The Adventures of Ash & Ollie: ScreenTime - A Fingerprint Network App by Fingerprint Digital, Inc

The Adventures of Ash & Ollie: ScreenTime – A Fingerprint Network App, from Yummico, is the first in a brand new series that carries a novel tale, as it addresses kids and the issue of “screen time”. This hits home, I’m sure most of us with kids can relate to the obvious scenario.

The characters are adorable (think Charlie Brown) and the text is in the form of a catchy rhyme. These two brothers are great pals and like to hang together, a timer holds a pre-dominate place in the simple and sweet illustrations. “We have rules for gadgets that we must obey, before turning one on and starting to play.”

As you can well imagine these two boys are Read more …

Milly, Molly and the Tree Hut HD by Kiwa Media

Milly, Molly and the Tree Hut is one of the "Milly, Molly" books based on a popular educational series from New Zealand. These children's books have been published in print since 2000. They are about the adventures of two little girls from different ethnic backgrounds and often include their multi-cultural friends. The series has the tag line, "We may look different but we feel the same.” See the youtube clip at the bottom of this review to hear the theme song.

The print version of this title, published in 2004, is listed under the topic 'health' and focuses on the girls' friend Maxter and his obsession with TV. His mother wants him to play outside and get exercise, so Milly and Read more …

Messy Mia - Tales and Stories of the Ancient Tech with Trivia Picture Quiz for Kids by AvatarGeneration Ltd

 

Can your kids (or even yourself) have fun without internet or technology? How do you usually entertain yourselves? Do we depend so much on technology that losing it, even for a moment, irritates us and causes disruption to our lives? That’s definitely the case for Mia’s mom. She was angry when she couldn’t find the television remote and ordered Mia to tidy her messy room and look for the remote. But Messy Mia & The Tale of Ancient Tech by AvatarGeneration is more about how technology has evolved over the past generation than how we have become more reliant on technology in our daily lives.

 

While searching for the remote, Mia met a knowledgeable robot who Read more …

Little Bird by AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o.

This educational title is a must-download for little ones learning about Internet safety. Little Bird is on her way to wish her grandma a happy birthday over the computer. With the help of her parents, Little Bird has learned how to be safe while online so she shares her tips with several of her animal friends on her way home. Presented in a lightly interactive and animated storybook app, young children will not only enjoy this book, but will also learn a lesson that can serve them for a lifetime of digital exploration.

Topics include how to deal with pop-ups, requests for personal information, on-line bullies and spam websites, as well as the constant refrain, "tell your parents" or "ask Read more …

Cool to be Clever: Edson Hendricks by Trelawny Consulting Group Ltd.

Based on the print title, published in 2011, this book app is an inspirational read for kids ages 8 and up. It is absolutely packed with top notch educational content, presented in an intuitive app that is polished and engaging. Text can be read or listened to, although the reading level is roughly for ages 8-12+. The print title retails for nearly $20, so this app is also an exceptional value. Older readers, including adults, will enjoy the history, science and inspirational messages found in this digital book. 

The structure of this app is fun to explore, with sections that include videos, music and narrated segments about topics like bulling, how the Internet was invented Read more …

The House That Went On Strike Original Story App for the iPad by Jumping Pages Inc.

What if your house cared about how you cared for it? This original storybook app from Jumping Pages brings young readers a tale where the family abode takes on a life of its own with deeper messages for everyone in the household. Featuring lots of interactive elements for young readers to tap on, this title reinforces the idea that home is a place you need to maintain as a whole family. The usual story about cleaning up and taking care of our surroundings can be rather boring (to both kids and adults), making this story a treat, as the appliances and furniture have personalities and feelings about how well they are being treated.

Told in simple but well-crafted rhyme, this story is about a Read more …

The Berenstain Bears Computer Trouble by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Computer Trouble is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, first published in print in 2010. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

This formula, sometimes criticized for being too moralistically simplistic, has been a fast Read more …

The Berenstain Bears: Sick Days by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Sick Days is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2009. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

This formula, sometimes criticized for being too moralistically simplistic, has been a fast favorite of millions of young readers Read more …

Alph and Betty's Topsy Turvy World by Cav Films Ltd

Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World is the first app from British app developer Electric Circus Ltd. It is a charming and eclectic blend of a fun alphabet-themed storybook, videos, platform game and mini-games. It is child-friendly with no adverts, in-app purchases or external links. The app has read to me and read by myself options, the narration is done by a professional British narrator.

Alph and Betty are inventors who create all kinds of crazy contraptions. The reader gets introduced to their Topsy Turvy World through a series of short videos, done in an old movie style. There are 8 scenes to explore each representing a letter from A- H, the story connects the scenes as the reader Read more …

NetKids Digital Entertainment Network for Kids by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC

After installing and setting up the free app, parents create an account for themselves and for each child age two and up using the app. The settings are parent-protected by year of birth and have everything you could want in terms of settings: child profiles, parental account, manage titles (where certain titles can be removed from the child's view, like maybe Barney), quality settings (for switching HD off or on and allowing the app to use cellular data for downloads), manage downloads (where items can be removed), support, rate app, privacy policy and the unlock content area where the subscription is made.

After all of the parental tinkering in settings, adults can hand over the app to Read more …


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