Nighty Night Construction Trucks is the 4th Book app for young children from author Alexis Purcell. Her previous book apps are: The Turkey who Forgot How to Gobble; Twinkle, Twinkle Hear My Prayers and Twinkle, Twinkle Nighty Night. Nighty Night Construction Trucks is a sweet and simple bedtime story for little truck lovers, and includes ‘read by myself’ and ‘read to me’ options, with word highlighting as it is read. Page turning is via tapping on a arrow and a page navigation guide makes it easy to revisit favorite pages. All external links are in a locked parents area at the end of the book and are accessed via division questions.
The story is told with simple rhyming verse and bright, cheerful, colorful, cartoon – style illustrations. The background music can be switched off independently, but does a nice job of setting the mood- becoming more calm and soothing later in the story as the trucks get ready for bed. Each page has interactive elements which let the child see how the trucks work and hear the sounds they make when working, sparkles guide the child to find all the interactions. The interactions are fun and relevant to the story, but I’d like to see them only work after the narration is finished on each page, so the child isn’t distracted.
The construction trucks are busy at work all day building a school, and by the end of the day they are tired out and ready for bed. The child can help Max the construction worker with the bedtime routine for the trucks and their pet kitty. The trucks are washed and cleaned, tires pumped and fuel tanks refilled so they will be ready for work in the morning. The cat has some milk before settling down to sleep with the trucks. The sky gradually darkens and in the background a lullaby plays. In my favorite scene the child gets to put the trucks to bed one by one learning the truck names as they go, putting a blanket on the excavator and a nightcap on the dump truck. Max locks the gate and turns out the light as the trucks and kitty snore away.
Many young boys and girls love playing with construction trucks and are sure to love this construction – themed bedtime story. It is a very simple, gentle book with a calming feel just right for bedtime. As a bonus it includes a memory match game with the trucks from the story and a “match the truck with the name” game. With the match the name game the name is only written I’d like to have it spoken if the written name is touched. The games are a nice bonus but I would like an option to hide them when reading the story at bedtime.
Overall, this is a sweet and simple construction themed bedtime story. It’s truck theme is sure to be a hit with many young children, and it has a nice calm, peaceful feel to it making it a great bedtime story for the under 5s.
This review was originally published by TheiMum.com on August 14, 2015.
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Alexis H. Purcell/Allison Keeme
5 - 8 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 6
Your little truck lover’s new favorite bedtime book! Complete with read along highlighted words, easy rhyming, and wonderful illustrations. Truck lovers will have fun following the construction trucks as they go through their bedtime routine and even more fun when they are asked to help tuck in each truck for a good night’s sleep.
VROOM and ZOOM with mighty and might,
all day long they’ve worked hard on the site.
It’s the end of the day; the sun’s not as bright,
the whistle TOOT TOOTS, it’s time for goodnight.
The construction trucks are tired and sleepy after a long day of work on the construction site. This story invites the child to help the trucks go to sleep by tucking them in and wishing sweet dreams to the little kitty.
The background music is engaging yet soothing enough to ready your child for a cozy night’s sleep. Those not quite yet ready to fall asleep can enjoy the “matching the truck” activities at the end of the app.
This easy to follow app is beautifully illustrated and contains the following options:
> Read to me/read to myself
> Highlighted words to follow along as the story is read
> Music on/off
> Easy page navigation
> Simple matching games at the end of app