No Dogs Allowed is a charming storybook about a mystical creature, the No-Dog, seen only by children much like Sesame Street’s Mr. Snuffleupagus before he was revealed to adults. Children get to learn a lot about these creatures, creating a nice, memorable fable that kids will enjoy, especially as it re-enforces imaginary friendships children are known for.

No Dogs Allowed is written in rhyme and beautifully illustrated with a lovely use of lush, bright colors and an almost child-like yet elegant use of style.

Although mild interactions are present, No Dogs Allowed is primarily a storybook that children and their adults will enjoy. Part cautionary tale, it is interesting how this No-Dog is children’s best friend, yet not completely unconditional, as the No-Dog’s smell is good when children are being good yet smells like dead fish if children are naughty. As with other moments, the relationship No-Dog has with children is dependent on the children’s behavior.

From the first time reading this cute story, it will be fun to point to “No Dogs Allowed” signs in public to children familiar with this book, taking on a new meaning involving these fantastical creatures.

Two coloring pages are available, as is the ability to add one’s own photo to this application, interweaving it into a few places within this app, creating a nice effect.

Do experiment with the narrator choices, as both American as well as British accents are represented, as is Dutch.

It is also nice that one can choose to highlight words when spoken as well as raise or lower the volume of music found throughout this application, but I wish the same were true for the sound effects as well, as the buzzing of flies – even the giggling of the No-Dog himself – can be distracting in the relaxing, peaceful story.

All in all, this is a charming story that creates mythology children and adults will appreciate, with a lovely visual style.

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