I Need My Monster - An Exciting Way to start the New Year!
I Need My Monster is a children’s book turned iOS and Android application that provides a lively, interactive experience for early readers. At $3.99 the book tells a story of a young Ethan who is perplexed by his monster having gone on vacation. Reading such a story with your youngster or even in a class full of ESL learners has never been more fun as Ethan searches for a suitable substitute monster from the variety of silly monsters that appear in his room.
The app has a number of features that enhance the learning experience such as a memory card game that features characters in the book, professional narration, original music, and even an auditory memory game that helps assist with listening skills. The developers also cite inherent value in the Emotional Intelligence in the story. Beyond this, the app also features the added bonus of accurate highlighted text as a means to promote reading skills. It is also replete with vocabulary specific to creepy-crawlies.
When children touch the monsters, they gnash, drool, and strike with sharp pointy claws. Not to scare as the monsters aren’t really that scary but they certainly entertain! That said, my own son at 3 years old, asked me not to touch the monsters because he thought they might pop out of the page and eat us! I’m sure he was just kidding…or perhaps he knows more about monsters than I do!
It is a well thought out application that brings storytelling to a whole new level and does it even better than some of the biggest names in storybook apps. Inviting readers to interact with the story by shaking, tilting and tapping their way to discovery, author Amanda Noll’s first picture book comes to life and is sure to bring many enjoyable nights to you and your loved ones.