Jonty the Dinosaur is a sweet bedtime story about a young dino trying to get to sleep. Help Jonty get ready for bed in this interactive tale. Looking for more than just a bedtime story? Users can actually add images and record themselves within the app.
Jonty the Dinosaur by Oken Studios Limited is an interactive bedtime story perfect for the young one who constantly finds an excuse not to go to sleep. "It's too cold." "It's too loud." "I'm hot." If these familiar phrases greet you each and every bedtime, then Jonty might be a solution. Users join the young dinosaur on his adventures of the day, but then must help him get comfortable for bed.
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The app has three ways to utilize the story portion of the app. Read to Me, Read it Myself, or Auto Play (where the interactive components aren't necessary). In Read to Me, a pleasant British narrator reads the story aloud while highlighting the words. Children must engage with the story before advancing a page. From making a pizza, to closing a window, to pulling up the blanket, the reader takes an active role. Read it Myself contains the same interactions, but no narration. If readers get stuck, they can tap a word to have it read aloud.
The Add to Story option is a little bit more unique. On each page, readers can add items to the page. Add a plane to the sky or a robot in the park; your imagination is the limit. Additionally, a record button allows users to add their own parts to the story. Another use might be to have the child record the story as they read. Or if a parent is going to be away from home at night, record this bedtime story in your own voice to share with your child.
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This app is a cute bedtime story, and at our house rings very true. I hear a lot of excuses at bedtime. It was fun for me to draw some parallels as we read this together one night. The story is cute and animations are minimal, so children can't get so distracted by playing that they miss the point of the story. I really liked the Add to Story aspect. My son loved adding the items to the pages, and I loved recording him as he retold each page. My teacher heart soared listening to his retell of the story. I think there are a lot of great ways to utilize that Add to Story section. I'm a huge fan of anything where children are creating using the iPad.
Overall, Jonty the Dinosaur is a cute bedtime story that young children will enjoy. The Add to Story feature is great and extends the life of the story by making it fun to use as more than just a bedtime tale.
Jonty the Dinosaur is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad
RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€1.89
At the time of this review, the app had no in-app purchases, ads, and external links were behind a parent gate.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She hears many of the Jonty's excuses as she put her son to bed. She is a self proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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