The Monster at the End of This Book by Sesame Workshop Apps

This animated re-imagining of a classic Sesame Street book will enchant parents & kids for many re-readings. It may not be a good bedtime choice, but for any other time of day, this one will be a hit. Grover's attempts to keep the reader from turning the pages are even more delightful and amusing in animated form, especially with the chance to interact by touching the screen to undo the brick wall, boards, knots and other tricks he tries to keep the pages from turning. 

There is, however, still no way to simply read the book. The words do highlight as Grover speaks them, though, which is a nice feature for young readers. I just wouldn't suggest giving up your print copy anytime Read more …

Elmo Loves You! by StoryToys Entertainment Limited

I'm the parent of a nearly 2-year-old, and Elmo is right in my wheelhouse. The new app Elmo Loves You is a Top Pick for this mom. Its interactive features and pop-up book format make this an app that keeps our youngest readers completely engaged. Elmo Loves You by StoryToys follows in the footsteps of its predecessor apps like There's a Monster at the End of This Book. Based on the board book with the same name, this childhood favorite is an outstanding example of an interactive book.

Geared towards children ages 2 to 4, the book capitalizes on the impulsivity of small children. Simply tapping on anything in the book elicits a sound Read more …

The Great Cookie Thief... A Sesame Street App Starring Cookie Monster by Callaway Digital Arts Inc.

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Another Monster at the End of This Book...Starring Grover & Elmo! by Sesame Workshop Apps

This is one sequel that is as fun as the original. The Monster at the End of This Book is a childhood classic, originally published in 1971. This title came out in 2000 in print, telling a similar story. This time we have not only Grover, but now Elmo too, speaking directly to the reader about 'the monster' at the end of this book. Elmo is excited to get to the end, but Grover is still wary (he's forgotten his embarassment from the earlier title, apparently).

This is a stunning title for animations and engagement of the reader in the story. The story literally won't move forward without the child tapping to destroy the barriers Grover puts up trying to prevent the turning of each page. The Read more …

Elmo’s Big Birthday Bash! – A Sesame Street Step Into Reading App by Random House Digital, Inc.

Elmo's Birthday Bash is a fun app with a few areas for improvement to live up to expectations of educational enhancement worthy of the Sesame Street label. It has a story that isn't riveting but does provide for an "early reader" quite well with simple text that highlights as narrated by Bob McGrath, an original cast member in his 43rd season on the show. Fun games are also included that let kids match beginning letter sounds and rhyming words. These games can be included in the story or excluded in the apps ample settings.

These settings include a page guide, easy self-recording options and other solid ways to navigate and set-up the app. Arrows are present to turn the page forward, Read more …