Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island - Interactive Book App for Kids

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Award-winning book makes for fun, interactive adventure app.

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Ease of Play

Kids swipe the screen to turn pages and tap to interact with the illustrations. Kids can also tap on treasure chests along the bottom of the screen to navigate to different parts of the story.

Violence & Scariness

A couple of scenarios might be scary for very young kids. A shark with a mouthful of huge teeth leaps out of the water suddenly with scary sound effects. Kai is confronted by a skeleton guard and headhunters brandishing spears.

Sexy Stuff

Kai's bare bum is visible in one illustration. Kai is invisible but you can still see a wispy outline of his body.


After the story finishes, readers are prompted to follow a link to the official website and sign up for the "Treasure Team."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island is an interactive adaptation of the award-winning children's book by Karen Guinn Robertson with illustrations by Victor Guiza. The story follows a boy named Kai on his treasure-hunting exploits, letting kids tap treasure chests to decide which part of the story to hear next. The story ends once Kai finds a special treasure in one of the chests, and the outcome is random, meaning the story will always read a little differently from the time before.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byBaz Dunn July 8, 2011

Great fun and totally family friendly

My kids love this app. It's great fun and totally family friendly. We love that you can either have the story read to you (for the pre readers) or turn o... Continue reading

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Is it any good?

TREASURE KAI highlights sections of text as they're read aloud rather than individual words, and the in-game voice-overs can be turned off if parents would prefer to read to their kids or have them read by themselves. While the app might not be as focused on honing kids' reading skills as other interactive books, it's sure to entertain and engage readers thanks to fun cartoony scenes with lively animations, enthusiastic voice acting, and plenty of objects to tap on and investigate.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release date: June 18, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 43.40 MB
  • Publisher: Treasure Bound Books
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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