Tuesday 28 February 2012

The Furniture is Alive - A Peek 'n Play Story App review

When the creators of Billie The Unicorn (that we reviewed here) and The Year of the Dragon (that we reviewed here) got in touch to ask if I'd like to review their latest Peek 'n Play Story App, The Furniture Is Alive, they warned me that it was slightly spooky and said, " Your older kids should have no problem with it but you may want to take a peek first before handing it off to your youngest because every kid is different and I do not want anybody in your house freaking out because the sofa is giving them the heebie jeebies" !

Well, they're spot on. The app tells the tale of a little boy, left alone for a few minutes while his mum pops next door, who imagines all of the furniture turning into creepy monsters out to get him. While the girls can look at it and laugh, recognising their childhood fears and overactive imaginations, I didn't want to give Pierre any ideas, especially as a few weeks ago he was freaked out about having a monster in his bedroom !

As with the other Peek 'n' Play apps we've reviewed, you can use it in "read to me" or "I can read" mode, tapping on individual words if you get stuck, or even watch it as a movie. Most pages have interactive elements that you can tap to make things happen (and for younger kids, you can turn on hints to help find them). 

It's an enjoyable storybook app which reminded me of a slightly scarier version of The Cat in the Hat ! The illustrations are cleverly designed so you can see why the little boy sees the houselhold objects morphing into monsters. You can also really relate to his attempt to justify why the house has been trashed and his mum's disbelief so it's a cute story that parents and kids can read together.

star rating : 4/5

RRP : £2.99

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