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Mr. Pinkerton

January 28, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Mr. Pinkerton is a very fat pig that really wants to go on a walk.  But the gate in the barn is too small for him to squeeze through.  Overnight, a storm destroys the barn and the next day, Mr. Pinkerton gets to go outside.  When he returns from his walk, a new barn has been built with NO gate this time.  Mr. Pinkerton is very happy.  I'm not sure if the best solution to being fat is to remove the doors on your home, but this is a whimsical story that my son enjoyed reading. 

The book has an interesting feature I haven't seen in an iPad book before, a sleep mode.  Tap on it and the book automatically goes dark and begins telling the story with audio only.  This could be a nice feature, although I have never considered this idea before.  My son & I listened to it and enjoyed the story on auto-play without any pictures, although I did have to insist we try this feature against his protests. I'm not sure many kids who have played with iPad books will be satisfied with the screen going dark, but parents may like this feature a lot.

This book has a tiny bit of animation, nothing to 'wow' readers, but more of a subtle touch here or there to add to the story (like tear drops from Mr. Pinkerton or a cloud blowing from the sky over the barn at night).  There are also a few scenes with motion based interactions, where tilting the iPad can make the spider, for instance, swing back and forth.

The response to moving the iPad didn't feel as natural as other books I've reviewed with motion controls, possibly because the response seemed too slow.  It just wasn't fun to play with even though it seemed like a neat idea. The iPad is also a bit too heavy for a young child to really give it much motion.  One interaction I really did like, though, was a scene with apples flying around.  If you tap on them or flick them, they fly in different directions, spinning around the screen.

The book's visual style took me a little time to get used to.  It is comprised of mainly geometric shapes and a few scenes were visually difficult for me to make out, particularly one where the mouse was sleeping on top of the horse.  The graphics are bright and cheerful, though, and will appeal to kids.  The story is also cute and well narrated.  Overall this is a storybook that kids will enjoy.  It would also be appropriate for kids to read to themselves.


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Mr. Pinkerton

January 28, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Emantras Inc

Length (time):
4 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: Yes

Age: 3 - 8

English •

Length (pages):
27 Pages


Story Synopsis - Mr. Pinkerton

Mr. Pinkerton is a very fat pig that dreams of going on a walk in the sunshine, rolling in the mud and eating apples from the orchard.  But he can only imagine these things in daydreams because he is too fat to get through the gate.  Then one night a storm comes (although all the animals sleep through it) and destroys the barn around the sleeping animals.  When he wakes up, Mr. Pinkerton is able to finally go on his walk and it is splendid.  He basks in the sun, plays in the mud and eats apples.  When he returns, a brand new barn has been built without any gate at all.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad


Sleep Mode (audio only), Narration On/Off

App Release Date:


Size: 15.4 MB

Version: 1.0

Lite Version Available: No



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