In print, One More Star was the sequel to the 1979 title by Cooper Edens, Night Rainbow . The physical books are classics, making for apps that are as beautiful as they are lyrical. Gorgeous illustrations from the original art-books are paired with Edens' poetic lines. The story itself consists of uplifting responses to a series of melancholy suggestions, like "If the stars burn out ... Button up the night against the cold."
These whimsical passages are touching and touchable. Set up more like an iBook than a typical app, readers scroll by swiping with a pageguide bar at the bottom of the screen. Images are not overly animated, but they do move, allowing younsters to sweep the pictures into place with nice touches like crying clouds.
Downsides of this lovely title are purely technical. The pageguide is nice, but doesn't easily allow the reader to return to the beginning or show page numbers. Music and sound effects are well placed but there is no narration. The biggest drawback for reading with youngsters is that there are several links (at the end) that leave the app without any parental gate.
Overall, On More Star is a satisfying read that translates well to the tablet. The art-quality illustrations are less rich than in the paper-version but the interactive and animated elements add something very special to this classic book. Appealing to both parents and children, this title is also a favorite bedtime story.
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Lucid Dream Atelier Inc. Apps
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 6 - 10 +
Is your world coming undone? Is your sky full of clouds? Thinking it’s time to leave home? You might need a little advice--or maybe a completely different point of view.
Artist-author Cooper Edens has advice for anyone who feels like they’re in a quandary, trying to get from a sticky “now” to a lower-stress tomorrow.
His new “Cooper Edens One More Star” app, based on his classic book, “if You’re Afraid of the Dark, Add One More Star to the Night,” looks at day-to-day reality from a slightly different point-of-view. Like Cooper says, “If you don’t like what you see in front of you, use your peripheral vision.”
On the iPad, his quirky art and playful words come alive, with reader-driven animation and interactive playfulness. The app expands the upbeat, provocative message, while helping us look sideways at what we think of as “reality”. From that new point of view, a problem might just become a possibility. And every time the touchbook app is opened it offers a new flow of glowing, evocative images and ideas.
Share it with a loved one, or save it for your private time. It’s an app that creates memories.
Ages: Older romantics to younger readers.