A Very Busy Week is part of a series of app books by Jane Hague. This Australian series is set in a town with many interesting characters - all numbered. For instance there is Tilly Two herself and Policeman Ernie Eight. The main character of this story is Nurse Trixie Six who is the one having 'a very busy week'.
In this book the nurse has so many patients that she can hardly keep up, including an outbreak of the measles in the Kindergarten. Soon even the nurse herself is sick, covered in red dots. Before becoming ill, she treats many patients, including the fisherman, policeman and bee keeper. She even helps Tilly Two by sewing her toy bear's eye back on.
As a digital book, this title is well made with easy swipe page turning or the alternative of auto-play. The text highlights as it is narrated in a crisp Australian accent. There are several small interactive sound effects to go along with the otherwise still images, like the sound of wind blowing. The illustrations are comical and colorful in a way children will find engaging. My child enjoyed this story a lot, especially the hidden number '6' in many of the pictures.
There are two small 'extras'. One is a map of Numbertown with all of the charming townsfolk numbered from 1-10. If you tap on any one of the people it takes you to their homes or workplaces on the map. You can also tap on the '123' on the home page to go to a page with the numbers 1-10. Tap on any one of the numbers to see a larger picture of the character associated with that number while hearing the number spoken aloud. If you tap on the character, a short audio of the character plays describing his role in the town.
Overall, this book is a fun one for kids. As digital apps, this series also has just the right amount of enhancement to engage young readers without over-shadowing the storytelling. I review a lot of books and my preschooler consistently requests the 'Tilly' books over many others I've reviewed. This one is his favorite ... so far.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Jane Hague/Ferdinand Tang
123 Number Fun Pty Ltd
12 - 15 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
Nurse Trixie Six has 'a very busy week' in this story ... she can barely keep up with all the people in town who are sick or injured. First Policeman Ernie Eight hurts his leg on his garden gate. After bandaging the leg she sends him off on crutches. Then Tilly Two shows up with a toy bear emergency, requiring a little TLC (and needle and thread). By the middle of the week, Nurse Trixie was getting tired but things were only getting more busy. An outbreak of the measles hits the Kindergarten and soon even Fergus Four the Fisherman has the contagious disease (he had been at the school earlier in the week as part of show & tell). Then Mr. Hive Five the Bee Keeper needs some help with a bee sting. And to cap off her very busy week, the nurse comes down with the measles herself. She ends up relaxing over a cup of tea with the fisherman.