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LUCY GRACE by Julia Walton

LUCY GRACE

Rotten

by Julia Walton, illustrated by Mai Kemble, developed by Kayu Media

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Feb. 18th, 2014
Publisher: Kayu Interactive

If only life were as simple as this.

Lucy Grace throws tantrums left and right, breaking her toys, drawing on the walls and shredding her books. “Her mom and dad, though quite displeased, never punished Lucy Grace. / They argued that they couldn’t stand to see her crying face.” So it is no surprise that Lucy Grace turns into a monster, a spoiled brat with green teeth and wild hair. With unsatisfying simplicity, Lucy Grace’s parents turn the situation around by simply showing her how to make her bed. They do not “let her whine or pout,” and voilà: “She changed the way she acted!” Really? This story lacks the humor of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, but it also lacks the understanding that good relationships take hard work on all sides. Digital artwork adds humor, and simple interactive elements engage young readers without distracting them. The tenor of the narration is pleasing, but the sound effects occasionally overlap and overshadow the narration. The rhythm and rhyme are generally pleasing, and young readers will appreciate the pacing of the text and narration.

Although the individual elements of this app work well, the story bangs children over the head with its message: Behave or else you’ll turn into a spoiled brat. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)