Touch screens will definitely need a wiping off in the wake of this serene and wordless but seldom dull sea voyage.
As Pachelbel’s Canon in D tinkles in the background, the rotund, titular bumblebee and “boyCat,” a smaller feline sidekick, ride a tandem bike down to the dock, board a ship and steam off for encounters with Nessie (in a fetching tartan tam), an inquisitive whale, and also fish, birds, a treasure chest and a number of other small surprises. All are hidden behind rows of nearly transparent tiles that disappear with a touch. Though in some scenes the ship just glides past with minimal interaction, usually most of the very simply drawn figures will also twitch, hop, squeak, flash into view or (in the case of the ship’s captain) salute when tapped. The cruise ends on a sunny tropical beach, with Big Bee and boyCat lounging on blankets. There is no “home” button nor any way to turn off the music, but arrows on each screen allow viewers to page back and forth easily enough.
Smooth sailing, with rewards aplenty for tap-happy younger travelers. (iPad storybook app. 2-3)