Peter and Peril, two little monster siblings from the charming storybook app Monster Morning (2013), return for a family holiday overseas.
“A holiday is a special time/ to relax, have fun and play. / To travel somewhere different,/ be it close or far away.” The Monsterssori family has decided to head to the beach, and there are many things they have to do before they get there. This sweet story takes preschoolers through each step of going on a holiday: deciding what to pack, going to the airport, getting to the beach and making friends. Like many children, Peril is feeling “slightly nervous; / it’s her first time on a plane.” Just as she feels better with her monster mom’s reassurance, young readers will gain confidence in reading about the different aspects of travel. The digital cartoon illustrations have a goofy appeal, with their googly-eyed monsters, bright colors and many patterns. The rhyming text is pleasant, though it has occasional trouble with the scansion. The interactive features are limited, with an overreliance on arbitrarily bouncing, twirling figures, but they keep with the pleasant tone of the story.
A sweet story that can help little monsters know what to expect when traveling for a holiday. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)