Land of Mislaid was developed by YipYip for the iPad. It was created in the Netherlands and adapted from a Dutch picture book by Jort van der Jagt. It has the features that readers have come to expect in high quality storybook apps, namely a Read to Me option with a professional narrator, interesting and clever interactive elements embedded within its pages, and imaginative and detailed artwork. In this case, the narrator’s British accent adds another stylistic element to the story.
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Land of Mislaid is told from the point of view of little Hannah, who enjoys spending time with her dear grandfather. As the story unfolds, your child is drawn into Hannah’s dilemma, which is figuring out where lost objects (in this case, her peppermint candy) go. Grandfather, wishing to prevent his granddaughter distress, offers her licorice as a substitute. When she refuses, his next suggestion is to take her to look for the missing candy. So, they head off on an adventure, encountering a series of helpful guides along the way, including a talking teapot and a chatty goldfish.
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The very distinctive artwork in Land of Mislaid catches your eye immediately. It’s fun to see how the artist pictures the imaginary places along the way to Mislaid. In some ways, this story reminds me of the Disney movie, “Up,” but on a much smaller scale.
The best children’s stories are those that spark the imagination of its readers. The strongest elements of Land of Mislaid are its artwork, its interactive animations, and its descriptions of the places Hannah and her grandfather see on their journey to Mislaid. Unfortunately, the dialogue is overly formal and the characters are not very memorable. As the story ends, the reader is left to figure out on his own what actually happened to the peppermint. I won’t reveal the answer, but with a little discussion, you and your child will be able to solve the mystery.
Land of Mislaid is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad/iPad Mini/iPad Air
At the time of this review, Land of Mislaid provides a safe, secure environment, with no web connections or access to social media, no ads, and no in-app purchases. Parents can be confident that their children’s privacy is protected when using this app.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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