FUN WITH COLORS by Bastei Lubbe


Learn Color Names and Draw
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Age Range: 2 - 5
Available on the App Store
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A monochromatic story about elementary color theory.

Let’s face it: The demographic this app aims to reach will probably not pay close attention to the storyline. But that’s no excuse for sloppy storytelling. The basic gist of the narrative is that mixing primary colors fills out the hues in the rainbow. But readers learn this by witnessing some meaningless arguments among colors, squabbles that do very little to move the story forward in any coherent or stimulating way. For example, Red and Yellow are fighting because Red claims that Yellow is related to Orange. But there’s never any explanation of why that accusation might be so intensely offensive to Yellow. There are also inconsistencies between the text and the illustrations. In one scene, the text says that White, Black and Blue are standing behind a door. But when it opens, White, who is standing alone, steps inside and the door subsequently shuts without a trace of the other two colors. Where did they go? Have they run off together to adorn a bruise? The app is navigationally functional, but touching and tapping yield very little interactive payoff. There are two bonus features: a drawing workspace and a color-matching game whereby kids must pair a tint to a specific object.

No flying colors here. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-5)


Pub Date: Nov. 24th, 2013
Publisher: Bastei Luebbe GmbH & Co. KG
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2014