Tuesday, November 29, 2011

App review: Another Monster at the End of This Book

Last night I caught my husband playing with one of the kids' apps on his iPod- Another Monster at the End of This Book. I told him it was an app for the kids, but he insisted on finishing the book any way :) Here's a bit about this app, which has captured the attention of everyone in my family:

This is the sequel to the chart-topping app, The Monster at the End of This Book, which reached #1 in Books in the App Store.

This time, Grover is still fearful of what awaits him at the end of the story -- and finds comical new ways to prevent readers from turning pages. But the ever-curious Elmo slips past him every time -- with the user's help.

Features include word highlighting, hilarious animation with both Grover and Elmo, bookplate personalization so a child can add his name, and research-informed tips to help parents and children explore the story's themes on a deeper level.  
This is a cute little app, and my kids (and my husband and I) have enjoyed reading through it. There are lots of interactive features, as you have to help Elmo get past Grover's attempts to not get to the end of the book and the monster that awaits.  On my iPod, the app has crashed midway through the book most times that we've read it, but on my husband's iPod there was no issue. You can skip to certain pages in the book, which was helpful to me when restarting the app after it crashed.  The pages load a bit slowly, which was a little frustrating to the kids (who do not suffer from an excess of patience), but the graphics, animation and voices of Grover and Elmo are great and make up for the slow loading.  It's not a long book, but it's a fun one and if there's a Sesame Street fan in your house, I think they'll love this app.

Disclosure: I received this app to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.