The Going to Bed Book

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Ambitious take on Boyton fave models good pre-bed habits.

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Flipping pages in the book is tougher than one might expect, as interactive elements sometimes get in the way.

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A link at the beginning and end of the book takes users to other apps by Loud Crow. Another takes users to the Boynton Moo Media Website.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Going to Bed Book is an adaptation of the book from children's author Sandra Boynton. Read by a peaceful, soothing narrator, the app illustrates good pre-bedtime behavior with cartoon animals (such as an elephant, pig, and rhino) brushing their teeth and taking a bath. The app is filled with interactive elements that will appeal to very young readers, and they are kept simple for the toddler set.

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Is it any good?

Sandra Boynton is one of the most-loved modern authors of children's books and it is fun to see her beloved board book become an app. This app has a soothing reader (Billy J. Kramer), great highlighting of words read, the ability to tap any word to hear it spoken aloud, and lots of interactive hotspots. Plus the interactive elements vary greatly from tilting the iPad to make the animals slide to turning on the hot water in the sink, which causes the screen of the iPad to steam up (you wipe it clean with your finger). However, The Going to Bed Book has a few navigational issues. The onscreen animations are generally well-done, but some are positioned on the screen near where the user is likely to try to swipe to the next page, making it sometimes hard to advance the book. Even with this shortcoming, the book's message and characters are as charming on iDevices as they are in the original board book form.

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