All the green-cheese riches of the moon are not enough when compared to the value of a friend.
As the sole proprietor of the moon, Gizmo has it made. He’s got all the green cheese he can eat, a gigantic moon estate with a pool, a movie theater, a space cart to get around in and a big safe in which to keep all his cheese assets. Wondering why something seems missing, Gizmo packs his PJs and hops a ride on a space shuttle back to Earth in search of blue cheese. With a clever mix of cartoon-style and textured realism in the illustrations, along with embedded 3-D animation, the app makes Technicolor amends for its predictable plot and other shortfalls. There are 13 interactive activities for readers, but they must tap for luck until they find them, as there are no hints, and sound effects are a bit off. For example, the tale opens with a sleepy tune, not conducive to reading, a strange ocean-wave–like sound accompanies many pages, and a plethora of necessary sound effects simply don’t exist: There are no sounds of the city when Gizmo arrives in New York, for instance. Still, Gizmo’s space flight (to Strauss, à la 2001: A Space Odyssey) is mesmerizing. The vibrations of the spaceship in flight can be “felt” by the reader, which is thrilling.
These and other curds considered, it’s still a worthwhile trip. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)