Voiced in rhymed couplets with a conscious tip of the hat to Seuss and Silverstein, this adaptation of the recently published book adds even more elements to an already overstuffed story--with unexpectedly good results.
The interactive features merge well with Hargis' comedic illustrations and serve to create an opportunity for the reader to slow down and enjoy the silliness in 8-year-old Billy's otherwise frenetic show-and-tell presentation. Games embedded in the app allow readers to try out some of his career choices, like snail trainer and gorilla masseuse. Tarantula shaving is by far the best of the three currently available games (two more are "coming soon"). Many of the interactions don't work easily, and some technical fixes are a must. Kids can make Billy chase the spotlight around the room or tap Mrs. Krupp to make bugs fly out of her hair. They can even write their name on a paper fish, tape it to the wall and see it appear throughout the rest of the book.
Fans will love that Mr. Yankovic himself provides the optional narration and all sound effects (including all gorilla grunts and snail cheers), injecting just a bit of the "Weird" that is missing from the print version back into the mix. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)