Food Fight! – An Interactive Book is an iPad storybook that my son and I find really enjoyable. It is a unique and original story about two boys from different worlds who at first seem to have a lot of differences but really have much in common.
First you meet Tim, who is a really picky eater and will eat nothing but sausages for every meal and snack. Next, on another planet inhabited by sausage people, we meet Sammy. Sammy eats nothing but little boys the same way Tom delights in eating sausages. Sammy finds out that there is a place where sausages are eaten and goes to earth to confront Tom. At first they cannot get past their differences but are able to work things out, with a witty surprise ending that children will love.
The illustrations are marvelous here, very colorful and with a 3D effect. I simply loved the details about Sammy’s cravings for boys and I like that he only consumes highly processed and packaged boys, keeping everything kid-friendly. The interactions are fun but not overwhelming and never take away from the main focus here, that being the storytelling.
This is a universal app which will work on both iPad as well as iPhone, and options include reading by oneself or listening to narration and watch as the words become highlighted when spoken. A game, “Star Hunt,” is also added where, I presume one looks for stars hidden among the illustrations to unlock something at the end, but this game did not work for me as I found no starts to tap, something that I found odd. This aside, I really like this charming book and how the two characters come together to settle their differences. In spite of coming from such different backgrounds they really have a lot in common, such as parents who find vegetables to be an important part of diet, even for picky eaters which I found quite endearing. I hope more storybook apps will be coming from writer, Glenn Melenhorst.
Food Fight! - An Interactive Book by Glenn Melenhorst
Developer: Jelly Biscuits
Released: 2010-11-05 00:00:00
Description from the Developer✭ "I truly enjoyed this original story. Food Fight! has a clever twist at the end and it was nice to read something fresh and fun." - The iPhone Mom
✭ "...the most beautiful iOS children's book yet." David Winograd, tuaw.com
✭ “Great artwork and a twist in the tale will have young readers loving this book.” The Herald Sun.
Food fight is a wonderfully bright original story which tells the story of Tim, a boy from earth and Sammy, a sausage from somewhere else altogether. They meet and instantly dislike each other, but are they so different after all? As they work through their differences, Tim and Sammy deal with issues of one-sidedness, prejudgement, food intolerance and ultimately, conflict resolution all in a light heated, fun story.
Food Fight has been specially remastered for the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch by Jelly Biscuits using the original illustrations and text from Glenn Melenhorst’s popular children’s book, with Glenn's input and feedback at every step (and even his voice for the read mode!). The collaboration has created an interactive experience to delight both young and old.
From the author: ‘I have received so many wonderful responses to the book that I am thrilled to re-release it to a wider audience and a brand new batch of young readers. I always write foremost to please myself so I hope you get a kick out of reading 'Food Fight' to your youngsters.’
See the trailer here:
✭ 32 pages (16 double page spreads)
✭ Retina support
✭ 3D interactive page turns
✭ Interactive content on every page
✭ High quality sound and motion.
✭ Mini Game - Find the 5 hidden stars to unlock a bonus page - the hunt changes every time it is reset!
✭ Over 80 interactive elements and sounds