This boy-robot friendship story, while missing a few nuts and bolts, runs on bigger ideas: imagination, creativity, determination and hope.
Clever Erik decides to create "the best friend ever," so he builds a robot from scratch. Erik and Gidget are inseparable and go on great adventures until Gidget blows a gasket. Eric is sad that his friend is broken, but he never gives up hope, sets out to fix him and does just that. The illustrations are colorful and well-conceived, with few distractions from the story itself. Simple navigational arrows for turning pages make it easy for parents to find their way. And most of the sound effects—when Erik and Gidget fly around the moon, when Gidget breaks down and when Erik welds his robot back together—give the story imaginative depth. On the down side, the rhyme scheme is stilted at best, which is reinforced by the narrator’s ponderous delivery; choose the read-it-myself mode. The interactivity level is low compared to other apps for this age group, but there’s at least something worth tapping. Moreover, it misses opportunities to extend the story with activities like a build-your-own-robot page or develop other characters, such as Gwen and the purple monster, the "criminals" that Erik and Gidget apprehend.
Nevertheless, it is worth tinkering around in, if mostly for the praiseworthy character of its protagonist. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)