My Beastly ABC’s is a great new app for iPad that will be of interest to children of various ages.
An ABC app, My Beastly ABC’s tells the story about a boy who one day meets different beasts or monsters from A to Z.
Parents can attest to how many ABC apps are available through iTunes, and because a good deal of time will be spent learning letters, it behooves parents to find alphabet apps that will entertain themselves as well.
I really appreciate not only the colorful look of this app, complete with wonderful illustrations and mild animated moments containing both a vintage sense of style as well as a modern look and feel, but also the pitch-perfect use of suspenseful, jazzy music and perfectly realized narration by celebrated voice-over artist Jim Dale as well.
The choices of monsters used are also terrific, and I appreciate a great deal the global aspect of this app, as creatures from all cultures from the chupacabra to Quetzalcoatl are chosen to be represented.
The illustrations that accompany these creatures are cute and not scary from my point of view, but parents should decide for themselves if their toddlers will enjoy hearing about such characters as a two-headed Ettin that would not have fazed me as a young child but may put off others.
This app can certainly be used to teach the alphabet by the right family, but I also enjoy how older children will also enjoy these fantastical creatures as well.
The selection of monsters, also included in a monster index, is quite vast, and even the most seasoned monster lover may need to research a creature or two to read more about their mythology, allowing parents to use this app as a springboard for future reading.
Interactions are included which are often subtly highlighted when they propel the action of this story forward, but also be aware that other hot spots are available of a more generic nature that may distract a little from this story. Luckily this is only a minor note within a terrific application.
My Beastly ABCs
Developer: Duncan Studio
Released: 2012-12-05 00:00:00
Description from the DeveloperREVIEWS:
****Featured in USA TODAY'S Top 10 iPad Apps for Kids 2012****
"...great interaction, an engaging story...wonderful illustrations, this app will chase away all fears of monsters." - USA TODAY
** "This is a five star must have ABC book app and a great value for the money!" - theimums.com
**"The story is fun and whimsical, while the narration work...is top notch." - Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW.com
**"Eminently amusing." -Kirkus Reviews
**"Provides just the right balance of fun, education, and wonder. I highly recommend it." - cutemonster.com
**"...we’ll be returning to [this app] again and again as a favorite bedtime story." -reelmama.com
** Created by renowned artists and animators **
** Featuring narration by beloved actor/narrator, Jim Dale, the voice of the Harry Potter audio books **
Join this delightful interactive adventure as a timid boy experiences a magical day filled with friendly monsters from around the world! See this brilliant original story come to life in an educational, fun experience sure to enchant adults and kids alike. Enjoy entertaining games and fun interactive activities, all while experiencing the highest quality artwork and sound.
•39 separate, dazzling pages
•Hide and seek with the boogie monsters in the dark
•Fight off a bully with the aid of a jackalope
•Play ring toss with a unicorn
•Play chase with will-o-the-wisps. It’s pure magic!
•Read and learn about each of the beasts’ unique characteristics and place of origin
This unparalleled interactive storybook provides endless hours of entertainment through its charming storyline, vivid and colorful animations, whimsical designs and engaging interactions.
•Beautiful HD illustrations created by world renowned artists
•Listen to Jim Dale read you the story, or read the story yourself
•Enjoy engaging and fun animation on every page
•“Interactive” mode - allows the user to control the story and engage in playful activities
•“Auto Play” mode - automatically plays the story like a short film
•"Chapter Menu" - allows the user to easily jump to favorite scenes
•"Index Menu" - provides fun, kid-friendly monster facts and descriptions
We recommend that you upgrade your iPad to the most recent iOS version before installing this app.