In this charming fairy tale from Ever After Tales, we learn how Sasquatch (Big Foot) came into existence. It all begins with a play-like experience as the curtains rise on Act 1 (of 3). A young boy named Rupert stars in this this sweet tale alongside an adorable sock puppet named Mr. Stinky. Rupert’s mother sends him on an adventure to forage for food, along with a protective magic ring that can call a fairy godmother (or a witch if rubbed the wrong way!). Both appear along the route, with an ending that has a bear turning from scary to silly until finally he becomes a creature altogether new with a surprise twist that only the title gives away.
Featuring kid-pleasing characters and tongue-in-cheek jokes for the older crowd reading-along (like the mom’s over-protectiveness that Rupert refers to as Empty Nest Syndrome), this title keeps readers of all ages in mind. The short but well paced storyline, alongside animation and delightful cartoon-style graphics, are sure to enchant young readers and listeners.
Interactive elements are present, even in read myself mode. These story-related sound effects can easily be turned off in the settings, though, for truly silent reading. English narration is in a crisp British accent, with separate voice-overs for individual characters, including Rupert who speaks with a slight stutter. There is no highlighting of the words, but the text is in a large, easy-to-read font that appears at the bottom of each page with the page turn arrows. Other settings include sound and text controls, a nice page guide and home button for easy navigation. Language options include Greek, Spanish and English, all available in-app with narration.
Two games and a drawing contest are included in addition to the storybook within this app. There is a simple puzzle game with 6, 12 and 20 piece versions of several scenes from the book. A few coloring pages are also included in the 2nd ‘game’, alongside a blank page for creative expression. The final extra is an invitation to post hand-drawn artwork, based on the characters in the story, to the company’s facebook page (Note: A very simple ‘parental gate’ links to Facebook that requires fluent reading of numbers).
Overall this is a very fun digital read for the picture book audience and their parents/caregivers. The engaging storyline will please even picky adult readers with its humor while kid-friendly illustrations and animation enchant the younger listener.
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