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VICTOR WANTS TO PLAY by Mark van Overveld


by Mark van Overveld & illustrated by Tristan Bronkhorst & developed by Verge

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: Dec. 6th, 2012
Publisher: Verge

A sweet, if a bit slight, friendship story with good design elements.

Poor Victor the bat is sad and a bit lonely as he searches for friends to play with him in the middle of the night. After he’s rejected time and again by all the animals he meets, Victor finally returns home to his dark attic disappointed and tearful, only to meet a big spider who’s happy to find a new friend. Young readers will enjoy the repetition in the story, as Victor asks one animal after the other to play, and they will also relish being smarter than Victor, who asks a scarecrow and a statue of a horse to play, as well as live animals. The cartoonish illustrations are colorful and friendly, offsetting the necessarily dark palette. Easy to navigate, this app is appropriately designed for young readers. The soothing narration is well-paced and fits the story well. The interactive features are restrained, with only one or two elements per page, yet they are entertaining and take just the right amount of discovery. The story is a bit lengthy for young toddlers, and kindergartners may find the ending a bit abrupt, limiting its audience.

Clean design and predictable story make this an enjoyable app to share with preschoolers. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)