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The Going to Bed Book Review

Posted by Nick Papageorge on June 7th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

"The Going to Bed Book" is one of two Sandra Boynton books available on the app store (the other is "Moo, Baa, La, La, La") and like "Moo, Baa" it is a fantastic book with top notch production value that takes a great story and adds some unique and wonderful interactive elements, making it a joy to read both as a parent and for our children.

"The Going to Bed Book" is produced by Loud Crow Interactive, the makers of the PopOut! series (Peter Rabbit, Night Before Christmas, etc). Loud Crow has been featured in the app of the week as well as New And Noteworthy because they're fantastic. They are designed to simulate a real "pop-up" type book, with characters that spring from the page, tabs to move back and forth, windows/doors to open. It really does give the books a tactile feel, and I honestly believe there is more interactivity in their books than almost any on the app store to date.

As with most of Sandra Boynton's books, they are very silly, and "Going to Bed" is no different. It's a story about a boat full of about 10 animals getting ready to go to bed. You get to follow them through quite a few different activities to get them there, starting with scrubbing them clean in the bath to scrubbing their teeth in the sink.

This interaction in the book is similar, in a very good way, to the PopOut! book series. There's not a single page that's left out from interaction. You can tilt your iPad and it'll swing a chain that's hanging, you can touch on an animal and they'll bounce like they're on a spring. Another you touch will squeak, moo or make some other sound. I hate to spoil this, but it's too good not to talk about... At one point in the bathroom, you get to turn on the hot water tap and very slowly and subtly, it starts to fog up the entire iPad screen. It's terrifically realistic and once it's done, you... I mean, your kids, get to use their fingers as a squeegee to clean off the screen. Yes, it's silly, but it's a really nice touch.

The story is about 13 pages long and allows you to either read it yourself or "Have the Big Guy Read It". The narrator is perfect as his voice is deep, warm and inviting, like the perfect grandpa. With the narration off, you can touch on each of the words to hear them spoken aloud, something I find important in the path to learning how to read.

On that note, the language in the book is very simple. There is more of a complete story here than you'll find in "Moo, Baa", but the language is still very easy to understand and comprehend. I'd still say the age range for the direct target would be 1 - 4, but I can confidently say that this would be a hit for children as young as 6 months to as old as 6 or 7 years old. My daughters still absolutely love it and I believe they will at 7, a testament to the quality of the story and humor.

It is clear by now that I'm smitten with these books. But it's not that I'm blinded by the author, if the books weren't good I'd be the first to say it. But they are good. No, they're great. They're experiences that shaped my daughter's early years of reading, and I hope that you'll find they do the same for yours, too.

Gobliins 2 Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on May 26th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: AWKWARD
Gobliins 2 is certainly a classic adventure game, but it might be a bit "too" classic for some players.
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Plants vs. Zombies

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jeff Scott on February 15th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: Grows on you
Plants Vs. Zombies was a huge hit for Pop Cap on the desktop, and quickly became the number one selling game in PopCap's history. PvZ is a great, yet simplified tower defense game modified with thought for the iPhone.
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Earth Vs Moon

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Will on July 21st, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HUMOROUS FUN
Despite a rough learning curve and the lack of any online integration, Earth Vs Moon manages to be a worthy interpretation on Missile Command with a nice dose of humor and entertaining boss battles.
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I Am Ninja

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Glenn Head on May 22nd, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GOOD NINJA FUN!
I Am Ninja is a hoot. Master the controls, and you master the game. Despite its short lived appeal, you can't help but love those ninjas!
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By Chris Hall on April 23rd, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PRETTY FUNNY
FMyLife.com, the website that has started a global craze, has finally come out with an iPhone app. It's not pretty, or quite as featured as the fmylife website, but the app does the the trick of getting you all your favorite FML posts for free, wherever y
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Jetset: A Game For Airports

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Gary Lucero on January 28th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RECOMMENDED
With Jetset: A Game For Airports, the author's intention was to create a game that air travelers could pick up and play while waiting at the airport for their flights. It makes good on its intentions by using location services that allow you to unlock loc
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