Teddy's Night was an instant hit in our house, just as we loved "Teddy's Day". The interactivity & animation is also well-integrated into the storyline and varied enough to entertain a child for a very long time. There are so many totally original things to discover in this book, like blocks that you can knock over, a tub you can fill (touch and hold on the faucet), pop-able bubbles you can create by tapping a soap bottle, lights that turn on (or off) and even a memory game in the bathtubs tiles! There's also a great potty scene with teddy on his own little potty chair next to the little girl. Tap on either the girl or teddy for some authentic sounding bodily noises that they then giggle over.
This story, much like the first one, has enormous appeal to both kids and adults. When the little girl gets too tired to play anymore, her teddy stays awake, watching over her and even stroking her hair. One scene shows teddy telling a flower to "Shh" after it began forming menacing shadows in the dark near the sleeping little girl. Like many children, my son is a bit afraid of the dark, so this story was even allowed for bedtime once or twice. A story about a little girl who's teddy won't sleep all night to watch over her protectively was very comforting to him.
The rich illustrations also partner beautifully with this tender story. It is so well put together, that I can tell attention to detail had to be very important in it's development. In fact, the only change I'd suggest is in the memory game, since it's a little hard to see some of the tiles that have the text of the story covering them. Each page has interactive elements that are highlighted to guide the child to find the things to touch, so there isn't a lot of random tapping to worry about, either.
A German version is available separately through iTunes - iPad App Link
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Bruno Hachler/Birte Muller
10 - 30 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 3 - 8 +
English • German •
The little girl from "Teddy's Night" (Reviewed last month) is back in this story about her teddy bear playing all night when he should be sleeping. The little girl is also awake for part of the night, reading, hiding, playing and goofing around instead of sleeping. They play with blocks, sit on their potties together, jump on the bed, and then they both even 'pretend' to be asleep when the mom comes to check on the little girl. Finally, the little girl falls asleep, but she imagines that the teddy keeps playing, with him taking a bubble bath by himself on the next page. Then it shows teddy crawl in bed with the little girl to watch over her protectively while she sleeps. When she wake up, he finally closes his eyes and begins to sleep. She says, "Now, I'll take care of you. Goodnight teddy bear!"