Achoo Gaboo is a lovely offering from Pixure Book Publishing, featuring a cute elephant named Gaboo. Everyone says 'bless you' often to Gaboo because he can't stop sneezing. Eventually he discovers a simple (and delicious) solution to his problem. As a digital offering, this title is beautifully paced with well-chunked text for its target audience of 2-5 year olds. It has all the hallmarks of a classic picture book alongside thoughtful enhancements.
Light animation, delightful interactive sounds and polished graphics round out this app in a way that will enchant young readers. While it doesn't offer highlighting of the words as read, the narration is nicely done. With play time under 5 minutes, this is great title to share for bedtime, classroom or library storytimes as a read-aloud, too.
Flexible settings allow for reading silently, although navigation is difficult without a page-guide or home button. Pages turn with an intuitive swipe or tapping an arrow at the top right that appears after the text has been read. Overall this is a sweet storybook for the tablet generation. Achoo Gaboo meets the same standards as a print picture book, while also hitting all the right notes for modern readers.
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Josie Cellone/Timothy Banks
Pixure Book Publishing LLC
3 - 5 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 5 +
Achoo Gaboo is a reading app for kids 2-5 about a clumsy elephant who has a tickle in his trunk and a sneezing fit that won't quit. Every time Gaboo sneezes, kids can pop the rainbow bubbles that fly from his trunk and tickle his monkey friends who giggle "bless you." Lively narration, funny rhymes and interactive animation make this imaginative story engaging for early readers.
- Narration on/off setting to read to child or on their own
- Tap the elephant to blow bubbles
- Pop bubbles to hear musical chimes
- Play peek-a-boo with monkey friends
- Practice kung fu with a kangaroo
- Slip and slide in a shampoo bath
- Slurp frozen slushy from a magical ice cream truck
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