Gary is a gopher, dreaming of spaghetti, in this adorable sequel to "Gary's Place", a storybook app written by Rick Walton & illustrated by Will Terry. Will is a talented artist and articulate blogger about the artist's journey into digital publishing at willterry.blogspot.com. Readers can also see Terry's art in the suspenseful and nearly wordless book app, Monkey & Croc (one of my personal favorites).
Young readers can choose “Read Myself” or “Read to Me” with nice narration that highlights word for word. A credits page is included but there are no links that leave the app, ads or in-app purchases, making this an ideal app to share with children of all ages. Page turning is by simple arrows at the bottom corners of each screen and there is a page guide expected in the next update to improve navigation, according to the developer.
Overall, Gary's Worms is a great addition to any child's digital bookshelf, with a solid story, beautiful illustrations and polished enhancements. Young readers will enjoy the expressive animal characters, while learning a good life lesson about making friends and managing your resources well.
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Rick Walton/Will Terry
Jack Pot Industries LLC
8 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 9 +
The continuing story of a gopher who's new home is invaded by earth worms. We pick up on our second story with Gary calmly sleeping in his one room gopher apartment but he is awakened one night by a bunch of earthworms. They like Gary's new place just as much as he does and Gary comes up with all kinds of ways to rid himself of his new pests with no success until the answer hits him right in the face. Rick Walton and Will Terry team up for a second fun packed children's story app full of interactivity and a hidden surprise on almost every page. Complete with highlighted text and professional voice actors this story app will keep kids engaged as they learn to read. [From iTunes]