It's certainly not the most attractive app on the market, but its twitchy, cackling, dance-happy main character has a...

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CHICKEN IN THE KITCHEN

Crude drawings and simple interactions don't hold this guided tour of a modern home, but its soundtrack may.

A large chicken stands in front of a white picket fence, beckoning readers to touch a doorknob (yes, a doorknob on a fence) to enter. From there, things only get stranger. As readers explore a garden, a living room, an attic, a kitchen and other rooms in a house, the chicken keeps popping up. It pops out of drawers, emerges from the toilet and appears from behind the television set. What does this chicken want? Does it own the house, or is it merely an avian interloper? Readers will never find out, but they will learn that this chicken likes to dance. At the end of a series of challenges, such as finding a pillow or a garden hose, the chicken jumps out, dancing to an addictive earworm of a song. The bulk of the app, which involves tapping objects on screen when prompted and activating others that are highlighted, is responsive and satisfying for young readers still learning basic words. The app's art is not particularly slick, and there's no story to speak of (even the kitchen scene promised in the title is anticlimactic), but the chicken's dance theme and the ease of navigation in the app nearly make up for it.

It's certainly not the most attractive app on the market, but its twitchy, cackling, dance-happy main character has a certain air of mystery that's hard to resist. (iPad storybook app. 18 mos.-5)

Pub Date: Dec. 22, 2011

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Touchoo

Review Posted Online: Feb. 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2012

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An unabashed love letter from mother.

I LOVE YOU, LITTLE POOKIE

From the Little Pookie series

A sweet celebration of the bond between a mother and her Pookie.

The eighth installment in this always charming series eschews the episodic drama and silliness of earlier outing such as Spooky Pookie (2015) in favor of a mom’s-eye-view celebration of her child and the time they spend together. There is, of course, nothing wrong with drama and silliness. But while the lack of conflict and plot in favor of unapologetic sentiment makes this book a quick read, that doesn’t make it any less endearing. The rhymed verse captures a mother’s wonder as she observes the many facets of her child’s personality: “Ah, Pookie. My little one. My funny one. My child. // Sometimes you are quiet. Sometimes you are wild.” On the simple joys of shared moments, she notes, “I love to go walking with you by my side. / I love when we sing when we go for a ride. // And I love just to watch as you think and you play. / The way that you are is a wonderful way.” Paired with author/illustrator Boynton’s irresistible renderings of a porcine mommy and her playful, snuggly little piglet, the result is impossible to fault. Whether quietly reading, running in a tiger suit, singing with mom in the car, ears flapping in the breeze, or enjoying the safety of mom’s embrace, Pookie’s appeal continues unabated.

An unabashed love letter from mother. (Board book. 1-4)

Pub Date: Dec. 4, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5344-3723-4

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Dec. 5, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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When anyone attempts to enhance and reformat a book that’s already sold more than five million copies, there’s some risk...

MOO, BAA, LA LA LA!

From the Boynton Moo Media series

The iPad adaption of Boynton’s bestselling board book surveys animals and the sounds they make.

When anyone attempts to enhance and reformat a book that’s already sold more than five million copies, there’s some risk involved. What if it doesn’t translate well? Worse yet, what if it flops? Fortunately, Loud Crow Interactive and Boynton don’t have to worry about that. There’s no hint of a sophomore slump in this second installment of the Boynton Moo Media series. Much like its predecessor, The Going to Bed Book (2011), this app adapts the illustrator’s trademark creatures for iPad in a way few other developers can. The animals are fluid and pliable, which is no small feat given that they’re on a flat display. Readers can jiggle them, hurl them off screen, elicit animal sounds and in some cases make them sing (in a perfect inverted triad!). Melodic violin music accompanies the entire story, which is deftly narrated by Boynton’s son, Keith. In addition to the author’s simple yet charming prose there are little surprises sprinkled throughout that extend the wit that’s won countless babies and parents over in paper form.

Pub Date: April 19, 2011

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Loud Crow Interactive

Review Posted Online: May 17, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2011

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