A valuable interactive lesson with memorable characters. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)

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WINCE - DON'T FEED THE WORRYBUG

This playful, multisensory installment in the WorryWoo Monster series teaches children to show their worries to the door.

When Wince, the monster of worry, begins fretting about his unfinished homework, whether he left the light on at home or just about anything else, he is visited by the incessantly buzzing WorryBug. With a voracious appetite sated only by munching on Wince’s worries, the WorryBug nags Wince to continue feeding him until Wince is incapacitated and the WorryBug has swelled to epic proportions. Finally, a trip to the library distracts Wince, and he is able to quell his worries, shrinking the WorryBug to a manageable size. Vibrant watercolor illustrations with Seuss-ian linework coupled with amusing audio effects, such as the gravelly but endearing voice of the WorryBug, and an ongoing sense of movement on each page compensate for the sometimes weak rhyming text. Although this app takes advantage of many forms of interactivity, such as the opportunity for users to record a worry and have it gobbled up by the WorryBug, it has a tendency to crash, especially when pausing on a screen for an extended period.

A valuable interactive lesson with memorable characters. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)

Pub Date: Dec. 6, 2012

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: iMagine Machine

Review Posted Online: Jan. 7, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2013

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Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles.

THE DINKY DONKEY

Even more alliterative hanky-panky from the creators of The Wonky Donkey (2010).

Operating on the principle (valid, here) that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, Smith and Cowley give their wildly popular Wonky Donkey a daughter—who, being “cute and small,” was a “dinky donkey”; having “beautiful long eyelashes” she was in consequence a “blinky dinky donkey”; and so on…and on…and on until the cumulative chorus sails past silly and ludicrous to irresistibly hysterical: “She was a stinky funky plinky-plonky winky-tinky,” etc. The repeating “Hee Haw!” chorus hardly suggests what any audience’s escalating response will be. In the illustrations the daughter sports her parent’s big, shiny eyes and winsome grin while posing in a multicolored mohawk next to a rustic boombox (“She was a punky blinky”), painting her hooves pink, crossing her rear legs to signal a need to pee (“winky-tinky inky-pinky”), demonstrating her smelliness with the help of a histrionic hummingbird, and finally cozying up to her proud, evidently single parent (there’s no sign of another) for a closing cuddle.

Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-60083-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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JOHNNY APPLESEED

Though she never says outright that he was a real person, Kurtz introduces newly emergent readers to the historical John Chapman, walking along the Ohio, planting apple seeds, and bartering seedlings to settlers for food and clothing. Haverfield supplies the legendary portions of his tale, with views of a smiling, stylishly ragged, clean-shaven young man, pot on head, wildlife on shoulder or trailing along behind. Kurtz caps her short, rhythmic text with an invitation to “Clap your hands for Johnny Chapman. / Clap your hands for Johnny Appleseed!” An appealing way to open discussions of our country’s historical or legendary past. (Easy reader/nonfiction. 5-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2004

ISBN: 0-689-85958-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Aladdin

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2004

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