This is another phenomenal book app from Jelly Biscuits, makers of Food Fight!. Like their previous book app by Glenn Melenhorst, this title is fun but also cognizant of the adult reading alongside the child. With subtle humor, a tale unfolds about an anthropomorphized slice of bread who drives a toaster-mobile and likes to hunt for treasure by digging in the sand at the beach. He's hoping to find the match to his latest find - a single red sandal, the right one.
The story has great attention to detail, so when Slice of Bread is digging, he pulls up all sorts of things most of us would be excited to find ... like jewels, bags of cash, trophies and even a treasure chest full of gold (I guess one person's treasure really is one slice of bread's junk). Every time you tap on Slice of Bread he digs something new up, with dozens of things appearing before a single repeat. Every page feels lovingly made in this way and makes this storybook a joy to read. It's even formated to feel more like a print book than most other apps and would make a fabulous hardback title.
In his pursuit of the left red sandal, Slice of Bread has lots of foibles, including getting 'toasted' by the sun, buttering himself up and falling in the sand before being attacked by hungry seagulls. After this last indignity, Slice of Bread meets a new character, Multigrain. She is a piece of bread as well, only a bit more nutritious and feminized with curly lashes and a red jewel between her brows. Turns out she's had sad luck digging too; she's found only a single red sandal, the left one. To find out what happens next, you'll have to read the book (or at least the synopsis).
Heartwarming and hilarious in equal measure, this book app is solidly made and beautifully animated. Interactive elements enhance the great story without detracting from it in any way. Some pages have special effects that 'wow', but only when it really suits the story. This is a perfect little read for children and their grown-ups. Highly recommended.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
A slice of bread decides one day to go to the beach to hunt for treasure. He has been discouraged lately by his bad luck ... all he's ever found was junk, except for one red, right sandal. But he's still determined to try again, so he hops in his toaster-mobile and heads to the seashore.
He digs for hours but doesn't like what he finds ... junk like ruby rings, diamonds and bags of money. Then a big wave gets him all wet so he lays on a towel to dry out. But he stays on one side too long and suddenly smells something delicious ... but wait, it's the smell of toast! After scraping the burned parts off his toasted body, he butters himself up ... but then he falls in the sand. Yuck!
Soon after Slice of Bread is attacked by hungry seagulls ... but so is another slice of bread and her name is Multigrain. She has also had terrible luck digging for treasure, finding just this one, red, left sandal. "Just my luck," they both say, deciding then to dig together in the hopes of finding the match to both of their shoes.
While they never found another red sandal (or put together the fact that the two they have are a pair), they did find a sky-high pile of 'rubbish' (i.e. gold, jewels, paintings and even an iPad). But they aren't sad about having only one shoe each; they both found something even better than treasure ... a friend.