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Pillow Mountain

August 16, 2016

By: Cynthia Gregory

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The story is a short twelve pages of rhyming fun about a boy named Nolan who has a scary dream and decides to face his fears. The app is cleanly designed and clearly made for the littlest users but gives parents a nice list of settings to choose from. The app opens directly to the first page of the story and begins the narration unprompted. Narration is a calm-sounding woman that we all want to sound like when reading to our kids.

Pages are turned by pushing arrows and readers can go forward or backward at any time to pages. There is a button at the top that opens the page selection, settings, information and mute. Settings include the options to turn off or on all sound, button tap sound, animation sound, narration, menus fade-out or hints.

Interactive elements are present on each page and can be discovered by chance or by following the hints if they are set to "on". Pressing areas shows fish jumping out of the water, making Nolan fall or speak or jump, and even revealing the true nature of the monsters that have been chasing Nolan through his dream.

The simplicity of this app is what makes it very good. The developers have chosen to tell a story to children under five and they have excelled with that goal. There are no additions like puzzles and coloring books. No ads, no additional apps to look at in iTunes. They have created a short, sweet story with attractive, computer graphics, appropriate background music that is calming and then sprinkled appropriate interactive elements to top off the whole thing. They have even made sure that there are zero ads, in-app purchases or external links so kids can play to their hearts' content without needing mom to redirect.

Since it's my job to find ways to improve on an existing app, my only recommendations for making this a five star app would be to highlight words as they are narrated and allow a simple touch for them to be repeated instead of having to leave the page and come back. I would also really and truly love for them to add one last page that says, "The End". It was such a cute little story to read to my kiddo that it just felt like it needed to be there.

Overall, I think parents that are looking to add a new app book to their children's iOS libraries will do well with this app and I am looking forward to what the developer comes up with next.

Recommended

This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating categories. See synopsis tab for more details about the storyline.

Emily B

This guest review was originally published by SmartAppsforKids.com on May 11, 2016

The author of this review, Cynthia, likes having a job where people pay attention to what she says. It's so different from when she says stuff like, "wash the dishes" and "clean your room". SmartAppsForKids.com was paid a priority review fee to complete this review in an expedited manner.

All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.

 







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Pillow Mountain

August 16, 2016

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Van Winkle Studio

Developer:
Van Winkle Studio LLC

Length (time):
4 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 2 - 8 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
14 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Pillow Mountain

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When Nolan falls asleep all cozy in his bed, he drifts away to a dream in his head. Deep inside Nolan’s dream, he is surprised by scary monsters who throw him from his sheets and send him tumbling down a mountain. On his journey back to his bed, Nolan must face the monsters. When he does, he realizes there is nothing to fear. 

Join Nolan on his perilous trek through his dream. Read, interact with characters, and help Nolan find his way safely back to his bed.

Lessons:

- Conquering fear
- Reading

Features:

- Story narration
- Interactive animations
- Original story and artwork
- Lovable characters
- Intuitive, interactive help feature

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal

Options:

Read-to-Me, Read Myself, Info/Credits, Hints On/Off, Restart, PageGuide, Sound On/Off, Menu Fade On/Off

App Release Date:
2016-05-03

 






Size: 162.21 MB

Version: 1.1.0

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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