"Naomi had a useful dad, Normal-sized, and not at all bad," begins this delightful storybook app about a little girl and her father. One day Naomi's daddy begins to get fat, but not in any ordinary way ... something quite different was happening. Her dad was becoming a balloon! Featuring beautiful animation and interactivity that is whimsical and plot-related.
This is a solidly made app overall, with an upbeat, jazzy piano tune that plays in the background. Ample settings allow you to turn this music off, or to adjust the sound effects. The page set up is a little strange, with a bar at the bottom to slide from page to page. Page numbers would be a nice addition to this feature. I also found one bug in the narration, where it is cut off, not finishing the page - making autoplay for a child listening by themselves problematic.
Overall, though, this app has all the trappings of a perfect digital storybook. It has lovely illustrations and a deligtful storyline that readers won't soon forget. Even if there were no enhancements, this tale would be a treat. Touchoo has managed to deliver a book app that is funny, charming and likely to win over readers of all ages. Recommended!
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Eran & Noam B. Y.
6 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
A little girl named Naomi has nice dad, normal and useful. He even takes her to school twice a week. One day, his belly and bottom began to grow fat ... as he filled up more space. He was becoming a BALLOON. When he filled the room, she began to push him out the door, noticing that he was also 'hovering'.
Naomi didn't want her dad to fly away, so she tied his leg to a peg in the ground. Her dad made quite an impressive baloon and seemed quite happy up there. That night she tied his rope to her bike stand ... soon he closed his eyes and was asleep. For the next few days, Naomi carried Daddy like an ordinary balloon. Soon Naomi and her dad had made the news.
Everyone asks Naomi if she is ashamed of her dad. She says she's proud, but she does miss having her normal dad around, to tuck her in and comfort her. As her daddy-balloon grows, people begin to use him to advertise things, like a giant blimp. Soon he even clouds out the sun.
The government get involved, seeing the situation getting severe - they attempt to bring him down, shooting him. This makes Naomi's dad whizz back and forth as all the air is let out of him. When he gets back he is very happy to get back to their old routine, taking little Naomi to school, twice a week.