Based on Richard Scarry’s book by the same name, the app is less a story than an interactive game designed to teach children new words while exploring the world around them.
Young readers create, name and dress their own characters—much like such familiar Busytown characters as Mayor Fox, Postman Pig and Miss Honey—then set off to explore with a swipe and a tap of their finger. From the bedroom to the bathroom to the very messy kitchen, there’s a hidden object in each room that, once found, allows the reader to move to another room, discovering even more new words along the way. Look for the boots at the firehouse, the celery at the grocery stand and the swing on the playground, along with new items and new characters every time you return. And don’t miss Goldbug—the Busytown news bug who drives a small yellow van in the books, here sans van—hidden in each room. Advice to parents: Read the Help page for basic navigation information before starting, and keep the feedback option on until children get familiar with the app and how it works.
Simple, rewarding and fun, this print essential for youngsters grows even more rewarding with repeated exploration in this digital upgrade. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)