Featuring an original storyline for a Christmas tale, along with lovely (although limited) enhancements ... this app is a must-download for the season of Santa! It begins in the first person, telling a tale that puts the reader into the driver's seat - readers enter their name for personalization of the message. You are an elf on the most important day of the year - Chirstmas Eve. You must help Santa while all the other elves are asleep, giving them an advantage.
When Santa needs an elf, your "elf phone" makes a sound and you're off! Santa needs you to get dressed and this is where the app get's interesting. Children can choose one of several differnt suit ideas, including a Viking, Astronaut, Clown, Pirate, Knight, Court Jester, HipHop, Mime, Fairy & Traditional Santa. This is the only real interactive element, but it is spot-on for an ideal way to enhance a title for young readers.
Page turning is by arrows at the bottom corners of the page and text is narrated but not highlighted word-for-word, which would be a nice addition. Settings include a home button but not much else. Most pages turn with this feature, but a few have just the watch image to tap to move to the next page, simulating using a 'phone watch' to call Santa. Since the reader is the main character, an elf, the magic is mostly in getting to pick out Santa's suit.
As children pick a suit, the dialogue changes at the end. "You hope you've picket the right clothes. And that they all fit too. You hope that Santa likes the suit. He's put his trust in you." No matter what the child picks a positive outcome is guaranteed. If you pick the 'court-jester' outfit for Santa he says, "What a plyaful choice. I really love this suit. The bells will make my reibdeer laught and the hat is very cute." Each outfit has a slightly different message, making for a lot of replay value in this app!
Overall, this is an extraordinary holiday title, perfect for reading in December. You'll love 'dressing Santa' as well as helping him get the gifts to everyone on time. Children will enjoy the personalization, diversity in plot twists and ways the story can be told. A sure-fire hit this holiday season!
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Brighid K. Shannon
Ginger Whale Pty. Ltd.
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
A story where your child chooses the ending. In this interactive adventure, your child is the main character—an elf. It’s Christmas Eve and there’s an emergency at the North Pole. Santa’s Suit is missing. Your child is soon given a very important mission from Santa to find a new suit. And help save Christmas.
• The reader chooses the ending with an interactive search in Santa’s Village for three items of clothing
• 1,000 ways to dress Santa, and 11 possible endings
• Read the story as a girl elf or a boy elf
• Add your own elf name to the story
• Snowing in most scenes
• Narrated by schoolteacher Muriel Johnson
• With a guide to the suits you can find
• 100% child-friendly