Monster Holiday by Franca Munoz, the developer behind TOP PICK - Monster Morning - is an adorable story of the Monstersorri family's first vacation to the beach. Beautifully narrated by a sweet British voice, the colors and illustrations of the story are attention grabbing and well done. Not to mention the bouncing, falling, and moving pieces on each page that will engage our youngest readers and listeners.
The storyline follows the Monstersorri family, explaining each step of a vacation. Learn about choosing a destination, packing, the airport, riding an airplane, checking in at the hotel, and playing at the beach. Players learn about bringing a passport when they travel, checking in at the airport, things they can do on the airplane, building sand castles, even sending postcards. Each stage is explained in vivid colors and child friendly vocabulary.
Each page of this fictional story is interactive in some way. Often floating and bouncing pieces can be dragged around the page, but with no real purpose. Some pieces elicit responses like eating a popsicle or taking a photo, while others just get bounced around the screen. Young readers will be engaged by simply throwing the items around the screen, while older children may notice the tie-ins to the page. Bouncing stamps on the postcard page, clouds on the airplane page, and a tenacious bear attempting to fly who appears on several pages throughout the story.
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This is a super cute story about a monster family - and yes I giggled a little at the name Monstersorri. The idea of using a book app like this to prepare young children for travel is great. I love the attention to detail like explaining about playing games while checking in at the airport. By preparing kids for that long wait, they might be inclined to wait a little more patiently in that long line! The bouncing pieces are fun to play with and throw around screen, though I wish there was a little more purpose to it. On a few screens, the interactions are purposeful. Players must count crabs and use a camera to see the sand castle that the ocean swept away.
Overall, Monster Holiday is a cute summer vacation app that explains the essentials of travel to our youngest tourists. It's got a cute story and great illustrations. My only wish is that I had this app a couple of weeks ago when we were headed to the beach!
Monster Holiday is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad/iPad Mini - RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€1.79
Note to Parents:
This app has links to iTunes and the developer's website in the Information for Parents section. A pop-up appears letting users know that tapping the link will navigate away from the app.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She just returned from the beach and wishes she had this app for bedtime reading while on her own holiday. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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Disclosure: This review was move up the waiting list priority-services. All opinions expressed are purely that of the author.