The Going to Bed Book Review

The Going to Bed Book Review

My children like book apps, probably because they can have story time without requiring me to read it to them. As such, Loud Crow Interactive has created another great conversion of a popular Sandra Boynton toddler book, The Going to Bed Book. Loud Crow is well known for making some of the best ipad apps for toddler, which made my decision to review this app an easy choice.

The story is about a “gang” of animals who are getting ready to go to bed on their ship. The book takes the reader though the animal’s bed time rituals and regimen, including bath time, teeth brushing, and putting on pajamas. The drawings are very age appropriate and colorful. Young children needed some parental guidance (ages 2.5 & below) because they had some trouble turning the pages forward because the interaction points are the swiping or dragging motion. However, The Going to Bed Book app features a many other interaction elements which were easier for toddlers to handle.

What happened when the kids used it?
The children enjoyed playing with the lovely and funny looking characters and spent about 15 minutes with the app without getting bored. Their particular favorite was the bath time scene, watching my children pop the bubbles the scrubbing soap presented.

There were 2 major problems with the app: 1.) In the “brushing their teeth” page, when the hot water is running, it’s impossible to go to the next page. Young children cant negotiate this condition; and 2.) on the “to exercise” page, the child must slide the moon in circles, which is a very hard task for kids younger than 3 year old.

The Sandra Boynton Blue Hat, Green Hat best toddler app, for example, was much easier for toddlers to handle because its interaction points were based on tapping and minor (unconditional) dragging.

In conclusion, although the app quality and the book the app is based upon are top notch and worthy for a perfect 5 star score, the somewhat challenging-for-toddler interactions elements of this app land it a 4/5 score. BTA Score: 4/5

App Details:

This app received the "Top 10 App for Toddlers" Award

Ages: 2 – 4
Price: $3.99
App name: The Going to Bed Book – Sandra Boynton
Released by: Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
Platform: iPad / iPhone / Android

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