What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Magic School Bus: Oceans is a highly interactive storybook app from Scholastic Books. Like its paper-and-ink predecessors, it is overflowing with educational content. Nearly every page is laden with interactive elements that help teach kids about the ocean and the creatures within it. The material is factual and innocuous, though there is one mildly scary moment when the kids run into a pair of sharks.
Is it any good?
Based on the popular series of children's books and TV series, THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS: OCEANS is a polished storybook app featuring an exceptional amount of interactive content. Most pages feature a wide variety of objects and characters that kids can tap to be rewarded with dialogue, sounds, and information. There are also eight fun activities scattered throughout the book that have kids doing things like arranging animals in the proper order for a food chain or creating breezes of varying intensity before watching the resultant waves affect a small fishing boat. Several talented voice actors are involved in the book’s narration, and a persistent menu button at the bottom of the screen makes it easy to jump to various sections of the book or any of its activities. It’s among the more expensive storybook apps available for iPad, but the range and depth of content makes it worthwhile; kids are likely to come back to this one frequently.