Broadway Barks is a lovely interactive story, written, narrated and sung by Tony-winning actress Bernadette Peters, based on the previously published children’s book with CD of the same name. Versions for both iPhone as well as iPad are available.
This is a cute and charming story of a dog who no longer has a home and is all alone in the park until he is discovered and given a chance to be seen at Broadway Barks – a charity event in New York City to promote the adoption of animal, ultimately finding a new home.
As one may expect, Peters does a terrific job giving this dog, formerly known as Douglass, a voice both very human but also dog-like in a way that makes me smile, making him an utterly sympathetic character that children and their adults will root for. The illustrations are also quite nice, colorful and quite pleasing to the eye, as are the animated moments and interactive elements marked with glowing orbs show where to tap.
Before reading this book, I did not know of Broadway Barks, the real life event this book is based on, bringing this event as well as the plight of animals waiting to be adopted to the minds of readers in a way that is thoughtful and warm. I also appreciate the level of suspense from this dog’s point of view, becoming nervous when about to go on stage, as well as the moments right after when he believes he will remain unloved and unwanted.
Fortunately, this story ends on a wonderful and warm note, but the early self-deprecating dialogue may be hard for some sensitive children to hear – like my son who would not respond well to the sad plight of dogs, even though ending on a happy note.
Having said this, this would be a great book for all but the most sensitive of children.
This application also includes a very nice song sung by Peters based on this story and includes a montage of images from this tale stylized to look like a movie with the hint of distressed film, also including a backdrop reminiscent of a drive-in movie to create a serene video of sorts that children will find very relaxing.
Showtime is also a section where one can dress the dog, now known by his adopted name, Kramer and animate him with a dance with the drag of a finger.
Auto play is an option. Here instead of turning pages automatically, it makes the pages of this book flow seamlessly like a video of sorts but without the interactions found in the “Read to Me” section.
I also like how this book offers more information about Broadway Barks, Bernadette Peters herself and illustrator Liz Murphy.
Broadway Barks is an easy application to recommend with all the elements of this story working well together to create a musical tale animal lovers of all ages will be smitten by.
Developer: CJ Educations
Released: 2012-07-20 00:00:00
Description from the Developer★ A Parents’ Choice Approved Award Winner” (2013) ★
" ...a storybook app that animal lovers young and old will adore...It is an inexpensive, fun, touching and cute app that will make a fantastic addition to your digital library. " (Parents' Choice Review)
★ Simply the benchmark for all interactive books on the iPad. Its that good. Just go and download it, you won’t regret it. (appshrink.com) ★
"I loved your singing, I loved your dancing. Would you like to go home with me?"
The original children’s picture book, “Broadway Barks” was written, narrated,
and sung beautifully by Tony-award winning American actress,
Bernadette Peters. It is a warm and an appealing story of loss, reunion,
and nurturing – complete with a happy ending.
In a park lives a lonely little dog, Douglas.
He is befriended by a pretty, red-haired stranger (Peters), who takes him to a Broadway stage so that he has a chance at being adopted.
How can Douglas be a star and find himself a new home?
★ Video: http://youtu.be/h5QyBolNUog
★ Do you know Broadway Barks?
Broadway Barks is an animal charity event founded by Bernadette Peters in 1999 to promote the adoption of shelter animals.
“Broadway Barks” is a story about a dog who finds a new family after being adopted.
I hope this story will help you understand how important it is to take care of animals.”
- Bernadette Peters, 2012
Note from Peters to her children fans, with the release of “Broadway Barks” app
★ About Broadway Barks App
Broadway Barks App tells a story about a lonely dog Douglas searching for his home, with beautiful music and lyrics by Bernadette Peters. In addition, Broadway Barks App includes three special reading features and unique interactive activities that go beyond the storybook and are exclusive to this app.
★ Musical Fun!
1) Douglas’ Showtime: Create the most exciting showtime for Douglass so that he can impress the audience with unique songs and dances.
2) Kramer’s Song: Enjoy the beautiful lullaby music for Kramer, with music and lyrics by Bernadette Peters. This will be a wonderful bedtime ritual for your kids.
★ Reading Features!
1) Read to Me: Enjoy the beautiful narration of Bernadette Peters and use the interactive elements on every page.
2) Auto Play: Relax and enjoy the story as it unfolds…the pages turn automatically for you.
3) Read it Myself: Turn off the narration to read the story by yourself as the words appear on the screen.
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