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)