Having some time at home this week I've been finding and downloading new apps, not all of which have been wonderful! These two are pretty good though:
The chest full of monsters - Free to download the app , this gives you one story, The Zombie. You can then pay a further £2.29 to release the remaining 3 stories, The Vampire, The Witch & The Bogeyman. App has a great start, the stories are contained in a chest which must be opened to release them. The stories can be read to you or you can read them yourself without the audio narration and there are a good range of language options - English, German, French, Spanish and Catalan (narrators accents are very good!). There's also an option to read the books aloud yourself and record them, which would be good practice for children to do and comforting for those whose parents are away as they could listen to the story read by their mum or dad. Lots of interactivity on the pages of each story , I particularly enjoyed splatting the spiders at the start! The tales are mildly scary but not likely to cause nightmares in most children over the age of 7. Gentle humour - the bogeyman is the only one who can make children behave it seems! The app would have been even better if the writing had appeared at the same time as the narration instead of all in one go but well worth the small price anyway.
Midnight Feast - This app is £2.29 with no further in app purchases. The tale tells us about Roya who shares a bedroom with her younger sister and has a wild imagination.. It has beautiful illustrations and well timed interactions that lead you deeper into the story. Available in two languages, English and Danish and you can have narration on or off and can mute some of the slightly scarier elements for younger readers. Gorgeous enough to enjoy just as a delightful story but there are deeper themes to be explored and there are close reading notes and activities provided on the net, would be good to have the link to these at the start and not at the end but they are a very valuable resource nonetheless.
My blog is a collection of thoughts and I hope you will learn something about me from the ramblings as well as finding some useful links. I'm Bev Humphrey and I'm a Literacy, School Libraries and Technology Consultant. I am self employed so views expressed are solely my own.
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