What child doesn't fantasize about having a candy factory all to themselves? This sweet tale, reminiscent of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, tells the story of two children that ride a cotton candy cloud one night to visit an abandoned 'confectionary'. They meet mysterious little creatures inside, along with vats of candy in every flavor and type.
This app, from Touchy Books, features richly colored illustrations by Silvia Alvarez to complement the enchanting story. As the developer name implies, these books are very 'touchable' with lots of interactive elements that enhance the story with light animation and sound effects. Birds chirp & fly across the page, lights turn on and the candy 'brew' sparkles. The kids even bounce on their cotton candy cloud.
The book is solidly made with simple settings that let you turn interactive effects off, plus a nice page guide. There are also page turn arrows (in the shape of turned up page corners) and an easy to read font (although it does not highlight as narrated). There is no way to turn off the background music, though, which would be nice for a future update since the music is on a rather short loop.
Overall, this is a beautifully illustrated digital book with plenty of fun interactive elements that complement the storyline. The story itself is imaginative, although a little strange. It certainly hit the sweet spot of wish fulfillment for my child when we read it together. I'm not sure why the candy cloud is supposed to return on April 22nd (Earth Day?) but other than that small mystery, it's an enjoyable tale.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
6 - 12 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 5 - 9
The 'confectionary' is a place that two children walk by regularly with their grandmother. She tells them that long ago it was a working candy factory. It is a mysterious place that captures the children's attention. One night they watch the building from their bedroom window and notice that an enormous cloud of cotton candy is coming out of the chimney.
The cloud carries the children away and sucks them into the building. Inside they find giant machines making candy of all kinds and flavors - a paradise for children. There are also strange little animals working in the factory. When the kids ask them what they are doing, they are told the story of a greedy man who use to run the factory. He made children work in order to have candy.
One day the children refused to work so they could have a little time to play. The man was so angry that he decided to keep the children from ever eating his candy again. After that he did all the work himself and only ate candy. One night he becomes so overworked that he falls and breaks into lots of little creatures, the ones who now run things.
The children were amazed by this story and left with a large bag of candy. They were told that every year on April 22nd, a big marshmellow would take them to the factory again.