The Miko series, by talented author Brigitte Weninger, has been among my child's favorites in print for many years. This title was published in 2005 and features a story about little Miko (an adorable mouse) waking up too early and wanting his mom to get up and play with him. I was delighted to have this title for my digital library, since it is out-of-print. I especially love the beautiful illustrations of Stephanie Roehe that pair so nicely with the sweet stories in this series.
"Can I sleep until the alarm clock rings? Pleasssse?" begs Miko's mom as she snuggles back under the covers. Sound familiar? Miko tries to find something interesting to do while his mom is asleep, but everything just reminds him of how much fun it would be to do things with her. In the end, he comes up with a way to surprise her by making her something special.
In digital, this title has lots of flexible features, including the ability to record your own narration and change all the text on each page. While I cannot imagine wanting to rewrite Weninger's well-crafted stories, this is a great feature to encourage children to become storytellers and is a fun way to expand on reading the book. The title also has an easy to read font that highlights as narrated.
Interactivity in these Auracle titles is limited to the name of items being spoken when tapped (along with the word appearing briefly). While this light enhancement may not 'wow' young readers, it does help with reinforcing the visual connections between words and images for pre-readers and learner readers in particular.
There are no extras or animation in this app, making it, and all of the Auracle books from Auryn Apps, especially well suited for bedtime reading and classroom use. Overall this is a solidly made app that gives parents and educators lots of flexible ways to use it in different settings. The whole Miko series is full of great teachable moments tucked into heart-warming stories ... I hope they republish them all in app form. It's great to see such beloved books make the digital transition so nicely. Highly recommended.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Brigitte Weninger/Stephanie Roehe
6 - 8 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
Miko wakes up early one morning ... so early that his mom's alarm clock has not yet gone off and she begs him to let her sleep just a little longer. So Miko takes the alarm clock with him so he can watch the hands move until they get close to the red alarm hand. In the meantime, he tries to think of things to do.
But the time seems to be going by so slowly. He tries tumbling on the floor, picking his nose, reading picture books and even exploring under his bed. Then his tummy starts growling, but he resists the urge to tell his mom. He eats an apple instead, saving half of it for her when she wakes up. Then he plays some more before deciding to do something special.
He gets art supplies out and wraps the alarm clock in a box he decorates with paper and ribbon. He then puts the box on his mom's nightstand and waits for the clock to ring and the box to pop open with a colorful flurry. "I wrapped up some time for you to sleep," Miko tells her. Now mom is rested and ready to play. Miko takes her to see all the things he thought of that they can now do together.