THE PARTY THIEF by Mikael Ali  Larsson

THE PARTY THIEF

From the "Liam & the Fifflers" series
by , illustrated by , developed by
Age Range: 3 - 6
BUY NOW FROM
Available on the App Store

KIRKUS REVIEW

A slapdash digital mini-mystery lacks a visible text or even relevant interactive effects.

Translated from Swedish, the audio-only narrative sends dark-skinned young Liam, a shmoo-shaped friend and a gang of wormlike little “Fifflers” on the hunt for birthday-party fixings that have disappeared overnight. The party is only delayed a little, though, because, by following a wandering trail of tiny black footprints, they eventually discover that the thief was the intended guest of honor. Done in a cartoon style strongly reminiscent of Annette Tison and Talus Taylor’s Barbapapa tales, the 16 manually advanced scenes feature lots of tiny creatures and details. A select few of the latter will respond to taps with a small random movement or noise that bears no relationship to the story’s events. As another sign that the creators haven’t thought things through, a large button visible on every screen silences the narration, which, though read so fast it's hard to understand, at least makes the plot possible to follow.

Tap-happy toddlers may enjoy working the sound effects, but even they will likely lose interest after a few moments. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)


Screenshots

Pub Date: Jan. 19th, 2012
Publisher: Acne Production
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2012




SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTAIL TOES EYES EARS NOSE by Marilee Robin Burton
by Marilee Robin Burton
ChildrenSCRUFFY KITTY by Michael Slack
by Michael Slack
ChildrenTHE BIRTHDAY by Sylvia van Ommen
by Sylvia van Ommen