From Night & Day Studios comes a truly exceptional app for creativity. Fans of Lincoln Pierce's "Big Nate" series will not be disappointed by this full-featured comic book creation app. My seven-year old is a recent fan of these stories, about a 6th grade boy and his friends. Familiar scenes from school and home draw young readers into this fun series, ideal for upper elementary school and early middle school readers, especially boys.
Parents should know that this app does not include a lot of reading content, but is instead intended to inspire your young storytellers to create their own simple narratives in comic-book fashion. The app has a half dozen examples of the Big Nate comic strip included, along with links in-app to purchase eBook versions of the series via the iBookStore.
The main event, however, is creating your own comics starring the characters from Pierce's popular series, including images of Nate, Gina, Francis, Jenny, Teddy, Mrs. Godfrey, and Spitsy the dog. Each strip is created with one of three options. Kids can begin by using a series of 'story starters' that include a few scenes to get things moving, by filling in speech bubbles for an otherwise fully illustrated strip, or by starting entirely from scratch. Options include several backgrounds (school, home, park) and other special effects, all nicely tailored to the familiar world of the Big Nate series. Each creation can be saved and shared for hours of creative replay value.
The overall impression on my young Nate fan was definitely positive, although he did send me away (once he got savvy with the drag-and-drop settings), so he could create another new comic strip "all by himself". If you're looking for a way to get a 6-10 year old (boy) to create (rather than consume) media eagerly, this app is ready to deliver.
Also available for iPhone/iPod: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/big-nate-comix-by-u!/id483622389?mt=8
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Night & Day Studios, Inc.
15 - 60 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 8 - 12 +