Created by Blue Sandpiper Imprints, this monster-themed and musical book app has engaging illustrations from Victor Guiza (illustrator of Treasure Kai series). The interactivity & light animation are fun, but the story itself is the highlight, featuring a tween-friendly plot about a garage band with monster youth as characters. From lead singer Axe, his monster friends Banger and JD, to lead singer Skyler (who loses her voice in this episode) and Stones (a monster who has zit-like geodes adorning his body), this is one talented gang. In-app games include a simple tic-tac-toe game and also the ability to play the band's instruments, including a piano, guitar and drum set. While the overall experience is 'legendary' with lead singer Axe overcoming obstacles to belt out the final tune, interactions are rarely essential to the narrative.
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Michelle Anaya/Victor Guiza
8 - 12 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 6 - 10 +
From iTunes: "Axe and the Groundhogs have big dreams of being Mon-stars. They’re on the fast track to success when the band is chosen to perform at the annual Monster Jam. But the lead singer loses her voice a few days before the show. The Ground Hogs need a replacement singer, fast. Let the auditions begin! Will they find the perfect monster in time? With fun stuff to see and do on every page, it's perfect for teaching and entertaining ages 4-8!"