This ebook app is packed with over 20 pages of photos of home types and landmarks the world over. A nicely narrated segment of text is presented on each page that briefly describes the image. There is also a little 'lightbulb' icon in the upper right hand corner that you can tap on to see more detailed facts & trivia about the photo. A small interactive/animated feature is also on each page that can be tapped to trigger an audio clip and fun little scene. For instance in the photo of London, a little cartoon of a double decker bus travels across the bridge in front of Big Ben.
There are a lot of settings and extras bundled in with the story pages, including a building page with different images to build a house with all the trimmings. This activity was a fun idea, but not very easy to control and had almost too many options. There is also a 'sticker' activity page with hundreds of images the child can place to create their own picture. A simple drawing activity with lots of color choices and templates is also included, making this a creativity app as much as it is a book.
While this app is very cute and packed with lots of activities to keep a child busy, I found the settings and page turning to be extremely touchy. The page turn isn't a 'swipe' but instead the image turns by following your finger across the screen, which is a bit unusual and caused a lot of confusion for my child. The animated elements also can play simultaneously with the narration and it's impossible to understand both at the same time. I also found that the settings to turn off the narration & music would not stay 'set' to off - resetting whenever I turned the page forward or backward.
I would also recommend for a future update some improvements to the 'extras' included in the book - they are just not very intuitive and my child and I both had a difficult time playing with most of their features. It is very easy to re-set the activity pages, losing whatever progress you've made, plus the little icons are a bit confusing and not always responsive. It also has an option to email or post your picture to Facebook that invites youngsters to get into programs most parents would not want them to explore.
There are lots of great things about this app - it's educational, packed with activities and can even be personalized with your child's photo, but it just might be trying to do too much without doing anything particularly well. For the pictures and tour of world landmarks, it is top notch educational content that would shine even more with a future update.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Redactie Partners Media Group
15 - 30 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 8
This book's pages explore dozens of landmarks and home types throughout the world, with additional facts & trivia about each location listed under a little 'lightbulb' icon. The list of locations includes the following photos: Eiffel Tower, a houseboat in India, Egyptian pyramids, Machu Picchu, Big Beg, Golden Pagoda, (Burma/Birma), Acropolis, Thai tree house, Forbidden City (China), Taj Mahal, an igloo, Saint Basil's Cathedral, Colosseum, Sagrada Familia, Sydney Opera House, homes carved from caves in Turkey, Burj Khalifa (Dubai), German castle, Bedouin tent, the Pentagon, a lighthouse, windmill (Netherlands), and the Tower of Pisa