"Messy hair, bedhead hair. Grumpy in the morning hair," begins this cute, although quite short storybook app. Rhyming verse continues to tell the tale of the little girl's day as she goes through each routine (and so does her hair). From brushing to riding on the bus all the way to bathing and getting ready for bed (and everything in between).
The book is nicely narrated although the audio has a slight echo. There are also slight animated touches in every scene, but nothing too distracting to the storyline. The book is not interactive, although the text does highlight as read and comes with a comprehensive vocabulary list of over 50 words present in the story in both English and Spanish. Having both translations in the same app makes this a great title for both language learners and foreign language study. You can also tap on any word in the text to hear it narrated, a nice educational feature.
There is a troublesome link from the title page - an 'about' button that when tapped goes directly to the developer's website ... it would be nice to see this at least include a "Do you want to leave the app to go to the web?" prompt first. A pop-up after the story also asks the reader to rate the book every time, even after following the link to the AppStore and leaving a rating. Perhaps a future update could at least include a 'never' option for this prompt to make it go away.
As a digital offering, this title is solidly made with nice large type and easy to use arrow page-turning. The illustrations are bright and colorful with wonderful images that tell the story as much as the text. Children of diverse races and ethnicities are pictured throughout along with different kinds, styles and colors of hair. Overall this is a great choice for group storytimes and even makes a fun bedtime read.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Dorothy Thurgood Manning
33 Loretta Kids' Books LLC
3 - 5 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 6
English • Spanish •
From waking up (grumpy hair) to getting ready for school (brushing/braiding), one little girl's day is pictured in this book with rhyming verse to describe each stage of her routine. After breakfast she (and her hair) ride the school bus, sit in class and play at recess with lots of other children (shown with lots of types of hair). At lunch her hair falls in her soup (oops!) before getting wet and messed up on a windy, stormy day as school finishes.
The girl goes straight to the bath to wash her hair when she gets home. Now her hair gets to be under-water, combed (with tangles) and then clean & shiny for story time. Dinner is not pictured. Her "tired hair, sleepy hair" now goes to bed with her smelling sweetly. Special focus is put on all the different colors and kinds of hair on children pictured from a variety of different races and ethnicities.