Jack and The Beanstalk joins an already impressive collection of book apps from Nosy Crow.
Yep, the well known story of Jack is given a delightful interactive twist from the talented Nosy Crow team. This one will be invaluable in encouraging reluctant readers.
The opening of the app takes the reader through the traditional, and familiar, situations that poor Jack finds himself in ... no cow, a handful of beans and a very, very angry mother!
The readers can choose to read to themselves, or have the story read to them. As childrens' voices (I love that) read the story out loud, each word is highlighted in red to encourage word recognition (I love that too).
These features remain when Jack reaches the castle in the sky, however it is here that the interactive elements really come to the forefront - encouraging readers to become an active part of the story.
There are three levels to the castle with numerous doors on each. Jack is given keys for tasks completed, each key then opens another door .. and leads to another task.
The tasks range from colour & pattern recognition, object finding and simple puzzle solving. Significantly, success or failure of these tasks determine the eventual ending - if you wake the giant up during certain games, he’ll chase you out of the castle and that version of the story will have a different outcome!
Familiar elements creep in too ... gold coins, and eventually that cheeky golden harp wakes the giant. Oh, and that mirror is back!
There is a lot here, completely justifying the price ... this is an app that will take some time to complete, read and devour. Perfect.
Throughout the story there are many, many interactive elements. Blue dots guide the reader, and those characters will keep talking for as long as you want to keep tapping them!
The artwork that accompanies Jack and The Beanstalk is of the vibrant high quality I've come to expect and enjoy from Nosy Crow. Gorgeous, eye catching colours fill the screen.
Look out for that dancing bean man ... too funny!
How fiendishly brilliant does the giant look?!
Totally engrossing, Nosy Crow's Jack and the Beanstalk is going to keep many young readers (and urm *cough* older reader) happy for quite some time. A vibrant, wonderful twist on a traditional fairy story.
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