Lula's Brew for the iPad (iPhone version also available), is a delightful read with wonderful narration by the author. This book is an original story and illustration from Ms. Dulemba, who has authored many other children's books, including, "Soap, Soap, Soap".
It is a good example of a title that brings all the fun of children's literature to the brilliant screen of the iPad without adding anything extra, just simple narration, which is optional and manual page turning (although auto-page turning would be a nice feature on future updates).
We thoroughly enjoy this book at bedtime, with or without the audio. It is also a wonderful example of books being published directly from author/illustrator's to their readers. This is a rich, beautifully illustrated title that captures the magic of reading while offering a new way to share good books with kids.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Elizabeth O. Dulemba
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 10 +
Lula is a little witch that lives with her Aunties, who want her to be a witch just like them. But Lula hates to fly on a broom and prefers to study cookbooks rather than spellbooks -- she wants to be a famous chef and have her own restaurant or a show on the food channel. In desperation, the Aunties insist she try to make one last potion, but Lula secretly adds her cooking flair and in true witchy fashion ends up creating a brew that bewitches the entire town, and maybe her Aunties too! This is a a fun rhyming tale that transcends the typical witch story to appeal way beyond Halloween. A fun book for cooks everywhere, year-round.