The iPad is the perfect platform for the interactive childrens book and many developers have been bringing stories to life on the platform since its release. Developed by Apps of All Nations, iStoryApps is a series of ebooks for iPad designed with a young audience in mind.
There are several titles in the series, and this review is based upon Phillipe’s Wish – a story of a cute character that builds a balloon in his backyard and floats out across the city and into the sky to find a star to wish upon.
Phillipe’s Wish is voice narrated, with the option to switch between an adult and child narrator. Authored and illustrated by Woody Miller, Phillipe’s Wish has simple, but colorful and engaging hand-drawn pictures. The illustrations are accompanied by animations, interactive elements such as tappable stars and a join-the-dots game, as well as a charming soundtrack.
The pages of the iStoryApps books are turned manually with a swipe of the finger, just as you would turn the pages of a real book. If you choose, the books can be set to autoplay in the options screen which is perfect for children that can not yet read and just want to watch the story unfold.
Phillipe’s Wish can be read through in under 5 minutes, so they are not long books for $3.99 – but provide an experience that children will no doubt enjoy over and over again.
iStoryApps [iTunes Link] are compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.