Your Child Saves Christmas by Penwizard Ltd is an iPad only app designed for iOS. The storybook takes what was formerly a print book and turns it into an interactive experience with your child. When opening the story, you first create a character. This character can be personalized with a name, glasses or not, pajama color, gender, hair style, hair color and skin color. When you go back into the app you can either choose to use the same character again or create another which makes it great for multiple children to use. The app does use the UK spelling for several items including pyjama and Santa Clause within the app. In the story the words appear on the screen along with your character and you can do a number of interactions including building a snowman,
My son loved the fact that he could make an avatar that looked like him – complete with glasses and that his characters name was mentioned in the story. That made it much more special and helped to engage him in the story. He loved “flying” through the sky on the way to the North Pole with Eggnog and especially enjoyed sorting the presents. the app features hand drawn illustrations and each animation has a golden circle that goes around it. Once the action is completed you can move on to the next page. My son’s absolute favorite animation was flying the reindeer and making Santa say “Ho, Ho, Ho”.
In terms of enhancements I would like to see a narration option in the book especially for the younger audience and perhaps having the ability to darken the text which at times was very light (in a white) across various backgrounds. At times it did seem like the animations took a long time, especially the presents coming out of the present machine for the animation to finish which led to a little bit of frustration on the part of my son who was eager to start sorting gifts and didn’t place the gift in the bag perfectly the first time. In addition, it was also unclear to my why the “air drop” button was on the pages of the app. This should be behind a parental gate as it has pre-made tweets and the ability to email if you have those set up on your device. There is also an arrow at the top of the page which when tapped can bring you back to the start of the app. I do also wish you could “paste” a face of your child within the app as it would inspire them to realize it really was them inside the story.
Beautifully illustrated app perfect for the holidays which features your child within the story performing a number of activities and even wishes them a Merry Christmas night at the end. This is a great app to read with your children and having their name and avatar included makes them feel like they truly are part of the story.
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This review was originally published by TheiMums.com on November 13, 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.
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Georgia Adey/Kelly Boundy
8 - 12 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 8 +
Created by Penwizard, a leading personalised Childrens book Company in the UK. Customised and create a character to look like your child and watch them go on a magical adventure and save Christmas with Father Christmas. This personalised interactive edition of 'Your Child Save Christmas' includes various interactive elements for both you and your child to enjoy together.
If you have more than one child, you can create multiply characters to star in the story. Simply personalise the character and add the name, this will be stored in your library and ready to use at any time. When playing the story, select your chosen character and watch them as they 'Save Christmas'. A festive story that's perfect for reading to your child on Christmas Eve and bringing the magic of Christmas to life - It's great fun for all the family