Millie Was Here is a short but absolutely adorable book about an ordinary dog with extraordinary capabilities. The app has great background music, delightful narration and a charming interactive interface that will please adults as much as children. The story, while slight at only 8 pages, is humorous, including lots of typical dog 'shenanigans' like pushing food into the corners of the couch & refusing to eat anything but bacon.
A cute extra is included that involves hunting for a hidden sticker on every page. The other interactive elements are the real star of this show, though. You can pull tabs and slide levers that respond with crisp sound effects, revealing Millie's many secrets. You can tap to see Millie dress in several cute outfits, watch her 'disappear' and try feeding her. Millie even has a 'frenemy' in the form of an old stuffed cat called "Kitty". Dog lovers in particular will find this book truly amusing.
This title is very solidly made with a great selection of settings including a home button, help menu, page guide, adjustable music and text highlighting. There is even a "bedtime mode" that "turns off loud sound effects, skips over games and dims the screen a little to create a soothing bedtime experience." Overall this is a truly unique and satisfying little book app that you won't want to miss!
[A portion of sales of this developer's paid app, Millie and The Lost Key, go to Petfinder.com Foundation - working ensure that every pet has a forever home.]
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
6 - 8 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
A hero is born named "Millie" ... she looks like an 'average dog' but she can make herself invisible. Or at least she thinks she can't be seen when she snuggles under a blanket. She is also a master of disguises, having five different 'outfits' that make her into a Queen, Chicken, Fire Chief, Clown and 'chilly Milly' (with matching hat, scarf & snug pink slippers).
Try to feed Millie & you'll find that she's a bit picky, disliking dog food, kibble, dog biscuits and even a special dog bone - try feeding her bacon, though, and she is one happy pup! Then Millie shows off her ability to make objects disappear (by pushing them into crevices of the couch). Millie even has a love/hate relationship with a stuffed cat named "Kitty".
The book ends with the discovery of Millie's rare & secret book ...