Hannah Habeebee McHats is 'crazy about hats!' ... and not just your typical hats. She loves both large and small, but also more exotic hats, like those that glow, make noise, and even taste "oh, so sweet" (think cupcake)! Filled with lightly animated elements that are triggered with a simple tap, this book app is sure to please young children and their parents. It isn't the most highly produced app, nor one with a ton of extras to keep a child busy for hours, but for the sheer enjoyment of a good book, this is one of my top recommendations.
As a digital book, this title is solidly made with simple settings to read with or without narration. Simply tap the words on each page to trigger the 'read-aloud' mode. A page guide and/or home button would be a nice addition, but with a title this short, it is not a huge inconvenience.
This book received the much coveted Kirkus Star, and I have to agree that it's a top notch storybook app - especially considering it has been free for months (and was only $0.99 before that). Hannah is an adorable character and the presentation is delightful. Tap her large eyes to see the pupils spin and hear cute extra dialogue. And the whimsy of her many hat choices makes for a fun storyline; from a boom-box hat to one made of jiggly jello, readers will be eager to see all her crazy headwear.
Overall, this is a solidly made book app with lots of appeal for young readers. Images are simple but charming and interactivity does a nice job enhancing the text. And as long as it's free ... what more could a parent ask for in a digital book? Highly Recommended!
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
3 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 8
Hanna Habeebee McHats loves hats! She likes to wear a special for every occasion ... from small hats, to large hats and everything in between. She giggles with funny hats and wishes to eat the tasty ones ... every day brings a new special hat, from Halloween to hearts, and even a monster hat!
But Hannah's hats take up so much space ... so she opens her own store, a hat boutique ...