Angus the Irritable Bull, developed by Watermark Ltd, is a fantastically fun and adorable interactive storybook for iPad. Kids and adults will fall in love with the story of Angus and other animals on the farm.
Concept and Functionality:
I think the iPad is an incredible teaching tool, so I’m always happy to see new storybooks on the App Store. Angus the Irritable Bull will captivate and entertain people of all ages even though the book is primarily for ages 4 to 6.
The story is about Angus, an exceedingly grumpy bull who frightens everyone and everything on the farm. He crushes flowers, scowls at other animals, and sits under a dark cloud all day.
Angus’s mood changes drastically, though, when an adorable bird lands on his back and pulls out a thorn. Angus immediately cheers up and agrees to allow the bird to perch atop his back whenever he likes.
The story is very heartwarming and touching, and it seeks to teach children the importance of friendship. In essence, others will generally help you if you’re open about what’s upsetting you. In this case, Angus wasn’t aware of the thorn and even though he initially scolded the bird for landing on his back, he was thankful that the bird took the time to help him.
In terms of readability and word structure, Angus the Irritable Bull is very easy to understand and follow. Plus, children will love the fact that there are over 80 touch points throughout the story, making almost everything on the screen interactive in some way or another.
Also, parents and children can easy navigate to a particular page using the helpful chapter-like layout. Animal sounds are rich and realistic and illustrations are hand-drawn, making Angus the Irritable Bull truly a one-of-a-kind story.
Angus the Irritable Bull features professional narration which is clear and easy to follow along with. Unlike many narrators who can be monotone and somewhat dull to listen to, the narrator of this story is delightfully cheery and upbeat.
She adds a sense of excitement to the story, much like parents do. This is one of the main reasons why Angus the Irritable Bull has the best narration of any story I’ve reviewed for iPad.
Lastly, Angus the Irritable Bull includes options to toggle everything in the story, including narration, text, music, and sounds. This is a wonderful way for parents to practice listening and reading skills with their child while enjoying the story of Angus.
Angus the Irritable Bull is available to download from the App Store for $2.99 and is compatible with iPad.
Parents who are looking for an upbeat, educational, and enjoyable story for their child definitely shouldn’t overlook Angus the Irritable Bull, as it’s one of the best stories I’ve reviewed for iPad.
Angus the Irritable Bull requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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