An interactive introduction to a motley crew of mischievous monsters whose titular mayhem lands a young girl in trouble with her mum.
Whether it is doors slamming, a messy wardrobe or bath water splashed on the floor, this app’s young heroine gets the blame. She tries to explain it’s a monster behind the ruckus and that she’s doing her best to subdue them. Each monster is playfully depicted over two to three screens that highlight its idiosyncrasies. These range from goofy, such as the Scrap-adap-adocus, who loves leftover food, to the borderline inappropriate monster that “loves to expose what’s under his clothes” (lots of flab but nothing more). Users can select one of two female, British-accented narrators, a young girl and an older woman, for this rhyming text, which stretches thin at points but avoids any noticeable holes. Interactivity abounds with tappable elements and silly sound effects waiting to be discovered. There is a lengthy loading time between each screen, which is tiresome and affects navigation; it’s hard to fast-forward past a monster or return to a favorite. A game runs throughout the app, challenging users to find 20 hidden minimonsters; finding them all unlocks a bonus (particularly difficult) puzzle activity.
Slight but fun enough. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)