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Piccadilly's Circus

March 10, 2013

By: Melissa Northway


Everyone can't be good at everything ... right?

It’s storybook apps like Piccadilly’s Circus, by Developer Ink Robin, that make my job of reviewing apps fun!  I absolutely loved this story that is about one of my favorite subjects – the circus.  Mr. Piccadilly is the ringmaster of the circus troupe that includes a lion, bear, acrobats, tigers, etc.  One day, Mr. Piccadilly wasn’t feeling well and he couldn’t perform so they had to do the show without him.  Each of the animals and performers wanted to have this important job of being the ringmaster but who should do the job for the night?  Each person thought they should be the ringmaster and showed why their job was the hardest of the bunch.  For example, the dancing bear on the striped ball announces to all listening that HIS job was the most difficult!

The illustrations are so wonderful and really add to this fun story! There are several quite silly pages where I am sure you will be laughing along with your little one!  Like when Mr. Piccadilly is in his carriage house and blows his nose – and proceeds to blow all the entertainers off the page.  Very fun! And there are several interactive features such as the page where you can touch each of the animals and performers and they have the “honor” of wearing the ringmasters top  hat and outfit.  This really is a delightful storybook app with some amazing illustrations.  The style of illustrating and quality of the story makes Piccadilly’s Circus to my Top Apps list.  I think you will really enjoy this story as much as the kids do.

Highly Recommended.

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This review originally appeared on October 3, 2012 in the blog, MelissaNorthway.com. This blog was founded by Melissa Northway, an author who created her first book app, Penelope the Purple Pirate, in 2011. Her site provides app and book reviews as well as featuring individuals, companies and products in the tech & book industry.

Melissa is not only a children's picture book author, but she's also a mom and voted as a 2013 Circle of Moms' Top 25 Tech Moms.  She also provide reviews on her fabulous lifestyle website www.dandelionmoms.com.


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March 10, 2013

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Ink Robin/Adam Larkum

Ink Robin, Inc

Length (time):
8 - 12 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: Yes

Age: 4 - 8

English •

Length (pages):
18 Pages


Story Synopsis - Piccadilly's Circus

What happens when a circus troupe decide to swap acts for one night? Piccadilly’s Circus is a hilarious, interactive story about a circus troupe who argue about whose act is the most impressive. Nothing goes quite to plan when they all decide to swap acts. Help the clowns try out fire-breathing, fire dancing dogs from the cannon and help the elephant try to cross the tightrope. A silly, fun-filled story for kids aged 3-8 (and all those young at heart), this book will charm and entertain you on every page. [Description via iTunes]


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Read to Me, Read Myself, Credits, Links to: Web, AppStore

App Release Date:


Size: 481.1 MB

Version: 2.0

Lite Version Available: No



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