Enzo and Rose, Two monkeys in clothes is a short story about Enzo (a blue cape wearing boy) and his sister Rose (wearing a polka dot suit). The story has the two kids playing at home unsupervised. The focus is on a list of 'rules' posted on the fridge. In addition to not hitting, teasing or screaming is the curious rule that 'under no circumstances tattletale on your sis'. Enzo questions the 'sloppy' handwriting (suspecting a parent wouldn't have written it so messily), but Rose counters that rules are important because "as everyone knows without rules we'd be just monkeys in clothes."
The story is told in rhyming verse with some of the most interesting illustrations I've seen in an iPad book app. The artistic style is unusual and amusing, complementing the story nicely. It feels like more a of a long poem about a classic moment between siblings. While it will appeal to children, this book is especially interesting to adults, particularly those interested in visual arts. The story is not narrated, but the block text is delightful to read aloud to a child.
This ebook app is solidly made with easy page turning. It was created by the same developer that made "The Spellinguists" (previously reviewed on this site). It is also one of the more unique offerings in the app store. Both older and younger siblings of any age will find this title especially amusing.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
2 - 3 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 5 - 10 +
Enzo and Rose are siblings that are home without their parents one day. A list on the fridge states the rules. Things like: 'no punching, hitting, teasing' and 'don't yell, scream or shout' plus a curious addition in sloppier handwriting, "under no circumstances tattletale on your sis". Rose insists the list must have been their father's messy handwriting and goes on and on about the importance of rules. To silence her younger brother's complaints she finally says that without rules they'd just be 'monkey's in clothes'.