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Bita's Magic Circus

January 17, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

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A fanciful circus appears from a magic bottle ...

Bita is a fanciful character in this new book, carrying a whole magical circus in a small bottle tucked inside his coat pocket. When the performers emerge, in a puff of smoke, readers are treated to descriptions of each unique performer. There isn't any story beyond this introduction, but Bita's circus is populated by an enchanting bunch of characters who pack enough whimsy to make a short, but fun read.

The book is solidly made, but appears to be more of a 'lite' version or 'teaser' to introduce readers to a series of books about Bita's Circus. My main complaint with this otherwise cute little app is that it is very difficult to page through the book without accidentally tapping one of the many links to the AppStore to purchase the second book. A prominent tab at the top of every page draws the readers attention by sliding over the page every so often, enticing youngsters to leave the app. My child did this so many times I finally had to set my device to airplane mode.

Otherwise this app has nice enhancements that include light interactivity and animation. Narration is a bit soft and there is no setting to turn it off for a 'read myself' mode. A page guide would also be helpful, as well as a more hidden set of links to additional apps in the series.

Also available in Portuguese - See 'other versions' tab for link & more information.

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Bita's Magic Circus

January 17, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Unknown

Developer:
4 DIMENSAO DESIGN E TECNOLOGIA LTDA

Length (time):
4 - 6 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: Yes

Age: 4 - 8

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
10 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Bita's Magic Circus

Bita has a magic circus, one that appears magically from a small bottle he carries in his coat pocket. The magical circus includes:

Luke: a tight-rope walker whose feet produce a special glue when he's happy that let him stick to the rope

Jawbreaker: a circus clown that sneezes and blows his face off before reassembling it

Nina & Mia: twins who disappear and reappear in a puff of smoke

Oto: a magician who hears people's thoughts so he always guesses right, impressing the crowd

Agnes: a juggler who can levitate

Lily: a contortionist who can also sign in a way that calms the breavest of the brave

Rudolfo: a strong man who actually turns everything he touches into styrofoam so it's light as air

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad

Options:

Show/Hide Words, Links to: Ad for 2nd Book in Series, AppStore

App Release Date:
2011-11-20

 






Size: 18.84 MB

Version: 1.0

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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