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PUNKY DUNK AND THE GOLD FISH by Moo Goo Media

PUNKY DUNK AND THE GOLD FISH

By Moo Goo Media

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 2011
Publisher: Moo Goo Media

A goldfish-stalking kitty learns to mind his own business in this low-tech, feebly told tale.

Sometimes meter and rhyme coalesce into a unified force that tells an exceptionally creative story. Unfortunately, this narrative isn’t one of them. Throughout the app’s 11 pages, there are several instances where language and rhyme seem to have been commandeered to oblige the rhythm of the verse. "The fish globe round, he reached with a bound / And stood with his paws on the rim / Looking in with an air that was certain to scare / The fishes they looked at him." The “touch and play” features are no more than basic. A ball floats, the kitty and fish sway and occasionally Punky bobs or falls. There is one inventive feature: When bubbles pop they produce an explosion of water droplets, complete with popping sound effects. Old-fashioned–looking illustrations are showcased on a blue background that’s watermarked with stenciled swirls. There’s a stop and play button on each page that controls narration, but voiceover and music can also be switched off entirely. The bonus game is briefly entertaining but altogether unchallenging.

This app isn't a train wreck by any means; just a perfunctory story told without much technological depth or literary imagination. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)