Book App Review: Practice Pet by Anne Scully and Robert Scully (Illustrator)

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About the App:

Age Range: 2 and up
Category: Books
Released: Sep 30, 2013
Version: 1.0
Size: 32.5 MB
Language: English
Seller: Storypanda Enterprises Inc.

About the Story:

Sammy wants a pet snake, but has to prove he’s ready to take on the
responsibility by caring for a “practice pet.” As you read you can help
Sammy show he’s ready for the responsibility of a new pet.

With
this digital book you can create your own version of the story as a
family. Choose different activities for Sammy and his pet snake to play.
Rewrite the sentences to personalize the story.
For children ages 2-8 years old

About the Creators:

“The Practice Pet interactive app” was a collaborative effort between husband and wife team of Author Anne Scully, Illustrator Robert Scully and also Canadian publisher Storypanda.

Scully Website | Story Panda

My Thoughts:

This is an adorable story about a boy that wants a pet so his father
lets him get a “practice pet” to prove that he is responsible enough for
a real pet. The story is really cute and kids will be able to relate to
it and laugh along. My own kids quite enjoyed the story and the simple
interactions that come with it.

There are some sounds and some interactions with the book. There is no
narration (unless it’s hiding somewhere and I just couldn’t find it).
The noises are all background sounds like outdoor noises, water dripping,
that kind of thing. I really like the way this book app is still a book
and not a game. The interactions are simple, like tapping the snake to make him sparkle after he shed his old skin.

The illustrations are lovely. They aren’t quite as gorgeous as Robert
Scully’s Stumble Trip Fall, but they are warm and charming all the same.
If you have an iPad, I would suggest downloading the Story Panda app
and filling it with some of their books. They are great to have around
when you need to occupy your child but don’t want them watching TV.

FOUR STARS

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    October 22, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Interesting to read you and your kids interaction of the app. I wouldn't have thought it would have narration but it sort of makes sense.
    I agree that I enjoyed the illustrations in Stumble, Trip, Fall more but the story was so great with this one (:

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      October 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Some apps have narration. Some don't. I don't really care either way. I've found that most with narration have been done pretty poorly, so sometimes it's best if it isn't done at all.

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