Poor Momma Monster. She has her hands full with six monster children who have the worst manners in the entire monster town. Thankfully, your young elementary student is here to save the day and help each of them learn a thing or two inside this sweet app. And each monster has some early literacy skills to teach your manner master in the meantime. (Say that ten times fast. I dare you.)
The app opens up to the main screen, where your app user can either enter the parent section (which is well protected by math problems so difficult I missed the first answer and had to use my fingers on the second), or straight into the app itself. A short video self-plays introducing mother monster's problem, along with her six menacing monsters. Your tot selects a monster, each with their own unique name and monster-sized problem. Screaming, eating boogers, blowing bubbles in beverages — you name it and these monsters do it.
Each of the six monsters contains three of their own mini activities. The first is a rhyming activity, where the narrator reads two sets of sentences. The first describes the monster's bad behavior and the second talks about the correction of the behavior. Your student's job is to select the rhyming word from a choice of three that correctly completes the sentence. Once the sentences are read, the three choices appear to the right of the screen — one is the correct answer, one completely incorrect and the third word that rhymes but makes no sense whatsoever in the story.
The second activity is a word selection game. Your child's job is to choose the correct words to fill in the blanks of each monster's poem. Certain words will only fit in certain blanks, however, so the story has to be just so. I love that these two activities are blended in with silly monster fun and are both critical in early literacy skills. The silly level of the monsters masks the educational value in each of the mini games. The graphics are great and I'm always two thumbs up for an app that teaches manners in a way that isn't focused on dos and don'ts.
If it were up to me, I'd only add a few things to this app to make it five stars in my book. I would add text highlighting to the words read for each monster to encourage more early literacy. I'd also add a touch-and-speak type of feature that allows words to be read when tapped. This would come in especially handy in the sentence completion mini game to help early readers. All in all this is a sweet app that encourages good manners as well as early literacy skills in a funny and light-hearted manner.
Bottom Line: A sweet and silly app from Linguino GmbH that teaches both good manners and two early literacy skills. Six manic monsters, as well as quality graphics and a great app price, help make learning fun.
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This guest review was originally published by SmartAppsforKids.com on November 5, 2014.
The author of this review is Rachel J. who has a hard time remembering to keep her elbows off the table. Smartappsforkids.com was paid a priority-review fee for this review at the time of its original publication.
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Regina Schwarz/Michael Schober
16 - 20 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 8
English • German •
Monsters Behave! is a critically-acclaimed educational app that brings the magical essence of a traditional storybook into a gaming tablet setting. Mother Monster needs help teaching her gang of Little Monsters how to behave. Join in the fun as we tackle rhyming games, complete linguistic puzzles and unlock beastly mini-games, all in a fun interactive gaming setting.
Based on the work of successful German children's author and poet, Regina Schwarz, and exclusively illustrated by Michael Schober, artistic veteran of over 180 published books and games, Monsters Behave! will open children's minds to the world of poetry, giving them a grounding in structure and rhyme, not to mention monstrously fun time along the way. Collaborating with Regina, the crazy professor from the Linguino Language Labs – Dr. Ampersand Parenthesis – has crafted the English rhymes of the app.
1. Choose between 8 different monsters… and more to come in regular updates
2. Learn rhymes through two types of language quizzes proceeding to higher levels of difficulty
3. Unlock 8 types of mini games tailored to each monster in a genuine gaming environment
4. Switch between German and English and, by that, discover how to rhyme in another language
5. Beautiful Storybook Presentation and Monstrous Professional Voiceovers