Parents' Guide to

Teach Your Monster to Read

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Fun, lengthy journey goes from basics to reading competency.

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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 2+

I. like this. game
age 4+

This is a great program for little ones just learning to read.

The program is great! The repetition is what is needed to help them learn that each letter has its own sound(s). How to read letter combinations, and that changing one letter could change the word completely. The only downside is that it is a British accent (I do not have an issue with British accents normally). I wish they add a variety of english accents so as to not confuse a child that is just starting out. We are American, and though most words my child understands, but there are some where the accent becomes too heavy that he doesn't understand what is being said. For example, the word "again." In the British accent he thinks it says "a game." Another word is "thought."

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Early reading content gets slow, methodical, and thorough coverage in a complex intergalactic adventure. There's a lot of backstory in Teach Your Monster to Read, which may excite some kids but may be distracting for others. It also slows down the process of getting through the games, which also has its pros and cons. The presentation of content follows a reasonable sense of logic: The very early material focuses on single letter sounds and then graduates to blended letter sounds and simple consonant-vowel-consonant words. Finally, kids learn common sight words and sentences. It's a nice option to choose from three starting points, but it also might be nice to be able to choose a particular area to focus on if kids don't want to play through all the content. Since there are so many games, kids will often see repeats, but with lots of things happening in between each mini-game, they may not be bothered by it. It's important to note that the exact same content is available for free on the developer's website to play on the computer. Though it is easier to maneuver with the tablet's touchscreen, parents may want to give the free online version a try first. Overall, Teach Your Monster to Read has potential to be a wonderful way to accompany your kids to reading competency.

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