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Wubbzy's Dance Party

September 20, 2013

By: Melissa Northway

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With over 70 interactions available and many educational features, that you will find your children coming back to this one time and again!

The Wow Wow Wubbzy’s song is very pretty popular around our household!  It is very catchy what can I say?!  The new Wow! Wow! Wuzzby app by Cupcake Digital is pretty catchy and quite fun as well!  The first page opens up and we can chose between three different color stars – a purple, blue and pink one.  Of course we started out with the purple star and the story starts off.  It was a busy day in Wuzzleburg.  Wubbzy and his friends were getting the Wubb Club ready for the annual dance party.  You can have it read to you or you can read it yourself.  Flying across the first page are two little blue birds that squawk when you touch them and fly across the screen.  You will also see little sparkles around areas you should touch.  When you touch them, the characters from the story come out and say hello.  This is a really fun addition and there are several places you are asked to touch.  I like this feature as it allows you to spend time on each page and enjoy the silly animations and characters.

On the next page, Madame Zabinga comes out and asks Wow! Wow! Wubbzy how the dance preparations are coming along.  Each page has these fun sparkly stars that will delight.  We really enjoyed the picture in the background that every time you touch it – the shapes make a different picture – very clever!  We find out that Walden is making ooey gooey marshmallow lasagna.  The story has these fun phrases and choice of words throughout.  That is one of the things you are taught as a children’s author – to use fun words and this story does that quite well. What’s not to like about ooey and gooeymarshmallow lasagna?  Wubbzy adds to the party preparations by adding lemony-lemon juice.  His signature giggle is just classic and he does this when we help him make his lemonade juice.  The interactions are so silly – we really had a great time playing with each page.

I really like that there are educational features found throughout the app as well.  Such as the clock in the background on one page that will tell you the time each time you touch it – which changes to the first of the hour each time you tap on the screen.  Madame Zabinga says her classic “Vundabar!” while standing on her tippy toes in her tutu and strikes a new ballerina pose each time you tap her.  Too fun!

At any time you can touch the Menu flag at the far bottom left and it will take you either the Home page, Pages, Videos, Games, Paint or Options.  We tried out the games and had a blast helping to dress the band.  We are told to dress each character with the clothes at the bottom.  This is a great exercise as it helps with shape recognition.  If you choose the wrong outfit, the voices say Ahhh!  But if you chose correctly, they yell out YAY!  And once you dress the entire band, little characters jump out and dance and they yell out Great Job!  There are four games to chose from.

The Paint section was also quite fun and we can choose to paint the picture using a Brush, Draw, Chalk, Spray Paint (very fun), and Paint (where you get to chose the color you want to use).  At anytime you can undo what you painted, and can chose different pages to color and even add some stickers on your artwork. All in all, we really enjoyed Wow!Wow! Wubbzy’s Dance Party quite a bit.  With over 70 interactions available and many educational features, that you will find your children coming back to this one time and again!

Recommended.

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This review originally appeared on September 17, 2013 on the blog, MelissaNorthway.com. This blog was founded by Melissa Northway, an author who created her first book app, Penelope the Purple Pirate, in 2011. Her site provides app and book reviews as well as featuring individuals, companies and products in the tech & book industry.

Melissa is not only a children's picture book author, but she's also a mom and voted as a 2013 Circle of Moms' Top 25 Tech Moms.  She also provide reviews on her fabulous lifestyle website www.dandelionmoms.com.

All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.

 







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Wubbzy's Dance Party

September 20, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Bob Boyle/Abby Boeh

Developer:
CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC

Length (time):
8 - 15 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 4 - 8

Languages:
English • French • Spanish •

Length (pages):
20 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Wubbzy's Dance Party

Dance and read along with Wubbzy and his pals, Daizy, Walden and Widget. The Wubb Club is planning the most Wubbtastic Dance Party ever! But who will take over as lead singer when Wubbzy has too much lemony-lemon juice? Based on the popular “Meet the Wuzzles” episode, young readers will discover all new ways to learn and play with this interactive storybook app.

Wubbzy The Superhero was developed by Cupcake Digital in partnership with the producers of the Emmy® Award-winning Nick Jr. TV series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!®.



FEATURES
Hands-on learning activities encourage kids to practice counting, number and shape recognition, and more.

Creative play opportunities invite kids to paint, dance and sing with their favorite characters.

Early-learning reading skills are reinforced with text highlighting and synched narration. Three reading modes include: Read & Play, Read to Me, and Just a Book.

NEW Common Core Corner details educational experiences infused within the app to help prepare children for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Grown-up’s Corner offers thoughtful questions designed to spark open-ended conversation and reinforce reading comprehension.

CupcakeDigital.com provides more ways for parents and caregivers to enhance the app experience for kids. Free downloadable activities encourage further practice of CCSS skills, including handwriting, sight words, number and letter recognition. Plus, the site includes a Parent’s Guide for practical tips to help your child get ready for school.

Hey, parents and caregivers! We care about your kids and their safety. This app contains gated links to ensure that only adults can access social networking sites, send contact e-mails or visit app stores. We never collect personal from children or never use data for behavioral targeting. The pixel embedded in this app collects only anonymous data to help us understand downloads by device. For more information, or to view our full app privacy policy, please visit www.cupcakedigital.com/appsprivacy. [Source: iTunes]

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal

Options:

Read to Me, Read & Play, Just a Book, Credits, Help, PageGuide, Home, Videos, Games, Options (Music/Effects/Narration - Volume Controls), Paint, Links (under parent-lock): Facebook, Twitter, AppStore, Email

App Release Date:
2013-04-23

 






Size: 66.48 MB

Version: 1.1

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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