Lightly animated and interactive in a way that enhances the storyline, Phil and Freddie stories are a fun series to share with children. Featuring English and Spanish text and narration (just tap the text to trigger the voice-over), this series stars two frogs, Phil & Freddy. In this adventure they go on a picnic, but they forget to bring the blanket, basket of goodies and pretty much everything you need for a picnic. But no worries, this pair is great at pretending!
This series has simple but lovely illustrations and when tapped, the images of Phil and Freddie show thought bubbles with images of what each frog is imagining. Other interactive elements include sound effects and solid but slight animations. Text is in a nice sized font, although it doesn't highlight as narrated. Audio is polished but basic ... it would be nice to record my own narration for these titles, actually.
Settings are spare, but include a 'Read Again' at the end, easy set up for reading in English or Spanish and simple swipe-style page turning. Overall, the Phil & Freddie series is a simple but fun adventure for young readers and listeners. Great for bedtime, teaching about pretend play and bilingual education for foreign language learning. Recommended.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Annelle Rigsby/Tia Rigsby
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 6
English • Spanish •
Phil the frog and his friend Freddy are going on a picnic. They skate to the park where they find a tree in the shade to spread a blanket under. But they forgot the blanket! "Let's just pretend we have the blanket," suggests Phil. When his stomach growls he asks Freddy to open the picnic basket. "What picnic basket?" asks Freddy.
Oh, no! They've forgotten the food ... but no worries, Phil & Freddy decide to pretend. They enjoy ice cream, chips and juice (with a good dose of imagination) before heading out. But the two frogs are still hungry and thirsty. Next time, they decide to remember to bring the refreshments! The next day they decide to go fishing ...