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Superhero Comic Book Maker - by Duck Duck Moose

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Learning(i)

Engaging way to make stories with great graphics and audio.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Superhero Comic Book Maker is simply laid out and easy to use. There are no instructions, so some kids may need a little help getting started and with some of the editing features.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Superhero Comic Book Maker – by Duck Duck Moose is another great app from the makers of Princess Fairy Tale Maker that lets kids create their own stories. The two apps are virtually identicalexcept instead of creating stories about princesses and fairy tales, with Superhero, kids can create comic book-themed stories. Kids choose different scenes and when ready, record their story, moving the characters as they talk. The app records the movement and narration, and -- voila -- kids have their very own comic book. Superhero Comic Book Maker is suited to all monster and superhero lovers.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Communication

  • presenting

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Colorful characters and the ability for kids to make their own background and record their own stories make this app highly engaging.

Learning Approach

Kids learn through creative play as well as self-reflection when they listen to their stories in playback mode and view their artwork.

Support

Kids can watch an intro video that gives them an example of a monsters vs. superhero story. A few verbal instructions and clear icons offer kids some direction.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Communication

  • presenting

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn to make and tell stories with Superheroes Comic Book Maker. The app offers kids ideas to get started by providing options for settings and characters. Kids can even take pictures of their own to use as the background for their stories. The app also gives kids plenty of opportunity to express themselves with their artwork. Once the ideas start flowing, the open-ended approach allows kids to decide what direction the story takes. Though Superhero Comic Book Maker offers no guidance in how to create a good story, it does offer an easy and fun way for kids to get creative in art and storytelling.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

In SUPERHERO COMIC BOOK MAKER - BY DUCK DUCK MOOSE, kids choose from many different background scenes, characters, colors, and even sound effects to create stories. Kids can also color ready-made templates to use as story backgrounds. They can change the orientation and size of the stickers and even write and draw directly onto the scene. When they finish designing and setting up the scene, kids can record sticker movements and audio by tapping the record button. As they move the stickers around to illustrate plot points, the app records the story for playback or sharing later.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Like with other apps by Duck Duck Moose, Superhero Comic Book Maker is an attractive and engaging app for kids. While there's not much in the way of instruction, feedback, or prompts about storytelling, it's very kid-friendly and intuitive to use. It leaves the creating to the kids -- and there's plenty to be had with the variety of objects, scenes, racially diverse characters, and more to choose from.

Some kids may need more guidance than others in terms of coming up with a story, but there's lots to inspire kids, including stickers with "Pow!" or "Wham!" that can be inserted old-school Batman style. However, apart from those few stickers, there aren't many features that highlight the comic book style, which may not suit those looking for a true comic book maker. Still, Monsters vs Superheroes will satisfy kids looking to explore storytelling and create original tales about monsters and superheroes.

Families can talk about...

  • Play along with your kids and be a character in the story.

  • Guide your kids as they create the story by asking and prompting about plot elements.

  • Read and share your kids' finished product and encourage next steps for their next story.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:October 12, 2012
Category:Kids Games
Topics:Superheroes, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Size:46.80 MB
Publisher:Duck Duck Moose
Version:1.0.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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