Lobster Tale is a whale . . . er, lobster . . . of an original tale that’s great for kiddos ages 6 and up. I can’t tell you too much detail without giving too much away, but this story follows Dominico, a lobster fisherman who has found himself on some hard times. What happens when he takes over a run-down lobster restaurant?
This book app is chock full of all the dry humor and quick wit a person could ask for, which is absolutely right up my alley. It's also a little more edgy, with a few surprising twists that keep it from being your average predictable tale.The length of the story, along with the higher vocabulary, make this a great app for elementary-aged students. Areas of the story can be accessed from the menu at the bottom of the screen during the story, and your little fisherman (or fishergirl) presses a different component at the end of each page to help move the story along.
One of the things I love most about this app is the great narrator (who happens to be Eugene Mirman, the voice of the award-winning cartoon Bob's Burgers here in America) and the fact that the text is highlighted as it’s read. The only thing that could make this book app even better, with regard to the story, is the option for each word to be spoken when it is tapped by the reader.
Once your kiddo has finished reading the story, he can try his hand at lobster fishing in a simple game that’s accessible from the title page of the app. The graphics inside this app are unique but still visually appealing and add a neat element to the overall feel of the app. As a parent/teacher, this would be a story I wouldn’t mind having to sit through several times in a row.
If I could change anything about the app, I would only tweak it a little. I’d first add some complexity or difficulty to the built-in game. While the story is appropriate for a little older audience, the game is fairly basic and, though it adds a fun element to the app, could be easily overlooked.
Additionally, I would make the “press here to make the story progress” a little more interactive than a simple press-and-go feature. Maybe the user could help Dominico cast his lobster net or add ingredients to the lobster bisque for an added element of engagement. Lobster Tale is a unique story that tells a sweet tale for entertainment purposes. With a little adjusting, it has the makings of a strong contender in the app store.
Bottom Line: A unique tale of Dominico the fisherman/chef/restaurant hopeful who falls on some hard times. Truly unique graphics, an edgy and non-traditional story and narrated by a voice from hit show Bob's Burgers, this tale offers enterainment for your little reader.
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This guest review was originally published by SmartAppsforKids.com on December 8, 2014.
The author of this review is Rachel J. who has never tried lobster. Smartappsforkids.com was paid a priority-review fee for this review at the time of its original publication.
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12 - 15 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 8 - 12 +
Dominico is a hapless chef trying to save his Father’s restaurant from foreclosure by catching three mischievous lobsters to make the perfect lobster bisque. Will he save his family restaurant? Could you catch the lobsters and save the restaurant? You can try yourself with our Catch the Lobsters game!
Lobster Tale is an original, highly immersive children’s book and game app that your kids will love. Narrated by Eugene Mirman of the Emmy Award Winning cartoon, Bob’s Burgers. Writer/Illustrator John Luchin grew up inspired equal parts by Bugs Bunny, Mario Bros, and Maurice Sendak and believes Children's Book Apps can combine the best of cartoons, video games, and children's books to entertain kids like never before.