App Review of iRead With & Caillou: What’s That Funny Noise?

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About the App:

Caillou: What’s That Funny Noise? is FREE today with AppGratis.com

Discover this innovative shared reading method to help your child get ready to read! iRead With is a top learning and educational method for kids in Preschool to foster language development.

Follow Caillou and his parents while they try to put Caillou to bed. Caillou hears funny noises and can’t fall asleep. That’s when the action starts! Mommy and Daddy are always around to help Caillou and show him what the funny noises and shadows really are. Find out if Caillou (and family!) actually get a good night sleep.

“Caillou: What’s that Funny Noise? exceeds expectations for graphic design, animation, creativity, and user interface. It’s exactly the kind of story app that will enrich your child’s mind and create a love of books.” – Fun Educational Apps

“We have tried many eBooks for our kids and nothing has quite grabbed their attention like iRead With Interactive eBooks. The concept of the stories is genius.” – Mom and More

• Already reached #1 in Books in the US, Canada and France.

Based on the hit TV series, this animated story is part of iRead With, a new read-aloud program created to foster language development and help preschoolers get ready to read.

iRead With animated stories are designed to make children talk and participate in the shared reading activity.

iRead With is based on the dialogic reading method developed in conjunction with University of McGill’s Child Phonology Lab.

Parents follow a prompting system that encourages them to start a conversation with the child, by asking questions about the story. Children become actively involved in the narrative and get stimulated in a multi-sensory level. 

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Special Features:

PRIMARY SKILLS DEVELOPED
Speech and oral language, vocabulary, phonological awareness, emergent literacy concepts, narrative skills and comprehension strategies.

TAP WORDS
Touch living words to trigger sounds and animations.

ENGAGING ANIMATIONS
Animations are tied to the story to create a meaningful experience. Tap them to find a surprise!

CHOOSE YOUR AVATAR
Select an avatar to personalize your reading experience.

RECORD YOUR OWN VOICE
Important words can be recorded. Children can also create and record their own dialogue lines.

STORYTELLING ACTIVITY
Play with story puppets and create your own animated stories in the Story Theatre.

PROFESSIONAL NARRATION
Choose to have the story automatically narrated, always after a first shared reading experience.

READ THE STORY AGAIN!
There are three reading levels with more living words to discover, and new prompts to engage conversation.

Find out more on www.ireadwith.com.


My Thoughts:

The thing I love about book apps is that they give children a new way to
interact with the things they read. iRead With is a new app publisher
that has taken well known characters and added simple animations,
sounds, and narration to their stories. There is also the ability to
animate your own story using scenes and characters from the book. You
have the option to read the book yourself or have a professional
narrator read it to you.

My kids’ main interest was in the animations and extras in Caillou:
What’s That Funny Noise?
, which was fine since that’s the reason it’s an
app and not a printed book. The animations focus on enhancing the book
and engaging children. The story itself is a classic afraid-of-the-dark
tale that’s popular among children, with the added bonus of familiar
Caillou characters.

I’ve seen a lot of book apps in the past few years, and this is one of
the better ones I’ve seen. I like the interactiveness, and the
professional narration is really nice! The only thing I wasn’t 100% sold
on was the feature to animate your own story. While it was easy for me
to do it, it was more difficult for my kids (ages 4 & 6), and they
got frustrated.

If you are interested in book apps and don’t know what to look for or
where to start, try one of the iRead With apps. They’re good quality and
should be a positive experience for your kids, especially if they are
already fans of the Caillou TV show.

4.5 STARS

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this app in exchange for an honest review. 

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