Nighty Night! begins with, "Night falls. The moon is high. All the people are ready to sleep as they turn off the lights. But wait! Look at the farmhouse. There are still some lights on. The animals are sleepy, too. Do you want to turn off the lights?" A peaceful farm appears, where you can tap on any one of seven lit areas on the page. The next scene shows an animal still awake (with a light switch nearby). Tap the switch (each light & switch is different) and the animal settles into sleep, closing their eyes.
After all the animals have been put to bed, there is just one person still up - a little boy (and the reader). The last scene is of this little boy waving out his lit window, then that light goes out, and everyone is asleep. Reading this book at night is such a relaxing ritual that it has become the favorite 'last book' in our house.
This bedtime book begins with chiming music that captures the 'music-box' sound perfectly. The narration is also delightful, with night-time cricket sounds in the background. The app even features charming paper-cutout illustrations. The brief storyline is so sweet that this ebook is nearly perfect. It only lacks a text story.
There is a non-narrated mode, though. At first I wasn't sure what to make of this option (with no story to read), but then I realized it has a certain genius to it. It allows you and your child to make up your own story or words to go along. I'd still like to see a text story added, but I wouldn't want to give up the current non-narrated mode.
Each of the seven animals are adorable, nuzzling sleepily after the lights go out. You can also play with each animal before tapping the switch. Each one had 2-3 cute animations, like the duck diving under the water and the cow nibbling some hay. My favorite is the 3 fish in the pond. The three of them are so cute and then when the lights go off, the fish glow instead. You can't turn the light back on (which I appreciate for a bedtime book), but you can tap the sleeping animals to see their eyes open briefly. The fish even chime when you do this with 3 different musical notes.
Overall this is my new top recommendation for bedtime books with interactivity. On auto-play it is even timed just right, so you can play with the animals briefly without over-doing it. The option to turn off the narration and make up your own story about the animals going to bed is also a great way to inspire some creative storytelling. My highest recommendation!
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Fox and Sheep GmbH
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 1 - 8 +
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The story begins with a farmhouse scene where 7 lights are on - tapping on each lit area opens a new scene. The animals included are: Dog, Duck, Cow, Sheep, Pig, Chicken with chicks and 3 Fish. Each one has a light and switch in their sleeping area. Tap on the switch to turn out the lights and put the animal to bed. At the end there is one more person awake. A little boy waves from a lit window, lights go off and now everyone is asleep.