Miss Spider stars in this popular book series by author David Kirk, and fans of this title on the bookshelf (published in 2006) will want to download a copy of their favorite Miss Spider tale for bedtime in digital form. The 'play' feature is basically an animated movie packaged into the book, lasting over 12 minutes.
Once you are in the reading mode of the book, the interactivity brings the story alive and adds a magical quality to the whole experience. The audio is crisp & lovely with nice, relaxing background music that makes it lovely at bedtime, although there are many games and interactive elements that could be too stimulating for some children.
The pages of the book, under 'read', are filled with cute animations ... hopping bugs, flapping wings and the sounds of snoring to name a few. None of these animations goes beyond dazzling for a moment, but they do a nice job enhancing this story about going to bed on time. The bugs use a 'wishing web' that is basically a 'star chart' for the bugs to earn points.
The storybook and video are also bundled with three simple but cute extras. There are six puzzles with two difficulty levels (6 or 12 pieces) as well as a matching game (with 16 or 30 cards). In addition to the games, this app contains over a dozen 'coloring pages' with choice of colors, thickness of 'paintbrush' and even the option to just paint on a blank page.
Overall, this is a packed book app with lots of material for a child to enjoy and explore. It makes a nice bedtime book in the 'read' mode while also offering a lot of extras. It would be nice to see highlighting of the words while narrated, but overall this title is a real treat, offering a cute story with lots of replay value. For fans of the Miss Spider books in particular, it is a treat not to be missed.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Callaway Digital Arts, Inc.
6 - 30 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 3 - 8 +
The bugs in the 'Cozy Hole' are having a hard time getting to bed on time. Holley & Miss Spider decide to put up a 'wishing web' to motivate the little bugs. They each have a flower that moves up the web one spot for every night they go to bed on time, with the reward of going to the fair once they get their flower to the top. The wishing web works like a charm, with all the bugs getting to bed on time, night after night. However, Miss Spider & Holley have chores to do after bedtime and are not setting a very good example by oversleeping.
The little bugs make a wishing web just for their parents and tell them the reward will be 'a morning to sleep in'. Soon everyone is getting to sleep on time, with a little help from each other to complete those last minute tasks, like collecting seeds for class and making party invitations. They even miss the firefly ballet, regretfully, but stick to their schedule in the end. When the day of the fair arrives, Grandma Betty takes the little bugs out quietly to enjoy the festivities while the parents sleep soundly.