Moo, Baa, La, La, La is my favorite of the Boynton book apps (at least so far). These cute books are from Loud Crow, the same developer that made The Going to Bed Book and the PopOut series. In this cute title, you can tap the characters to hear authentic animal noises. That is, except for the three pigs on the second page, who sing, "La La La". The print book, published in 1982, was also a chart topper with over one hundred 5-Star reviews at Amazon.com.
This app has a similar style to the other Boynton book apps, with lots of touchable elements that bounce slightly like a true pop-up book (and come alive with the addition of snorts, quacks and oinks). There are also surprising touches with little hints along the way. On the page with the dogs and cats, for instance, if you pull back slightly on any of the animals, they will spring forward and run off the page. The book also features delightful narration by Billy J. Kramer, with highlighting word for word (or tap any word to hear it again).
While this title is interactive with subtle 'pop-up' style animations, it is also short enough to make it appropriate for bedtime reading. The features added are just enough to make the book engaging without overstimulating a child. The app is also extremely well made with simple settings and easy, swipe-style page turning - an intuitive experience that makes you almost forget you are turning digital rather than real pages. Moo, Baa, La La La is the perfect toddler book; even adults will have a hard time keeping their hands off this very touchable title.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 2 - 8
The animals in this Sandra Boynton book are introduced one by one. The cow says "Moo" and the sheep says "Baa" but then behind a stage curtain we find three pigs (dressed in their vaudeville best) who sing, "La, La, La". But "that isn't right" ... pigs should say "Oink" (which they do on the following page).
The little book goes on to include Rhinoceroses who "snort and snuff" and dogs that go "ruff, ruff, ruff". Then other dogs say "bow wow wow" while cats say "meow!" A duck says "quack" and a horse says "neigh" and then the whole crowd of critters gets quiet and asks, "What do you say?" [While the animals now only make little murmurs.]