From Tizio Publishing, this personalizable title allows you to take a picture of your child (or use a photo) to show them as an astronaut inside the book's pages. It is short but sweet, featuring light interactivity and animation. Among the fun things to tap on this title's eleven pages is a cool 'control panel' for a rocket ship. It could even be the digital replacement for that old-school toy, the toddler 'busy box' (a toy with lots of buttons & levers).
Seeing your child's picture in several scenes (or their name, which appears on a flag), is really fun; kids reading or listening will be especially engaged as they anticipate seeing themselves in each scene. You can enter a child's name (up to 10 characters) in the settings menu. The photo feature is accessible from the title page and takes a few moments to adjust the device position for proper alignment as a photo in the book.
I would love for the personalization feature to allow you to use a photo from the device's pictures more easily. When we tested on a device without a camera (iPad 1), the app did give us the photo roll option, but the image cannot be adjusted to fit. On the device with a camera (iPad 2), there was no option to use a photo at all. Adding this option (with zoom/frame capabilities), could also give older children a fun way to enjoy this title using their baby pictures.
Overall, this is a well made title with nice settings, like volume control for sound effects and easy arrow page turning for young fingers. The voice over is also polished and includes two English narration options (N. American or British), plus Dutch. The illustrations and brief storyline are charming, with nice pacing for children under six. Readers will be most impressed with the personalization, though ... since there is really nothing quite like picturing yourself, literally, living a dream. A great download for the young astronaut on your list! Recommended.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
3 - 5 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 6
English • Dutch •
"For space travel you need," ... a space ship and many other things. Like a spacesuit, food and your favorite teddy. What would you take and where would you go, the book asks the reader. Possibly to Mars or to see aliens? After boarding the space ship, you would take off ... you're an astronaut!