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BRONTY'S PARTY by Helen Ferry

BRONTY'S PARTY

By Helen Ferry (Author) , Helen Ferry (Illustrator) , Baggy Rabbit (Developer)

Age Range: 2 - 4

Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 2011
Publisher: Baggy Rabbit

Help Bronty Pig open all her bouncy, wobbly, squeaky-wonderful birthday surprises, and discover the best gift of all: friendship.

It’s Bronty’s birthday, and she is blowing up balloons in anticipation of her party. With one knock on the door (notably unmarked by any sound effect), she is surrounded by her Piggledy Island friends, all bearing gifts. From there, Bronty’s Party is one ta-da moment after another, as young readers help Bronty open no fewer than nine surprises. Colorful wrapping hints at what’s inside each box, and all the gifts vary in shape, color and type. Tap the gift boxes, and they open. Tap the gifts, and each one has an appropriate sound effect, enhancing the surprise. Each new gift builds anticipation for the next—all while introducing new colors, shapes and words to capture young learners' imaginations. DoKee, the egg-shaped astronomer, brings something yellow and round and bouncy. Jiffy the skateboarding snail brings something wobbly and orange. And Renaldo frog’s spiky, green gift dances salsa. More pictures than story, this celebration takes flight with or without parental guidance, although curious parents will be intrigued by Bronty’s friends: Who are the Rum Tum Tummys? Are there other root vegetables besides Fennelli the Fennel? And who or what is The Git? Neither illustrations nor animations are particularly polished, but the app has an undeniably big heart.

Overall, this charming picture book offers some skill-building fun that, ultimately, affirms the value of friendship. (iPad storybook app. 2-4)