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BI-BI AT THE PARK by Jessica Ciaffarini


by Jessica Ciaffarini & illustrated by Jessica Ciaffarini & developed by Jessica Ciaffarini

Age Range: 0 - 3

Pub Date: Feb. 16th, 2013
Publisher: Jessica Ciaffarini

Bi-Bi goes to the park. Beginning and end of story.

Bi-Bi, a vaguely clover-shaped, clownlike creature with clunky orange feet, goes to the park, where there are butterflies and squirrels and all sorts of things to do, but Bi-Bi doesn’t really do much of anything within the static, one-dimensional landscape. The app presents more like a student design project or experiment in sound-effect creation than an actual storybook for the toddler set. It’s simply illustrated and offers tappable action, but without any narration options, index or any learning component, simplicity for simplicity’s sake isn’t much of a reward. The most unfortunate part of this trip to the park is the complete lack of a storyline and the clunky narrative. The app begins: “Hello Bi-Bi! We are at the park! So many toys here....There’s even a little snail with us!” and goes downhill. “It’s funny slip down in the red trunk of the elephant!” will set readers to scratching their heads. Taps produce tepid animations and brief bursts of sound, but interactions do nothing to extend the nonstory.

Take your toddlers to Axel Scheffler’s Farm instead. (iPad storybook app. 6 mos.-3)