Emma loves Pink is an adorable little ebook with charming illustrations and sweet narration. The story is about Emma, a little girl who loves pink. And I mean REALLY loves pink. She'd like everything to be pink, even the trees and sky. When her froggy friend gives her a present, she imagines all sorts of pink things it could be ... but then discovers it is a cabbage. This green veggie is tasty though and she decides maybe green isn't such a bad color afterall. When she kisses froggy on the cheek to thank him, he turns pink with embarrassment, much to her delight.
This book has simple page swiping and is solidly made. There is also a small 'extra' called "stickers" that lets the child pick from several images in the book. Simple controls allow the child to tap the blank screen to add a 'sticker' of each animal. The sticker can even be made bigger or smaller with two-finger pinch. Once the stickers are placed the way the child likes them, a heart button saves a copy to your photos, or you can erase it and start over.
For a future update I would like to see the book expanded to use the full screen of the iPad. You can see from the screen shot of the cover that there is black space above and below the book, similar to an iPhone app expanded to 2X. The child narration is very sweet, but not well articulated in several places, which can be an issue for a book aimed at young children.
I think an update isn't too much to ask of a talented developer like Winged Chariot, especially since this book has been out for nearly a year and has never been updated. In particular, it is odd to have a book this nice without any settings - not even a way to turn off the narration - although muting the sound is always an option. With just a few changes, like the addition of adult narration as a option, plus text that highlights as it is read, this book would be nearly perfect.
Even without an update, I would recommend this book app for reading to young children or for early readers on their own with the sound muted. It isn't animated or interactive (except for froggy's face changing colors), making it a great read at bedtime. My son enjoyed it a lot, laughing at the imaginative illustrations of Emma's pink world. I'm sure it would be an even bigger hit with a little girl, especially if she loves pink.
In English, Estonian or Japanese. Supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
6 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 6
English • Japanese •
Emma is a little bunny girl who is obsessed with the color pink. Everything she owns is pink, her teacup, her hairband and even her mobile phone. This isn't nearly enough pink to satisfy little Emma. She imagines the trees, sky, butterflies, bees and even the rain being pink in a perfect world. She has a birthday with a pink theme, of course. She is turning four and the pink cake has four pink candles. When her little green friend, Ferdinand the Frog, comes to the party with a present, she imagines all sorts of pink things that it could be. It is a green cabbage! But it is tasty, so she concludes that green might be as good as pink afterall. Then she gives Ferdinand a kiss on the cheek. He is embarrassed, turning a delightful shade of pink.