The books are called TouchyBooks because they interact with your child's touch via iPad or iPhone. These will soon be offering them via Android, Windows Phone, and Flash Web too. You can download your own TouchyBooks bookshelf for free and try out a few sample books before you purchase any paid books. This app can be downloaded via iTunes or the app store on your device. Here is what your virtual bookshelf will look like:
I decided to try out the free books first and downloaded those on to our iPad. The first thing I loved about them was the amazing illustrations! Each book has completely different styles of illustrations, but overall I found the graphics much more amazing than many children's books we own (and that is a ton given I am a Reading Specialist)! The Moon Secrets book reminds me of a happier version of The Nightmare Before Christmas in regards to graphics, while The Candy Factory illustrations seem to take inspiration from the children's book Abuela.
Each book can be played two different ways: read to me (with audio), or read with me (no audio). I love that the text seems to appear on the page in a font that is similar to the illustrations. The funky font in The Candy Factory appeared tilted and silly, while the Sleeping Beauty font was elegant and floated on the page. Each story has different touch sensitive areas on the illustrations, so your kids can make mice run, characters fly, or a prince kiss a princess (to name a few). I especially liked that the kids could make the cotton candy cloud float around the page with a touch of a finger (in The Candy Factory). In the book The Adventures of Alt you can make Alt (a funny little alien being) go on adventures! He flies in a balloon and rescues friends. I could go on and on about what an amazing app this is, but you truly must try it out for yourself!
Here are my favorite books that we tried:
Sleeping Beauty: an abbreviated version of the classic tale with dramatic illustrations and a 'surprise' feature where you make the prince kiss Sleeping Beauty to wake her up!
The Adventures of Alt: take Alt on an adventure to rescue new friends while listening to a 'robotic' narrator (honestly could have done without that part, but overall loved Alt and the interactive features)!
The Candy Factory: a MUST have! You can make the kids float on a cloud of cotton candy around the screen....enough said!
Moon Secrets: a cute short story that works for young ones with short attention spans. Adorable large graphics that move with the story. This one is FREE to try!
I Want To Be A Pirate: LoLo's favorite one (of course). He told me today that he wants to be a pirate when he grows up...oh boy! I liked the colorful characters and simple backgrounds. LoLo really liked the canons that fire when you turn the page!
Disclosure: These downloads were given to me by TouchyBooks to facilitate this review. All opinions and words are my own.