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Goodnight Mo ~ 3D Interactive Pop-Up Book

November 29, 2015

By: Jo Booth


An short, sweet and lightly animated app perfect for bedtime reading ...

Goodnight Mo, by Story Toys, is an enchanting interactive 3D pop-up book to help parents establish a night time bed routine. Mo’s routine gets more cozy and relaxed as the book progresses, from saying Good Night to the sun and the moon outdoors to listening to a lullaby after being tucked into bed with his Teddy. Every page is filled with objects and routines familiar to toddlers and preschoolers, and is a great way to introduce daily habits such as teeth brushing and potty, by having Mo as a model.

The routines appear non-threatening and may ease some more sensitive kid’s anxiety or resistance to transitions or in trying to pursue basic life skills. Going through each room, it is time to turn off the lights, and say Good Night. I love how all creatures in the book yawn, and this could be played out throughout a little one’s routine to reinforce that it is time for bed.

The art work is fresh and cozy and you can shift the pages for a varied view to elongate or slow the pace down. The narration is superb. There are eight pages to this book, which I think is perfectly matched to a toddler’s attention and the given function of the book–any longer and you risk arousing the nervous system and a child who is more awake.

My only wish for this lovely book would be to have Mo say Good Night to the sun first on the opening page or eliminate the sun altogether. It makes it awkward on the first page to have the sun up, and when you first tap on Mo after the page narration, he says Good Night moon! …and then every subsequent tap on the page is coming from a night time perspective. I felt like I was back peddling to have the sun set and the moon come up. I do like the idea of the transition from day to night, but feel the execution is a bit awkward. I do not know how hard that would be to change, but would appreciate any efforts to make this a little different.

Overall this is a nice app for helping children transition from an awaken state to getting settled for sleep. I would recommend in using this app to help children learn to establish bedtime routines.

And now for the finale. Good Night parents… everywhere. Sleep Well!


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. 

This review was originally published by TeachersWithApps.com on February 24, 2014. Teachers With Apps was co-founded by Jayne Clare, a Special Education teacher, and Anne Rachel, an artist and Early Childhood educator. Their goal is to be a credible resource for quality educational apps.

Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play everyday; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.

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


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Goodnight Mo ~ 3D Interactive Pop-Up Book

November 29, 2015

By: Carisa Kluver

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StoryToys Entertainment Limited

Length (time):
6 - 12 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: Yes

Age: 2 - 5

English • French • Spanish •German •Italian •

Length (pages):
7 Pages


Story Synopsis - Goodnight Mo ~ 3D Interactive Pop-Up Book

Goodnight Mo is a magically sleepy and comforting bedtime book. As night falls and the moon rises, a cute little monster gets ready for bed. Beautiful imagery, gently rhyming narration, and soothing music make Mo’s bedtime routine the perfect way to wind down before going to sleep. 

From the very first yawn, little ones will discover charming surprises in each of the 3D pop-up scenes: they will delight in gently sending various animals to the land of nod, popping bubbles in a bath, brushing Mo’s teeth, and rocking the little monster to sleep. 

[Source: iTunes]


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Play, Language, Home, Credits, Privacy Policy, Narration On/Off, Music On/Off, Parent Section, Settings (Tilt/Touch), PageGuide, Links (under parent section): Web, eMail, Facebook, Twitter, Google+

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Size: 52.11 MB

Version: 1.0.5

Lite Version Available: No



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