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Wonderful interactive e-story, perfect for Halloween!
on October 23, 2011
My first grader came home last week raving about a book her teacher had read to them in class. It was titled "Spookley the Square Pumpkin". She loved it so much that she insisted we go to our local library and check it out so she could read it to me. Unfortunately, the local library did not have the title as it has been out of print for a while. I could not find it online at a reasonable price (for a used copy), and was just about ready to give up my search when I came across OM offering it as an interactive e-book (through the Amazon Android Appstore). For slightly less than a dollar, I gave it a try and it has been the best 0.99 I've ever spent!
My first grader was very excited when I showed her Spookley's picture on my phone and she quickly proceeded to read it to me. There are three options - Autoplay, Read It Myself, and Read to Me. In the Read it Myself option, the pages can be turned by swiping across the page to the left. The text appeared and my daughter started reading...but her excitement was even more so when she discovered that this is an interactive reading experience!
Each time she touched the colorful illustrations on the screen, they 'talked' back! Animals make sounds, the waves on the sea crash, thunder booms, the farmer speaks, and the pumpkins all have something to say! She would read and then touch all the illustrations to see what they had to say, and the entire experience was so much fun that she has been asking me to allow her to read this story again and again, and asking are there others? The story of Spookley the Square Pumpkin is a heartwarming one with a positive message that it is OK to be different, and that everyone harbors a talent for something. It is also a celebration of fall and Halloween!