ICE CREAM MONSTERS by Erik X. Raj

ICE CREAM MONSTERS

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6
BUY NOW FROM
Available on the App Store

KIRKUS REVIEW

One-eyed ice-cream-cone monsters play together on planet Amazing Yummy in this didactic storybook app.

Each page in this app features two ice-cream monsters with different attributes playing together, accompanied by a repetitive explanation: “Some ice cream monsters have cherries and nuts on top of them and some ice cream monsters don’t. Even though these two ice cream monsters are different from one another, they still love to play together.” The opening music is mediocre, the distasteful computer-generated cyclopean cartoon characters frolic about against unappealing forest backgrounds, and the sound effects of kids’ laughter are maniacal and forced. The narration is just awful, with a singsong-y intonation that is as condescending and preachy as the text itself. There is single-page navigation, and the simple interactions mostly focus on changing superficial features of the cones.

Skip the trip to this ice-cream planet, which amply demonstrates that good intentions don't necessarily lead to good art. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)


Screenshots

Pub Date: May 31st, 2012
Publisher: Erik X. Raj
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2012




SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenCOOKIES by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
ChildrenHOW TO LOSE ALL YOUR FRIENDS by Nancy Carlson
by Nancy Carlson