A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can practice reading with or without the support of a read-along track. They can also work on reading comprehension with the built-in kid prompts.
Ease of Play
Easy to navigate.
Violence & Scariness
While this is a familiar tale and it's animated, the troll is mean and scary, and the biggest billy goat responds to him by butting him off of the bridge.
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Products & Purchases
Link to the publisher's other apps from the main page, but access to this link is controlled by a setting in the parent area. Kids can click on it, but will receive a message that they aren't able to access store links.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
While keeping the basic plot intact, this semi-interactive ebook offers comprehension-building prompts that are too easy to skip. StoryTime: Billy Goats Gruff has some cute illustrations, and it stays true to the story many of us grew up hearing. The voice acting is pleasant and the music is relatively mild. The "Kids Prompts" are the app's most unique feature, and they do add another dimension of learning that lots of ebooks don't. The problem is that they only appear in Read to Me mode and only as a sun icon on the bottom of the screen. Unfortunately, many kids will blow right by them unless they're using the book with an adult. If another character -- acting as narrator -- popped up to pose the questions, kids might be more likely to pay attention to them and interact. As it stands, the story is definitely best read with an adult who will help with the prompts and discuss the biggest goat's head-butting solution.
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