App of the Week: Brush of Truth

The Brush of Truth storybook app, written by Julie Landry Laviolette, is quite delightful and full of wonderful adventures for children ages 8-12 years of age. The story allows the reader to choose different paths you would take in the story and has 65 decision points that offers 20 different endings.

The story places you and your sister, Erin, at a beach where you discover a magical paintbrush that once belonged to a medieval sorcerer. I bet you are intrigued now! As you uncover the magical powers of the paintbrush, you encounter a sea goddess, explore along the ocean floor and even get trapped in a sand castle. Middle-grade children will love the chance to chose different paths for the story and will keep coming back to try-out different story-lines to see what will happen! I know I went back several times to see where the story would progress. It is full of magic, adventure and mysterious characters.

One of the things I liked about Brush of Truth is that the first page explains how the process works, provides a book summary, as well as provides a reward if you are able to find all of the 20 endings.  It was named the 2012 Media of the Year winner in Interactive books apps by Creative Child Magazine, and a “Recommended iPad Book App for Older and Reluctant Readers Ages” by Digital Storytime.  I think this is the perfect story for reluctant readers because there is so much going on you get taken in by the story. 

This is a winner in my book and will become a popular app for your child.  Suited best for grades 3-6. The story is interesting and you are intrigued by the fact that you can determine how you would like the story to end.  Brush of Truth also provides free downloadable lesson plans that are aligned with Common Core State Standards and can be found at

It is available on iTunes, Kindle Fire, Android and Windows 7 devices. 

Julie Landry Laviolette, the author and creator of Brush of Truth, has provided Penelope’s mates with some codes so make sure to check out our next newsletter!

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