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Angus the Irritable Bull

July 14, 2014

By: Cynthia Gregory

SmartAppsforKids.com

Bottom Line: Angus the Irritable Bull isn't trying to break over the fence with a new take on the book app medium, but it has certainly done a blue-ribbon job of presenting this cute story by Dean Proudfoot and Daron Parton to young readers.

We all know an Angus in real life — the grumpy person everyone is afraid to upset lest they have to deal with the bull. There is a possibility that I am married to an Angus (not really, my darling husband, go back to stomping daisies while I review). It's important to remember that irritable people, who are not like my husband at all, might not even know why they are grumpy and they just need a friend who will stick by them.

Angus is a grumpy bull. The cows, the dogs and even the farmer avoid him until one day, a little bird lands on his back. Angus tries to shoo the bird, but the bird takes up residence and without giving the ending away, makes Angus' life better.

The app opens to a home screen with title, author credits, page selection and settings. Page selection and settings are accessible on each page with options to turn off or on sounds, narration, music and text. Navigation through the app comes with a simple swipe left or right.Angus the Irritable Bull boasts over 80 hot spots and they are seamlessly added in a way that doesn't distract from the story. Tapping on the scared farmer makes him drive away on his tractor and touching the cows make them shiver in fright.

The narration and music are perfect compliments to this cute story and add a lighthearted feel. The illustrations are absolutely gorgous with lots of color and pattern detail, such as Angus' curly hair and the leaves and landscape surrounding Angus.

The best thing about this app is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. There is whimsy on every page, including the credits, where they promise no bulls were harmed in the making of the app, but there were smashed daisies and they apologized for that part. There are tons of puns that I love, such as "ador-a-bull", "lov-a-bull", and "udderly." I would love very much to see the individual words highlighted in future updates to help reinforce early literacy and a little something extra like questions at the end to really drive home some of the lessons learned with comprehension.

Overall, I fell udderly in love with Angus and wish him and his new best bird friend the best of luck.

Highly Recommended!

This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating categories. See synopsis tab for more details about the storyline.

The author of this review, Cynthia Gregory, was just kidding about living with a bull . . . mostly. She might check him for thorns, just in case. SmartAppsForKids.com was paid a priority review fee to complet the original review in an expedited manner.

This guest review was originally published by SmartAppsforKids.com on April 18, 2014. SmartAppsforKids is one of the top review sites for kids educational apps, games and books. They strive for meticulousness and honesty in their reviews, both positive and negative. Their goal is to be the most complete source for parents and educators looking for reliable info on an app before making a purchase.

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Angus the Irritable Bull

July 14, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Dean Proudfoot/Daron Parton

Developer:
Watermark Limited

Length (time):
6 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 4 - 8

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
18 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Angus the Irritable Bull

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Meet Angus - he's a bit grumpy and gets a little too e-'moo'-tional. If he's not hassling the heifers, frowning at the farmer or fuming at the fowls, he's stomping on innocent daisies!

Follow the story of "Angus the Irritable Bull" in this 'udder'ly fantastic state-of-the-art interactive experience. "Angus" reimagines an ancient folktale about friendship for a modern audience. With artwork from the award-winning artist Daron Parton and hilarious narration by Helena McAlpine, the book app has plenty for the young and old to enjoy.

This love-a-bull story is crammed with interactivity, animation, music and sound on every page, which brings the world of Angus and the farm vividly to life. The app also features a range of options which allow the user to read the book in the way that suits them best.

• Full retina resolution artwork
• Interaction on every page - over 80 touch points throughout the book.
• Adorable sound and music.
• Professionally narrated.
• Options for narration, sound, text and music.

Narration and text in English
Age group 4-6

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad

Options:

Read to Me, Read Myself, Sound/Narration/Music//Text (On/Off), PageGuide, Credits, Links: None

App Release Date:
2014-04-01

 






Size: 58.84 MB

Version: 1.2

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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