Mr Cupcake Has The Sprinkles is the first interactive storybook by Half Moon Bay, California- based Mighty Yeti Studios. It is a silly yet very creative story about a cupcake who is on his way to a birthday party for a cookie. As he was leaving his house, he heard a crunching noise. This noise bothered him so much that he couldn’t leave for the party without investigating who or what was causing it.
The thing that stood out to me in this book is the main character, Mr. Cupcake. I don’t think I have ever seen a cupcake personified in a book or a cartoon. He has hair that looks like frosting and puts on sprinkles on his head instead of a hat. If that wasn’t strange enough, he is also the proud owner of a pink dog. The strangeness of this character actually drew me into the story as I tried to figure out what he was all about. As it turns out there are even stranger characters in the story like a purple platypus, a dancing deer wearing wireless earphones, and a blue monkey donning a top hat. These characters, odd as they may be, are also lovable.
This book can be very useful in speech therapy settings. It has the feel of an off the wall cartoon show that kids love and contains words that target specific sounds particularly in the initial position such as /m/ in “mischievous monkey mashing a mango not munching maltballed meatloaf”. It also doesn’t have, in my opinion, a complete ending, which makes it useful for eliciting language as children can speculate and talk about what Mr Cupcake may do next. Will he make it to the party? Will he stay home? What will he do about his sprinkles?
This book has great graphics and tons of objects to interact with. It has two reading options: Read To Me and Read It Myself. It can be read either in English or Spanish. While it contains URL addresses and images of other Mighty Yeti apps, it has absolutely no clickable external links, making it safe for little kids. Some things I would like to see in future updates are text highlighting and tappable words. I would also like to have a faster way of going back to the beginning of the book or navigating to a specific page. Currently, you have to tap on the thumbnail of a page to get it on the center of the screen and then click go. While the navigation is not difficult, it does take quite a few clicks to get on a page that is further back or further forward than where you currently are.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. If your children enjoy cartoons with strange characters and a whacky off the wall story like Sponge Bob, then they are in for a real treat with Mr Cupcake Has The Sprinkles.
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This review was originally published by TheiMums.com on October 8, 2014. The iMums – Amanda, Alison, Mary and Grace – are four mothers from different parts of the world dedicated to educating parents about the best digital stories, educational apps, fun games and technology products available for their children. Founded in August 2011, the four iMums have 11 kids among them ranging in age from 1 to 17 and bring a global perspective to their app reviews.
The original iMum Amanda being from Australia, Alison is in America, Grace is from Singapore and Mary is from the UK but is currently living in America. Guest author Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Jennie Hale Book/Eddie Betancourt
Mighty Yeti Studios
8 - 12 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 9 +
English • Spanish •
Mr. Cupcake is getting ready to go to Mr. Cookie’s birthday party. He grabs his coat, his keys, and Mr. Cookie’s present, but wait! What’s that mysterious crunching noise? Mr. Cupcake can’t figure it out. Can you? Let’s hope Mr. Cupcake makes it to Mr. Cookie’s birthday party in time for the goofy games, grape gelato and goodie bags!
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