This is part of the Motley series from Just Kids Apps. It is an unusual but imaginative series of tales based on a series of creatures that are, "very different and individual animals. They can all speak animalish – the common language in the wild – and are able to share their experiences and stories. They are quirky and fun and can help to bring an understanding and appreciation of the world around us."
At Christmas time you may have discovered their free book app, an adorable story starring one of Santa's reindeer that can only fly upside-down. Like the story from Christmastime, Henry the Upside Down Reindeer, this Motley story has a fun plot about a trip to Easter Island to meet the Easter rabbit (more commonly referred to as the Easter Bunny). The boy in this story, Albert, learns about how the rabbits paint eggs all over the world and then deliver them to children.
As a digital book, this app is well made with simple swipe-style page turning and an easy to read font, although no highlighting as narrated. A couple cute extra activity pages also appear within the book for an added Easter treat. Very limited animation and lots of light interactive elements in the form of sound effects & extra dialogue make this title fun to play with as well as read.
I'll be the first to admit that I don't entirely understand the Motlies ... the stories are a bit long and convoluted at times, but definitely imaginative and engaging for children. I would recommend for future updates that the developer consider additional story-editing to make them more concise and shorter, something I think could be done without losing any of the magic. Illustrations are colorful but not complex, giving the story a fresh but amateur feel. However, the overall impression I have is of my child loving these stories, simply because at their heart they capture something special about childhood, a magical world of imagination.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
JustKidsApps - Katrin Draemann Barothy
10 - 12 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
English • German •
A little boy named Albert loves springtime. As he considers what to do on Easter weekend, he begins to wonder about the Easter 'rabbit' and researches Easter on the Internet. While looking up info, he discovers that there is also a place named, "Easter Island" and decides to go there. Albert goes to get his friend, Herold (a Motley who looks like a hedgehog), to come with him on the journey.
To travel to Easter Island, the two friends just hop inside their magical tree and close their eyes. Soon they are on a South American island, part of Chile. They are first impressed by all the statues. They are called, "Moai" and the Easter Islands are famous for them. Herold tells Albert that he's been here before and they should look for a rabbit named Raul.
Soon the two travelers have met up with a bunch of rabbits, which Albert can talk to because of his magical ability to understand 'animalish' languages. Albert asks, "Are you responsible for all the Easter eggs?" They explain that they have rabbits all over the world with painting paws.
When Albert meets Raul, he finds an usually colorful rabbit. He is then instructed to paint Raul's fur but doesn't know why. Soon it is explained that Raul needs to be painted to a dull brown so he can sneak back into the world to deliver the Easter eggs.
Soon Albert realizes that he needs to get home to prepare a special Easter breakfast for his family. He also brings some special Easter eggs from the island. He thanks the rabbits and promises to try to come back through the Motley on another full-moon.
More info about the Motlies - from the book's info section:
"The Motlies are a group of very different and individual animals, which undergo many exciting adventures ... The starting point for their story is the secret place called the "Motley" which enables them to wish themselves to anywhere on this planet. Herold is the keeper of the Motley and he has to learn why he was chosen for this task. He can find out more about his quest once he has befriended as many different animals as possible. Albert has the honorable job to help his friend Herold. During their many voyages around the world, they have met many new friends, among them Henry the Reindeer, Erla the elephant and Girlanda the little giraffe. With the use of a secret password passed on by either Herold or Albert, all new friends can meet during full moons and exchange interesting information. Since the secret meeting take place in the "Motley", the group of friends is called the Motlies."