LITTLE FRIGGLEPANTS BUILDS A ROCKET SHIP by Melissa Smith

LITTLE FRIGGLEPANTS BUILDS A ROCKET SHIP

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Age Range: 3 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

An amateurish digital picture book presents some homemade charm.

Frigglepants is "[b]ored as a banana. Bored as a BUMP," so he creates a spaceship made of pots and pans and duct tape.  Mom isn't paying much attention to Frigglepants, because Baby is up to mischief, washing clothes in the toilet and cleaning the couch with bananas. When Frigglepants and Baby blast off into outer space, they have a brief encounter with some aliens and run low on fuel, but, of course, they make it back home in one piece. The ending is so abrupt that readers will be left wondering if there are virtual pages missing. There are hidden pictures to find, the pages feature some movement and many objects respond to touch with basic movement and sound effects. The only navigation is basic page-forward and page-backward. The writing is unpolished and childlike, which works well sometimes but is painfully awkward at others: "We did it Baby, give me five! WE ROCK!!! / Like a nice, fuzzy sock." There is not much to the plot, and the clipart-style illustrations are merely serviceable, but the whole experience is saved by the charming, sweet voices of the children's narration. 

The unpretentious illustrations, the silliness of the story and cute voices of the young narrators may appeal to preschoolers. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)


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Pub Date: June 30th, 2011
Publisher: Homemade Preschool
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2011




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