A bright blue bird becomes lost in New York City after chasing a wayward balloon.
Jerry the budgie and his two best friends—a boy and a dog—play together every day. When a gust of wind steals their balloon, Jerry sets out to retrieve it. But eventually, he loses track of the balloon, as well as his whereabouts. The rest of the book finds Jerry wandering through the neighborhoods of Manhattan, where he encounters hipster possums, chess-playing cockroaches and foxes who are graffiti artists, among others. The graphics are photo/cartoon hybrids along the lines of the Knuffle Bunny books, with drawings superimposed over snapshots of various New York landmarks. Unfortunately, the pizzazz stops with the illustrations. Though the narrator injects some vocal dynamics into the reading, both the story and the delivery have a bit of a monotonous feel. Whether “Read it to me” or “Read it myself” is selected, visual text must be prompted on every page by tapping the “T” icon at the top of the screen. There’s interaction on every page, but nothing stands out as particularly remarkable; squirrels scamper; raccoons dine; chipmunks cycle. The index is a map of Manhattan that shows where Jerry encounters each creature and takes readers to those places in the app.
Not quite up to par with Ink Robin’s previous offerings: simultaneously solid and stolid. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-6)