Monkeys in My Head is a new interactive storybook for the iPad from developer Paperplane Pilots Pte Ltd. It's unique artwork and storyline teach a good lesson on self esteem. This app would be a nice addition to your digital library.
Monkeys in My Head is the story of a little girl named Pirouette and the monkeys in her head. These monkeys are scary and mean, nay-saying and criticizing Pirouette. In a good story about building your own self esteem and ignoring the voices in your head, the little girl overcomes the monkeys in a clever way.
The story is interactive with places to tap the screen to see cute animations. Players also have the option of having the story read aloud or not. Sound effects and music add to the viewing experience.
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This atorybook app for iPad has a good story line, teaching children to overcome their own voices in their head. It's a good lesson on building your own self esteem. Also the artwork in this app is amazing. The little girl is illustrated beautifully. Even the background art is well done. The options menu is easy to navigate with simple switches to turn on and off the read aloud, sound effects, and the music (although the switches are backwards - up is off and red, down is on and green).
A note of caution to parents of young children. The developer states this app is for ages four and up, however there were a few things about the app that make it more appropriate for slightly older kids. To begin with, the monkeys are drawn nicely, but could be a little scary for young kids. There are a few animations that also could scare young children. One last caution, in the story the little girl tells the monkeys to "Shut up." This isn't a phrase I want my son to hear or use. Parents might want to preview this story before handing it over to their kids.
Overall, Monkeys In My Head would be good for kids at least aged 7 and up. It might make an interesting lesson for older kids to determine the author's purpose and message about self esteem. The artwork is unique and very well done. The sound effects and animations are cute and keep the reader engaged. I could see this app being a good discussion starter for any family wanting to talk about self esteem.
Monkeys in Head is available for download via the iTunes App Store: iPad App
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education.
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