Two siblings travel in their rocket ship to find a dog star in this sleepy, sweet adventure.
Big sister Laura believes there’s a special star for everyone, so she and little brother Tommy build a rocket ship and set off in search of a dog star, the special star for Tommy’s toy “protect-me dog.” Of course, their journey to the stars doesn’t actually begin until the two fall asleep, but within moments of shut-eye, they’re in outer space, discovering where all the lost socks, Lego blocks, candy and pencils wind up. Along the journey—illustrated in textured watercolors—preschoolers may discover over 80 animations or tappable elements, along with three interactive games: a navigation game, a sock-matching game and a whack-an-alien game. When the siblings finally reach the dog star, they jump from bone to bone, giving little ones the opportunity to tap the bones and create music, all the while lulled by a sleepy-time soundtrack. Parents will appreciate the nocturnal aid, along with three language choices and a page index, but there is no pre-reading word-association here (no text at all), and Baumgart’s narrative teeters on the edge of yawn at times, which doesn’t bode well for bedtime-favorite status.
Still, this bedtime adventure is worth the trip, if mostly for the sentimental “siblings in space” journey. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-6)