This book is a favorite in our house! It is a story about a little girl that wants to find out if her teddy bear is actually coming alive and doing things when she's asleep or at school. So she hides watching him, page by page, saying "I'm gonna catch you" until eventually she finds him with honey on his lips at the end of the book.
This is a very cute story appropriate for the youngest of kids and yet touching in a way parents will enjoy, too. The narration is a little girl's voice, but still clear and easy to listen to. Each page highlights some of the interactive elements, which include animations, music and many extras like a puzzle and even a coloring page that let's you post your artwork on the wall of the girl's playroom inside the book - very cool!
My only complaint is the ad for their next app is embedded in the middle of this story, triggered by tapping on an image of a book on the bookshelf in the little girl's bedroom. The second book opens while still in the middle of the original book and then lets you read the first few pages but no more. It is very distracting and frustrating for a parent that doesn't want to switch books (especially with the other book being incomplete). This would be okay if it was on the final page, I guess.
This a small gripe in an otherwise well put together book with lots of extras. The extras are well done, too, although be aware that they are embedded inside the book, so difficult to skip if reading at bedtime. In fact, the sound cannot be turned off, so unless you mute your iPad, you can't just read the book. But this book is so cute & chock full of interesting things to explore, that I didn't realize you couldn't turn off the narration for weeks because I had never bothered to try.
The story is adorable and the illustrations are really colorful & fun. But what dazzles about this book, is the variety of ways to interact with the little girl and her teddy bear. Several of the animations have multiple possible scenes and there is just so much to explore on each page. Most of the interactions can be skipped, but some are part of the movement of the story, like when the alarm clock goes off to wake teddy and the little mice.
My son's favorite page had the little girl trying to find her teddy in the kitchen. Tap on the cupboard in the kitchen, and while the little girl is bent over looking for her teddy in a cupboard, teddy peeks out from one the sink. If the child then taps the sink, then teddy peaks out of the cupboard. Teddy hides from her a lot in this book and while she isn't looking he manages to dance and paint and generally keep her on her toes. This was a nice addition to our collection, with appeal for young kids and enough whimsy to enchant parents as well.
There is a German version available separately through iTunes - iPad App Link
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Bruno Hachler/Birte Muller
10 - 15 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 3 - 8 +
English • German •
The little girl in Teddy's Day sneaks about the book, trying to catch her teddy bear doing things (like jumping on the bed when she's at school). She is convinced that he only lies there like a doll when she is around, imagining all sorts of fun antics that are animated throughout the pages of the book. Two cute mice dolls also star on most pages, playing music for Teddy to dance to in one scene, and scurrying about on most of the other pages. The text has a sing-song, rhyming quality throughout like a long poem she is writing about her teddy bear. Very imaginative and appropriate for children of all ages.