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The Witch and the Christmas Spirit

The Witch and the Christmas Spirit
by Slim Cricket

Price: free
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Lite or Demo version
iPhone

Overall Score: 66/100

version reviewed: 3.0.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Thinking & problem solving

What it is: an interactive book (about 22 pages/scenes long) with extra activities.

What you do with it: read the book or listen to the narration. Tap characters/objects for interactions. Complete mini-games (arcade, arithmetic, alphabet, observation) as a part of the story.

What we liked: the story. Beautiful, vibrant illustrations and animations. Interactions and puzzles complementing the storyline. Humor and fun factor. Narration and voice acting. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Lot's of tiny fun details. 3 difficulty levels for different skill/age groups. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: no word highlighting.

Please note: the overall score and ratings are based on the full (unlocked) version of the book. The free version will let you view 6 books and play one game.

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Moo Said Morris

Moo Said Morris
by Digital Leaf

Price: 1.99$ (was 2.99$)
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iPad

Overall Score: 64/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Interaction, Language, Personal & social
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What it is/what you do with it: an interactive book (about 14 pages/scenes long) with extra activity.

Listen to the narration, tap objects/characters for simple interactions. Find 14 pieces of cheese to unlock the option to record your own fun sounds.

What we liked: the story. Great illustrations and animations. Simple interactions complementing the storyline. Humor and fun factor. Ease of use. Word highlighting. Sounds and sound backgrounds.

What we didn't like: we wish the app was more responsive. No proper 'read by myself' mode. The 'find the cheese' activity may be too challenging for some kids.

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Mama Mae: Mookey by Alicia Keys

Mama Mae: Mookey by Alicia Keys
by Bento Box Interactive, LLC

Price: free
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May contain in-app purchases
iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 62/100

version reviewed: 1.1.2

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Interaction, Personal & social, Understanding of the world

What it is and what you do with it: an interactive storybook (about 22 pages/scenes long) with extra musical activity.

Follow the story, tap the characters for extra interactions.

What we liked: the story. Great 3D illustrations and animations. Interactions complementing the storyline. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Professional narration. Good reading features (text highlighting, page selector). Ease of use. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the app could be more responsive.

Note about in-app purchases: our review and ratings are based on the full (unlocked) version of the story.

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