Elly the Reindeer is a cute cartoon-style reindeer. She has adventures with her animal friends in a sweet rural setting where all the child-like characters live in their own homes and look to each other for help, fun and solving the occasional dilemma. In this story Elly and her friends find musical instruments and try to form a band. They are not very good, though, until the wise Owl helps out by being their conductor.
This cute series of books has become a fast favorite of my preschooler at bedtime. There is no narration, but it is planned for a future update. They are short & sweet, perfect for bedtime. With features like simple swipe-style page turning and an easy to read font, they are also a good choice for children learning to read. This one is my very favorite, with crisp high quality sound effects for each of the featured musical instruments.
All of the Elly books are enhanced with just a tiny bit of interactivity, featuring a single sound on about half the pages. This sound effect is tied to the text on the page, like applause at the end of the book when the animal friends play together in tune with Owl's direction. Each sound effect is triggered by tapping in a small circled image. This interactivity is a nice little extra, but nothing to distract too much from the story or overstimulate a child at bedtime.
Like the other Elly books, this title features the same child-like animal friends that demonstrate positive pro-social behavior toward each other. It is perfect for reading to young children at any time of day. It will be nice when narration is added to these titles, but even without, they are delightful and engaging for young readers and listeners.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
3 - 5 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
In this ebook, the seventh Elly book in the series, Elly discovers her accordion in her toy box and has a great idea. She gathers all her friends, asking them to bring a musical instrument. There is a flute, guitar, xylophone, and Elly's accordion to make up a band. The quartet assembles by OWl's tree to perform, but they don't sound very good since no one plays together or in time to the music. It wakes up Owl and he suggests that they need a conductor. Owl agrees to help, showing them how to play by moving his wings. Now the four friends play together beautifully - a true performance that delights them all. Afterward, Owl asks if he can now get back to sleep. The friends laugh.