This supersweet multilingual storybook app aims to help young children adjust emotionally to their parents’ divorce.
Little Gub’s parents were very much in love when they had a baby. “But after a while mom and dad stopped loving each other as a couple. It was nobody’s fault—nor was it Little Gub’s.” In what is now a familiar situation for many children, Little Gub spends part of his time with each parent and misses the other one when they aren’t together. When Dad misses Little Gub, he gets a “sore spot in his heart. / Then Dad remembered that he just missed Little Gub because he loved him so very much. Then the sore spot turned big, soft and warm again.” Readers may listen and read in Spanish, English and Danish. The illustrations are sweet and cheery, if bland, the narration is reassuring, and the background music is soothing. The story flows smoothly, but it lacks depth. Picture books such as Nancy Coffelt and Tricia Tusa’s Fred Stays with Me! (2006) tackle the issue with both more art and more specificity, creating an engaging story for children. Little Gub’s tale, on the other hand, comes across as purpose-driven instead of story-driven.
This well-intentioned storybook app does not measure up. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)