This amusing buddy app-venture proves that sometimes the road to paradise is paved with trouble.
Relaxing by the river, best pals Zam and Zou, fuzzy, monster-ish creatures, are bored. "Nothing ever happens around here, Zam!" Zou, the polka-dotted one, says, and Zam, in stripes, suggests that a trip to the beach might be just the adventure they need. So they hop in the car and hit the road—through the city, the suburbs, three fields, a village a lake and two forests—only to be thwarted time and again. Young readers will enjoy driving the car by swiping through the scenery on the page. Additional fun includes a puzzle, a labyrinth and problem-solving activities. Help Zam and Zou recover after their crash, escape from jail and choose the right pump for refueling. But there are some potholes along the way. So many great opportunities to make Zam and Zou’s adventure memorable are simply lost for lack of sound reinforcement or interaction. This on-the-road adventure begins and continues on several pages without so much as a peep of sound. And despite its clever characters and unpredictable ending, the storytelling itself tips toward the dull side. Even more disappointing: The text is available in English, French or Spanish, but there is no read-to-me option.
Still, for those with dramatic reading skills, it might be worth the trip. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)