"Zanny" was a hit in our house right away, partly because 'Zanny' is my child's nick-name. It is a relatively short book, but one that is fun and interactive. I would suggest using it with younger kids, possibly even as young as two ... the over 6 set might find it a bit boring after the first couple reads.
The story follows a very active boy, Zanny, as he runs, runs, runs, through everything he does all day, with fun interactions like tapping on Zanny to see him run off the page or playing with a ball (by either dragging or just shaking the iPad). Initially, I questioned myself about giving this 5 stars since I didn't give it five stars in any individual category. But I stand by my rating.
This book is well developed and solid in every way, despite it's short length. The developer, Extra Special Kids, is targeting kids with Autism, Aspergers and other issues, but really any young child would benefit from the educational game bundled with it that asks the child to identify the emotion and put the correct face on one of three children (which are nice & diverse in their gender and ethnicity).
This game isn't embedded in the book but part of the settings (available at the bottom of every page), so it can be skipped. A must for anyone working on socio-emotional issues with an autistic child or just trying to discuss emotions and feelings with any very young child. This is a wonderful new developer I plan to watch closely!
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Pamela Sloane-Bradbury/Allison Garwood
Extra Special Kids, LLC
3 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 2 - 6 +
Zanny is a little boy that runs from the moment he gets up until his parents tuck him into bed (shown half asleep with legs still in running mode ;-) He runs from his parents trying to dress him, runs past a fast chicken on the way to school, then runs too fast to eat his Cheerios (which scatter & can be dragged or shaken around the screen for cool effect). Next he runs past a fast jackrabbit while reading a book, zips past a playground (tap on the boy on the slide to hear him call out plaintively, "Zanny"), and is even running when sick, faster than a cheetah & zipping past the school bus filled with other kids, then leaping over a ravine & into bed (feet still in constant motion but eyes closed). A busy boy indeed! Many mothers will identify. ;-)