This is another beautifully illustrated title from Gina Ricci, author of Far to the North. Like her other digital book apps, this one is a short but beautiful tale. It is about a little girl named Sophie, her cat Sam and a lot of raindrops and puddles. It has all the trappings of a good children's picture book. It is filled with gorgeous illustrations and a sweet, lyrical story perfect for reading (or listening), even at bedtime.
Splish! Splash! Splosh! is also lightly animated and interactive, just enough to engage young readers without distracting from the story. Rain drops fall in most scenes and if you tap on the pictures, you can hear splashing or the meow of little Sam, huddled inside Sohpie's raincoat. You may even recognized the names, since Sophie was the little witch in Boo! along with her cat Sam.
The story itself is like a long poem, with delightful story pacing. The child narrator also has a delightful British accent that adds a certain sophisticated feel to the voice-over for American ears. Like other PicPocket Books, this app is also solidly made, with easy page turn and simple settings to turn off narration.
There is also a nice feature for children learning to read, that highlights the text as it is narrated. I would like to see better navigation for Picpocket apps, with home buttons or page guides, but other than that they are perfect digital storybooks. Most of their titles are especially well suited to bedtime reading and sharing with multiple children, like for classroom or library story times.
If you're looking for a good title to read or listen along with your child at bedtime, look no further. And if a rainy day of puddle jumping isn't your thing, check out some of their other titles. PicPocket books offers a wide variety of simple, lightly enhanced & narrated digital books for iOS devices.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Take 2 Ventures LLC
3 - 5 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 8
A little girl and her cat are out in the rain. Little Sophie has red boots and a red rain coat, plus a big blue umbrella. She is having a great time splashing in the puddles. Splish! Splash! Sposh!
Sophie loves jumping in puddles and her cat Sam doesn't even mind, especially if he gets some cuddling, tucked inside her coat. Of course Sam would rather be curled up inside the house ... but he waits patiently while the little girl plays, splashing in puddles and trying to catch raindrops on her tongue. Sophie loves the rain!