More activity app than storybook, the spectacle under this big top is left up to a monstrous crew.
All kinds of interactive excitement ensues as curious monsters of all shapes and sizes—in colorful, hand-illustrated detail—roll out the barrel of circus fun. Spurred on by a kazoo-and-trombone introduction, young ones can either enter the circus to check out the talent or create their own monsters from swipeable choices of monster heads, bodies and legs. Hairy ones, fishlike ones, all with googly eyes (or eye), wearing circus stripes...the combinations are quite funny, if bizarre. Once inside the big top, the monsters continue to entertain as readers help them juggle, fire themselves out of cannons, lift weights, pull rabbits out of hats, balance on tight ropes and saw another monster in two. They can also teleport, balance balls on plates (a rather unrewarding interaction), act as an electrical circuit and float through the air. It’s all conveyed in retro-scratchy illustrations with vaudeville-poster display type and flamboyant circus music that add to the fun.
Despite a few minor technical glitches, this monster circus is worth the ticket price. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)