This is an adorable story starring one of Santa's reindeer that you've probably never heard of ... Henry. He is one of the Motlies, "a group of ... animals [that] speak “animalish” – the common language in the wild ... They are quirky and fun and can help to bring an understanding and appreciation of the world around us." This story is about Henry, a reindeer that can only fly upside-down, but this doesn't prevent him from being useful on Christmas Eve. In fact, Santa's whole sleigh flies upside down with Henry at the lead, making it even easier to drop presents into the chimneys below. The app itself is well made with simple swipe-style page turning and an easy to read font, although no highlighting as narrated. A couple cute extra activity pages also appear within the book for an added Christmas treat. Simple but engaging animation and light interactive elements make this free title fun to play with as well as read.
This title is one of over two dozen titles briefly reviewed for a special post in our blog for the winter holidays, 2011.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
JustKidsApps - Katrin Draemann Barothy
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
English • German •
There is no synopsis for this title. It is part of a special post for Winter Holiday Books in our blog, The Digital Media Diet. This is one of our many seasonal & recommended reading lists. Publication Date: Winter 2011