Sesame Street’s The Monster at the End of This Book is the best children’s book in the App Store. Full stop. It doesn’t matter whether your kids are two or six years old, this will be their favorite. And it will be your favorite. It is a masterpiece. The Monster at the End of This Book shows that children’s books are not just possible on the iPad—they can be far better than a paper-based book could ever hope to be.
Disney’s take on the classic The Princess and the Frog is entirely unfaithful to the source material. It’s also really cute and compelling. The iPhone/iPad ebook unsurprisingly follows the basic plot of the film, cutting and summarizing heavily to fit the whole thing into a ten-minute children’s book. Early versions of the book suffered from serious stability issues, but that seems to finally be fixed with the newest update. For the most part The Princess and the Frog is pretty successful, with excellent artwork and narration, and a few extra features that are cool for parents and kids alike.
This is a book that needs no introduction. Unless you were raised under a rock, or perhaps in a box or with a fox, you have probably been exposed to this book countless times. If you have kids, you have likely already exposed them to it. If not, Oceanhouse Media’s iPad version is an excellent way to do so (it borders on child cruelty to deprive your children of Green Eggs and Ham, so if you haven’t introduced it already, get on it!).
So Ouat! is one of my favorite producers of children’s ebooks on the App Store. None of their books are original (so far), but the treatment they give to classic fairy tales is consistently among the best the App Store has to offer. True to form, Goldilocks is a high-quality treatment of the fairy tale we all know and love. So Ouat! also offers some really cool educational features for parents who might want to turn these books into more substantial educational tools.
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