Ready to explore? Head to the beach in this fun title for readers 4-8. Like Barnyard Mystery, this 2nd app from Hamson Design Group has a structure that allows your child to 'choose their own adventure' with a picture book that is slightly different each time it is read. Told in rhyming verse, the app also inserts the child's name into the story, personalizing this tale about exploring the seaside.
The app is also lightly animated and interactive, with lots of things to tap. Most of the enhancements are not particularly tied to the storyline, but they are certainly fun. While this is a nice title and solidly built overall, it really needs the addition of a page guide and/or home button, since there is no way to restart the book except from the final page.
Nice narration accompanies the story, although it simply omits the personalized name, which may confuse some young readers. I would also love to see highlighting added to go along with the voice-over. The text is also in a rather small and stylized font that could be difficult for some early readers.
Page turning doesn't really exist in this app ... instead you tap the text several times on each page to get more of the story (image stays the same) until prompted to choose a new location to explore. Overall, this title is a fun app with simple, but adorable illustrations. Children will enjoy seeing their own name featured and the chance to have the story be a little different every time it's read.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Hamson Design Group Pty Ltd
8 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 8
In this book, readers travel to different locations near the ocean. Enter the reader's name on the title page to see it appear within the story.
The adventure begins at the beach and then branches out to explore several environments nearby that include: caves, rockpools, the pier, a sunken ship, waves with surfers, a fishing boat, underwater with diving dolphins, and snorkeling along the coral reef.
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