ask them questions such as, have you ever felt sick when it was time to get up? What helped you feel better?  

  • If your kids are interested in the musical notes, help them explore more by listening to music, singing songs, playing instruments, or finding kids music apps.

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