App of the Week: The Prisoner of Carrot Castle

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  Teaching kids the importance of eating quality foods is something I am quite passionate about.  One of the reasons I decided to get my masters in nutrition was because I wanted to know how best to take care of myself and my family as I truy believe that healthy foods are key to good health.  So when I came across Chris Pedersen's app The Prisoner of Carrot Castle - I was sold as it teaches kids how to eat healthy in a fun way. Ms. Pedersen does a great job teaching little ones the importance of healthy foods set in a magical world and Kate Jeong has done a wonderful job at illustrating this gorgeous and fun story.   I had a chance to speak to Chris Pedersen about her company, Purple Carrot Books, and her fun storybook app The Prisoner of Carrot Castle.    Tell us how Purple Carrot Books came about? While The Prisoner of Carrot Castle was in development as an app, I decided to … [Read more...]

Book of the Week: The Witch With No Name

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My good friends know that I absolutely LOVE Halloween so a good witch or goblins story is always a favorite around here!  Developer Slim Cricket of France has put out an adorable 3D  iBook called The Witch With No Name.  The quality of the graphics and animation are top rank and it reminds me a bit of Cinderella and The Three Little Pigs by Nosy Crow - it is that good!  Throughout the story you are able to touch the screen and fun animations and sound effects will keep the whole family entertained.  For example, we come across a  ghost hanging from the clothes line.  When you touch him, he says "Boooo" and disappears.  This is just one of the silly characters that show up from time to time throughout the story.  There are over 25 interactive pages, 7 games, and interactive ending and a huge surprise in store at the end of the story. We watch the nameless witch and Batina, her faithful … [Read more...]

App of the Week: The Day I Became A Pirate

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By now most of you know I have a thing for pirates!  So when I saw this fun app in the App Store a few months back I immediately welcomed our newest mate to the high seas.  Cary Snowden wrote The Day I Became A Pirate after a long walk along the shores in Hawaii with his children.  Zach Clough does a wonderful job with the illustrations and I just love the way the pirates talk in the app.  Very fun!  It reached the Top 10 Paid Apps in iTunes and was chosen as a 2012 Award Finalist by Dan Poynter Global eBooks.  This will surely be a popular addition for the pirate-loving kid!  Here is an  excerpt from their website: The Day I Became A Pirate – An Interactive Pirate Book App for Kids is an interactive adventure book app about a boy who encounters a band of pirates, and they need his help to save a crew member. He bravely assists as things get gooey and downright fright’nin before he … [Read more...]

App of the Week

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  This week we are featuring a fun app from PicPocket Books called Super Harry’s Rotten Luck.  This is a fun app and demonstrates to kids how some days are just not fun.  It reminds me a little of the classic book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Luck by Judith Viorst.  Super Harry’s Rotten Luck shows kids that by changing one’s actions can change your luck! Plus Nina Lim, the author, has provided us a wonderful giveaway that includes goodies from Down Under – so check back on Monday to enter to win! Here are some excerpts of the app from the author, Nina Lim website: Have you ever had a day – or a WEEK – of rotten luck? Harry can’t believe how one boy could have so much rotten luck. So he decides to do something about it…with surprising results. Super Harry’s Rotten Luck is a funny and uplifting tale about how changing your actions can change … [Read more...]

App of the Week: Rhyme-n-Time with Jane and Blayne

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Rhyme-n-Time with Jane and Blayne This is a fun and educational app that helps teach little ones how to match words that rhyme.  My five year old was able to pick which words would rhyme by looking at the picture and understanding what the word meant.  It was a fun exercise for her to practice how to recognize words that rhyme and she really enjoyed it.  That is always the best way to learn -  having fun! Here is an excerpt from their website about the app: An educational app that focuses on, as you might guess, rhyming. Your child will have to find words that rhyme and words that do not in a fun format. There is also a wonderful rhyming story that goes along with the game. You can keep track of how your child is doing on a stats screen we provide. It shows you how many questions were answered correctly on the first, second and third tries. This app will not only teach your … [Read more...]

App of the Week: Little Critters Just A Mess by Oceanhouse Media

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Oceanhouse Media has such a wonderful selection of storybook apps.  My five year old and I have really enjoyed their Dr. Seuss apps, Little Critters apps and many more.  They have just launched Just A Mess of  the Little Critters series and it is adorable. Here is an excerpt taken from their website: Little Critter's search for his baseball mitt leads him to the doorway of his bedroom which is "just a mess." Little Critter's unique attempts at cleaning, accompanied with humorous illustrations, will leave parents and children laughing and wondering if he will ever find his baseball mitt. Mercer Mayer's Little Critter stories, which address all the major issues of growing up, are perennial favorites of parents and children. We enjoy Mercer Mayer's Little Critter stories and love how they address issues that pertain to kids and parents!  They will be offering this app for only $.99 … [Read more...]

App of the Week: Sight Words & Spelling with Pixopop by Marcel Widarto

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I really enjoyed reviewing this app and it is one that my five year old keeps going back to.  Marcel Widarto makes learning how to read and spell fun and educational.  One of the nice features of this app is that you can create your own list of words if your child needs to learn certain words for class.  You can read more of my review here. And make sure to subscribe to our newsletter as Marcel has provided us with some codes to hand out this week! … [Read more...]