Heroic opportunities abound in this tiny, one-page world of fire and rescue.
The app shines with interactive adventures. A cow gets stuck in the pond; a cat requires rescue from a tree; a car and a house both catch fire; a charcoal grill flames up too high....Little fingers tap to initiate each rescue, saving people and property and animals along the way. Clever sound effects accompany the adventure, bringing the animation to life. Especially entertaining are the mischievous animals: squirrels fighting over an acorn, a red-nosed mole digging holes, a pesky crow, a quacking, diving duck. If there’s a hole here, apart from the background music that continues to play after the screen goes dark, it’s that the entire world exists on one tiny page. There’s a “What’s Up?” picture index to help readers find some actions specifically, but the connectivity of the stories here would have been better served spread over several pages. Lovely, detailed illustrations get lost in their smallness, even on an iPad. (On an iPhone, “tiny” would be an overstatement.)
All in all, as an activity book, it’s a win for hand-eye coordination, reasoning-skill building and engaging fun. (requires iPad 2+) (iPad storybook app. 2-4)