Son of the Sun and Wizard Lizard is an original storybook app developed by Kidappers for the iPad. It has the features we expect in high quality story apps, including Read to Me and Read by Myself options, interesting interactive elements, and detailed artwork.
In Son of the Sun and Wizard Lizard, the main character, a little sunbeam named Son of the Sun, is sent to explore the universe. He zooms away from Father Sun’s protective rays and lands at the North Pole, where he is enchanted by all the animals he sees running, jumping, and playing in the snow. When he ventures into a dark cave, he becomes a prisoner of the Wizard Lizard, finding himself trapped in a snow crystal. It’s only through his clever thinking and bravery that he is able to escape. After freeing the other captive animals, Son of the Sun has a choice to make: he can either punish the Wizard Lizard, or he can show mercy to him. In the end, Son of the Sun spares the lizard, who has a change of heart and becomes a friend instead of an enemy.
Son of the Sun and Wizard Lizard is divided into ten chapters, with interactive pages placed between the chapters. There are some really unique effects provided by the animations, including an aurora borealis that appears in the sky, shimmering balls that melt ice crystals, and animals doing flips into the water and skiing down frozen slopes. As an added bonus, a set of puzzles is included that recounts highlights from the story.
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Parents often use stories as a way to teach moral lessons because the images from the story stay with a child longer than do the actual words. Experts in the field of child development agree that it is possible to begin teaching these lessons at an early age, if it is done with compassion and sensitivity. In Sun of the Son and the Wizard Lizard, the story is about adventure, but the deeper lesson is about turning the other cheek and showing forgiveness.
Overall, the story content meets expectations. This app is the length of a beginning chapter book, with a level of language that targets a slightly older group of children. The illustrations also meet expectations; the colors are vibrant and the illustrations are age appropriate. I think the animations are what set Sun of the Son and the Wizard Lizard apart from other story apps, both in number of animations per page and creative use of movement. This app is a good option for those parents who are looking for a well-written app that contains a solid moral lesson.
Sun of the Son and the Wizard Lizard is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad/iPad Mini/iPad Air
RRP - $4.99/£2.99/€4.49
At the time of the review, Sun of the Son and Wizard Lizard does not contain ads, nor does it offer in-app purchases (IAPs). There are links to the web and social media from a protected parent portal. Your child’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 age 6-14.