The Miko books, by talented author Brigitte Weninger, have been among my child's favorites in print for many years, published in the past decade. I especially love the beautiful illustrations of Stephanie Roehe that pair so nicely with the sweet stories in this series. In this title, Miko can't find his 'lovey' Mimiko, a little mouse-doll that he always has as a companion in the series.
After searching high and low, Miko and his mom still cannot find Mimiki. Any parent of small children knows the panic that sets in after an exhaustive search for a special toy. My child seemed near tears himself, listening to the page about Miko having to go to bed with Mimiki still lost. Thankfully, Miko books are ever so gentle, with this one resolving happily in the end.
In digital, this title has lots of flexible features, including the ability to record your own narration and change 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 Miko apps also have an easy to read font that highlights as narrated for the original text, making them ideal educational titles.
Interactivity in these Auracle books 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 also no extras or animation, making the Auracle series 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 am delighted to see them all now available in digital form, especially since most are out-of-print. It's great to see such beloved books make the digital transition and Auryn's treatment has given them new life and some exceptional enhancements. 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
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
One day, Miko is searching for his little mouse-doll, Mikmiki. When he cannot find his 'lovey' he asks his mom for help. Miko and Mom then start looking for little Mimiki. They look inside the cabinets, outside in the sandbox and even in the neighbor's yard. Searching continues in the kitchen, living room and even across the street. Miko begins to fill with anxiety.
"What if I never see him again?" Miko frets. At bedtime, Mimiki was still nowhere to be found so Miko tries to go to sleep, tearfully. As he fluffs his pillow he feels something familiar ... it's Mimiki!