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The Lonely Beast 123

February 26, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Lovely and unique artwork and interactivity for toddlers!

Based on Chris Judge's popular print title, The Lonely Beast, this book app is simple but beautiful and filled with unique interactive elements that will surprise and delight young fingers. In the print title, republished in 2011, a cute 'beast' travels far and wide to find friends so he won't be lonely anymore. Simple illustrations in silhouette and crisp clear text make the original print book and this new app well suited to toddlers and preschoolers.

There are many counting apps and books in the digital market, but this one is especially well-designed artistically, with a different approach to the interactive scene on each of the pages, featuring the numbers 1-12. Children will love the chance to count items by tapping, like two rubber duckies in the tub with the lonely beast. Other scenes involve innovative play, like cracking eggs into a frying pan, watering flowers, eating cakes and counting sheep that jump over the bed (of course). Each scene feels lovingly constructed and features the adorable 'beast' from the original book in so many new situations. Lovers of the print title will not want to miss this one!

Unfortunately, the app does have a couple flaws. First of all, there is no way to navigate the app, except to swipe pages back and forth. There are actually no settings at all. At the end, you can tap a button to return to the beginning, but that's it. A simple home button would be a minimum requirement, in my opinion, but even better would be a thumbnail page guide. The audio sound effects are also wonderful in this app (you could almost use the page with ocean waves as a sound machine), but it would be nice to have on/off settings for sound. Arrow page turning would also be a nice option to add for very young children, who often have difficulty with page swiping in an interactive app. Otherwise this app is beautifully polished in a way that shows off thoughtful design.


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The Lonely Beast 123

February 26, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Chris Judge

James Kelleher

Length (time):
4 - 6 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 2 - 5 +

English •

Length (pages):
12 Pages


Story Synopsis - The Lonely Beast 123

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Count your way around The Lonely Beast’s house!

Every day, the Beast counts everything in his house, from rubber duckies to delicious cakes and shooting stars. Join him as he waters his garden, reads books, cooks eggs and more. It’s a great way to help little beasts learn about the magic of numbers, all the way from 1 to 12.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Start Over from End, Links (parental gate - double-tap): Web (Buy the Book), AppStore (Rate This App)

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Size: 68.65 MB

Version: 1.01

Lite Version Available: No



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