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I really have to go! HD - Piccolo picture books

April 16, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

I really have to go! is a digital book with the look and feel of a classic children's picture book. It has playful illustrations and a story that is sure to tickle the funny bone of young & old alike. It features a little boy on an adventurous (and futile) search for a bathroom. His dad asks him to 'hold it' for a minute that turns into much longer. First, they get a flat tire. Then they have to walk home, only to find all the bathrooms in their house occupied. Even the neighbors are no help. When the boy takes the drastic step of peeing outdoors he's in for quite a surprise ...

This book app is a great bedtime treat. The story has some very small animations and several hidden sound effects that enhance the story nicely without overstimulating a child or getting in the way of reading comprehension. The pages have an interesting style, where you can scroll to see more of the picture. Page turns are by arrow at the top corner or by swiping after scrolling to the end of the scene.

I enjoyed the extra large pages but found this feature a little touchy at times, causing inadvertent page turns before we were done reading. My only real complaint, though, is the layout of the text. The easy to read font is unfortunately very small. It's also in a translucent box with the illustrations showing through, making it very difficult to read over certain scenes (like the one with the bicycle). There seems to be ample white space on the scrolling pages, so hopefully the developer will improve this in a future update.

With delightful illustrations and well-crafted storytelling, this is a sure hit for bedtime. The sound effects and narration are also well done and amusing. Aside from a couple technical issues, this book is one I'd highly recommend.

[An iPhone version is available in itunes, click HERE.]

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I really have to go! HD - Piccolo picture books

April 16, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Fiona Rempt/Noelle Smit

Unieboek Het Spectrum b.v.

Length (time):
6 - 10 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8

English • French • Spanish •German •Dutch •

Length (pages):
12 Pages


Story Synopsis - I really have to go! HD - Piccolo picture books

In this story, a little boy named Brian needs to pee really badly when his dad picks him up from school. His dad asks him if he can 'hold it' for just a moment when he runs an errand. Then their bike tire gets a flat and they have to walk the rest of the way home. Brian runs into the house and finds the downstairs bathroom is locked with his brother on the other side refusing to open the door. So he runs upstairs to find his mom taking a bath in the upstairs bathroom.

In a panic, Brian runs to the neighbors, but her piano playing drowns out his knock. The other neighbor he tries doesn't see him and pours water out the window thinking a dog's trying to get in. By now Brian is really desperate. So he just looks for a spot outdoors and ends up peeing against a tree in the park. While peeing, he is startled by a parade going by ... even peeing right into a Tuba. Brian blushes and tries to explain while the adults in the parade look on with various emotions from mirth to outrage.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad


Read to Me, Read Myself, Highlighting On/Off

App Release Date:


Size: 51.8 MB

Version: 1.1

Lite Version Available: No



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